by Dick Rolfe, Co-founder/CEO The Dove
I do not usually comment on television programming, since The
Dove Foundation’s focus is on movies and DVDs. However, once in a while someone
points out a critical issue that impacts media-watching families everywhere.
an issue was recently reported by our friends at the Parents Television Council.
PTC’s newest report, Women in Peril: A Look at TV’s Disturbing New Storyline
Trend, is a stark reminder to those of us who enjoy an occasional crime drama on
television. (My favorite is NCIS.)
Until this important study came out, I was not aware of a disturbing pattern;
creators of these crime drama shows are writing a disproportionate number of
stories, whether intentional or not, that emphasize violence against
women…usually young, attractive, vulnerable women. This mixture of violence and
sexual images is referred to as “sexploitation.”
According to a PTC spokesperson, “Just last week actresses like Nicole Kidman
testified before the Congress that ‘Hollywood probably has contributed to
violence against women by portraying them as weak sex objects.’” The PTC rep
goes on to say, “We all must pay attention to the fact that this is a problem in
our society. The fact is that children are influenced by what they see on TV and
that certainly includes media violence.” We only have to look around at all the
copycat crimes that are committed almost daily, due in part to electronic news
I encourage you to read the report and download the PTC study,
Women in Peril.
We must always guard against becoming coarsened against violence by over
exposing ourselves to those media platforms that focus on violence and
sexploitation; whether television, movies, DVDs, videogames or the Internet.
The maxim, “you are what you eat” not only applies to our food selections, but
our entertainment choices as well.