Society’s Obsession With Sex – How the Media Influence Society’s View of Adult Sexual Relationships

“Sex sells” is an expression in the business marketing world, and rightfully so; the pornography industry is one of the top most lucrative businesses in the world. Sex is a natural desire and behavior; it is how we are all born into creation and how we will continue to populate the world. However, along with society’s obsession with beauty, weight, and health, the obsession with sex has made yet another headline in the news. This time the sports world has entered the sex story arena with a “first male athlete” sexual orientation story which will be the buzz for however long it takes for the next breaking story to surface. As human beings what is it about sex that draws so much of our attention. Is it because sex is suppose to be private, so naturally we would be curious about others, and when we do find out the media would not stop discussing it?

I am not a Freudian, but Sigma Freud theories of sexual identify does come to mind when thinking about society’s obsession with sex. Psychology professionals revealed that sex can be categories as an addiction. In extreme cases people are labeled as sex addicts because they cannot control their natural sexual urges. But when you think about how bombarded we are with sex through images in billboards, movies, internet, music videos, art, books, magazines, and commercials, it is possible to understand how people can over indulge or become “addicted.” Sex is also portrayed as a topic of sensitivity, scandal, and business. For example, parent(s) find the topic of sex sensitive when talking to their children; the media expose peoples’ private sex lives in news stories of social scandal; and advertisers find sex effective in appealing to buyers when promoting products. As a society it is our responsibility to control what we let enter how minds. However, this is almost impossible considering and how bombarded we are by the advancements of technology. This is an indication that we need to guard our minds and avoid as much of the media as possible.

Naturally sex is a process involved in reproduction, emotionally sex an expression of love, desire, and devotion, and physically sex is a form of pleasure. In other words, in our minds we attach our own meanings to sex. The meanings we attach to sex is significantly influenced by the media, as a result, some children and teenagers are mislead and misinformed. Some children and teenagers do not understand the value and importance of their bodies and the public examples set before them falls short of good morals and ethics. As a whole, society’s obsession with sex does trickle down to the younger generations.

Sex along with gender, race, ethnicity, status, politics, culture, and religion all seem to intertwine in topics of debate and social disturbance. The reason for this is simple, sex along with gender, race ethnicity, status, politics, culture, and religion are the human elements which sets us apart as a society. The human species like any other species including plants and animal do vary. The most common example of natural variation is the many beautiful colors of corn. In contrast, we are not all created exactly alike, we are all unique and complex beings.