Last night was the Season 3 premiere of ABC Family’s Secret Life of the American Teenager, a show about a naive teen who gets knocked up at band camp by the bad ass older drummer. Another Brenda Hampton show, when SLAT premiered I wondered how 7th Heaven it would seem. As it turns out, not a lot.
The last roommate and I used to watch this show. It’s on my list of guilty pleasure ABC Family shows (a list that stems back to 2005’s Beautiful People and included Wildfire and Greek and of course the new Make It Or Break It–DON’T JUDGE ME!)
Anyway, while I realize that this is a show geared towards teenagers I can’t help but watch it. There is something about the typical teenage reactions and awkward dialogue and–wait, while we’re on the dialogue….
Sex. Sex, sex, sex, sex, sex. That is a typical sentence on this show. On this show that is geared towards teenagers. In a typical conversation between any of the characters really, you can hear the word “sex” uttered a minimum of 5 times. It got so noticeable that the roommate and I decided that a SLAT sex count was in order. Our highest number in an episode is 42 (for the record, last night’s episode count was 39). That’s right, these young little actors can say “sex” 42 times in an hour long episode. In a hour long show, which really is only like 45 minutes after you account for the commercial times the word “sex” was said 42 times. That is almost once per minute!
Normally I wouldn’t have a problem with that. But normally I would be watching the CW or something a little more…adult.
Is it just me that finds this weird? It is just me that finds it a bad sign that a show geared towards kids ages 14-18ish is promoting oral sex and masturbation? Really. They really suggested that as an alternative in last night’s episode. And they didn’t dance around it they came right out and said it. Am I just a prude?
Or maybe, am I normal to find this abnormal? Am I normal because I’m worried about the fact that my innocent little 14-year-old cousin, who should be focusing on having fun with her friends and wondering when she’ll have her first kiss, could flip this show on and suddenly feel she’s out of the loop because she hasn’t had sex yet?
Maybe this is my old age showing. Maybe I will now spend all of time starting stories with “back in my day.” And maybe I don’t care. Because back in my day, it was hard enough to be a teenager and I can’t help but feel bad for teenagers today.