The media will never tire of milking this “hook-up culture” phenomenon. Apparently, oral sex is the new goodnight kiss among teenagers. I feel like I’ve heard this story at least three times a year for the past five years. ABC’s Good Morning America warns that “good girls” from affluent suburban families are attending oral sex parties and engaging in prostitution. Renee at Womanist Musings covered the class and racial aspects of the story. That marginalized girls of color have sex is not news. What do you expect from those chicks? BUT YOUR PRETTY WHITE, MAYBE ASIAN, DAUGHTER IS GIVING BLOW JOBS!
Well-to-do families produce sons as well as daughters; do they not? Where are the documentaries about boys who do girls’ homework in exchange for sex? Just as I’d be horrified to learn that my daughter sells her body for designer handbags; I’d be appalled if I found out my son paid his chem lab partner for head. It takes two to tango. But boys are never featured in these sex panic stories. Presumably, people are upset that girls are “degrading themselves” sexually. Degrading themselves. There’s no outrage directed at the boys allegedly doing the degrading (no, I don’t think sex degrades girls inherently). I suppose we can’t prevent our sons from becoming teenage johns. :shrug:
The media doesn’t have any interest in reducing this behavior. If they did, they’d approach the topic by addressing the boys as well as the girls. Instead, they recognize that naughty girls put asses in the seats and unbalanced coverage of teenagers’ sex lives confirms sexist viewers’ prejudices.