i was visited today by jerald uy, segment producer of gma's tv documentary 'the reporter's notebook.' the topic? 'sex confession' shows on radio..
many times, i've listened to these sex confession shows while riding a cab at night. the format consists of callers narrating details of their sexual experiences. personally, i don't care too much about what the callers disclose. the host however (papa jack i think is his name) does catch my attention with his amusing questions, quips, and opinions..
one question which jerald asked was "what is the effect of these shows on children?" i informed him that when children are exposed to sensual material, it gets them precociously curious, experimental, and adventurous with regards to sex. consequently, the children become sexual preoccupied or even addicted, become distracted from their studies, learn to objectify people, and run the risks of acquiring sexually transmitted diseases or causing pregnancy..
jerald also asked, "why do people listen to these shows?" i told him that the shows can be considered "auditory porn" and those who listen are "auditory voyeurs." as people listen, they visually imagine the vivid sexual narrations of the callers, thereby adding to their collection of sexual fantasies..
the shows are also listened to because people by nature are generally curious about sex and will want to know what happens in the bedroom of others. in so doing, they get to compare themselves with others, giving them the chance to evaluate their own sexual experiences as abnormal, normal or better than others..
it was a brief interview and i ended by reminding producers and hosts of such shows that children of this generation stay awake later than children of past generations. thus, they are obliged to censor themselves for the sake of children whose ears may stray into their programs..
needless to say, parents should monitor their children not only for the tv programs they watch and the websites they surf, but also for the radio programs they listen to. better yet, parents should make sure that their children are TIGHTLY tucked in bed BEFORE the clock strikes 12 and that the radio is turned off!