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Published On: Tue, Jun 4th, 2013

Study notes Blurred nudity on TV increases, but the ratings remain the same

New research from the Parents Television Council shows that blurred or pixilated full nudity is increasingly being shown on primetime broadcast television shows, and that almost 70% of this type of nudity is being shown on TV-PG rated programs.

Note the increases a year ago, when blurred frontal nudity became commonplace on TV – More here

The PTC found that there were almost as many shows containing blurred or pixilated full nudity in only the first 4 months of 2013 (N=16) as aired during the entire 2011-2012 television season (N=22).

blurred-prime-time-nudity“Most parents instinctively know that they need to monitor what their kids watch on television, but our new research shows that it would be almost impossible for them to protect their kids from blurred or pixilated nudity on TV since most broadcast TV networks are rating these shows as acceptable for young children,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“This data exposes the huge flaw in the TV ratings system: that the TV networks rate their own content and are financially motivated not to give a TV show a higher rating, otherwise advertisers would likely flee.”

Winter explains the ‘ratings creep’ and how he expects the trend to worsen.

“Our findings are also alarming because if this kind of nudity continues to increase – as we believe it will – and the FCC’s proposal to essentially stop enforcing the broadcast indecency law goes into effect, then it’s certain that the networks will continue to push the limits of decency even further. We have documented in the past that there is a phenomenon called ‘ratings creep,’ what’s not acceptable to show on TV in previous years eventually becomes acceptable. We cannot let that happen. Our children deserve to be protected. The FCC needs to enforce the indecency law – period. And if it doesn’t, then Congress needs to ensure that this happens and that children are protected,” Winter emphasized.

The PTC concludes that NBC and ABC are the most responsible, with the nets collectively accounting “for 88% of the full nudity that aired on primetime broadcast television.”

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  2. AS A MALE HOMOSEXUAL, I WILL TYPE, IF YOU WANT TO SEE FRONTAL-MALE NUDITY IN FILM, FOREIGN FILMS [WITH, LANGUAGE SUBTITLES; "R-," "NC-17-" AND "NOT RATED-" FILMS], WILL FULFILL YOUR NEEDS. IF THE DVD CASING INDICATES A FOREIGN FILM CONTAINS NUDITY, OVER SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE TIME, THAT MEANS FRONTAL-MALE NUDITY IS INCLUDED. ALTHOUGH ALL PREMIUM-CABLE CHANNELS SHOW THESE FILMS, Cinemax- AND Sundance-channels SEEM TO LEAD THE FIELD. WHEN IT COMES TO MALE NUDITY, FOREIGN COUNTRIES ARE AHEAD OF UNITED STATES; THIS ALSO APPLIES TO ADULT FILMS. [Foreign adult-films are more likely to depict sexual activity which is "frowned upon" in America].

    IN REFERENCE TO THIS ARTICLE, THE “BOTTOM-LINE” IS NETWORK TELEVISION FEELS A NEED TO BE SALACIOUS IN ORDER TO COMPETE WITH PREMIUM CABLE. A GREAT EXAMPLE IS THE TELEVISION SERIES, “NYPD Blue” – USUALLY, EACH EPISODE INCLUDES A “BOOTY FLASH.”

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

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