Prominence of Human Sexuality in Media and Popular Culture
a philosophical thesis by Matthew Bissonnette
A universal commonality among all life is an imperative to procreate thus continuing the species, this subject can tap into instinctual drives which are hard to consciousness perceive. The fixation on human sexuality in both media and popular culture is growing increasingly common. A product is most profitable when it is made for the largest market, and since these issues are partly about instinctual aspects of the human mind sex is a reliable way to get everyone's attention. Some products in commercials do little to inform on their inherent benefits, but rather link the product to sex since it will get many viewers interested in the product. As the twentieth century progressed, issues which once where not spoken of publicly became more common in all forms of media. Such matters of intimacy among consenting adults was a private matter, now it seems sexual characteristics have become a large issue in the public forum. I believe a unforeseen side effect was that many relations between adults are increasingly about gratification. It as well creates a view of relations between adults being no more then about intimacy which many tend to emulate perhaps not fully aware of possible consequences. Though I am not sure as to how common historical statistics about such crimes are, it seems that in many countries sex has become the motive for tragic instances of crimes. A perception may exist that this one aspect of human existence is almost a primary cause in life, and since it is partly tied to instincts; it can effect some in a way which they may not be aware of. But it continues to be a reliable method of getting most people's attention, but some debate should be voiced on exactly what effect this trend in society has been. Perhaps these issues should remain a private subject between adults and avoided for the most part in the public eye. That human identity is not really about private matters.