Netflix series influence the sexuality of young people, but their influence is not always positive

While sex is very present in the series, especially for teenagers, sexual health topics are still underrepresented or stigmatized, according to two French researchers. And that’s a shame.

Dawson Skins, Sex Education, Euphoria…Regardless of the era, sex has always been a TV show for teenagers, even if it means influencing their sexuality. But how, exactly? French researchers Solenne Tauty and Philippe Martin are interested in this question How sexual health is depicted in the series netflix. Their work was the subject of research led by the National Institute for Health and Medical Research (Inserm) and the National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED). as reported miss. According to their findings, the sexual health are underrepresented in the series, and if they can have a positive effect on the youngest, the opposite is also possible.

Sexual health does not end with STDs

According to the World Health Organization, “sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being related to sex, it is not just the absence of disease, dysfunction or weakness. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the opportunity to have pleasurable and safe sexual experiences free from coercion, discrimination and violence. The Human Rights and Sexual Rights of all people must be respected in order to achieve and maintain good sexual health.protected and implemented”, we can read on the website of the Ministry of Health and Prevention.

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A definition that covers both the concept of physical and emotional health consent and respect from all of you. An aspect that is always ignored or sometimes minimized in the series.

The series is a good way to learn about sexual health

A 2001 study by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation looked at the role of soap operas and television in youth sexuality and sexual health. The series already had an informative and educational title: a quarter of children aged 12-17 heard about AIDS for the first time thanks to the series. 40% of 13-18-year-olds responded by copying movies and TV shows to discuss sex-related topics with their partner. One in four teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18 say they have learned a lot about pregnancy and being pregnant. contraception thanks to the serials and four in ten teenagers aged 15-17 have learned a lot about sexually transmitted infections.

According to this study, the serial Emergency room in two episodes of the series, she would have played a very important role in the prevention and promotion of sexual health by informing American TV presenters about the existence of the morning-after pill and the papillomavirus. And if In 2001, 68% of series showed sex, and only 10% were about sexual health.. Worse, only 2% of these series promoted it, with most addressing the issue of sexual health for just one episode.

Sexual health is still very caricatured

A recent study revealed this European women, especially young women under the age of 25, were increasingly turning to “fun sex.”, but no information was provided on the sexual health of the French. An often-overlooked aspect, according to two researchers. They are especially sorry “lack of messages promoting sexual health [qui] can make the audience think about their own representations, norms and behavior”.

To carry out this study, the researchers looked at 65 episodes of the six most-watched series on Netflix: two of them were about sexual health, and four could touch on this topic, but not make it the main topic. According to them, Of the 62 sexual health promotion messages, 50 were in the first two sets.

Among messages promoting sexual health, 19% were about aggression and violence, 18% about protection against sexually transmitted infections, and 15% about contraception. However, they were aware of it some messages sometimes “reinforced stigma and discrimination, downplayed and ridiculed sexual health issues.. Some young people may also be insensitive to this type of content because they feel uncomfortable or unrepresented.” Therefore, a representation that needs to be deepened to de-stigmatize this topic.

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