Do 'Vampire Diaries' and 'Glee' Portray Teen Girls As Too Sexual?
A study by the Parents Television Council claims popular TV shows, like 'Vampire Diaries' and 'Glee' are portraying teen girls in an overly sexual way. It even states that female teenage characters are shown in more sexual scenes than adult female characters.
"It's a ubiquitous saturation of sexualization of young girls in every form of media," states President of the Parent Television Council Tim Winter. "It's not just college kids, it's not just twenty-somethings, we're now talking about teenagers."
Parenting expert Ann Pleshette Murphy explains, "Young children are watching these actors, they are seeing these pretend teenagers as the types of role models they want to become."
That's true: most actors and actresses playing teen roles are years older. Granted he plays a centuries old vampire on TV, Paul Wesley is 28 in real life, Candice Accola is 23, and Katerina Graham and Nina Dobrev are both 21. On 'Glee,' Cory Monteith is 28 in real life, Naya Rivera is 23, and Dianna Agron and Amber Riley are 24.
We asked readers of JSYK on Twitter what they thought about the claim and two people responded that they do not think 'The Vampire Diaries' is too sexy.
"No way!!!" tweeted @smexyturtle.
"I think @iansomerholder is too sexy for this world ;)" wrote @lga_LDN, who also has a photo of Ian as her Twitter background image.
Okay, point taken. Do you agree with the study? Are teenage female characters shown as too sexy for their age?%Poll-57531%