I finally have a chance to post once again now that I have settled into my new job quite nicely. As some of you may know, I am a mental health therapist and eventual psychology Ph.D. candidate in Developmental Psychology. I specialize in working with and reseraching sexual offenders/offending. I am currently working with adolescent sexual offenders (previously I was researching adults). Let me just say that certain things have been eye opening working with this population. In every client, their childhood has been pathetic. But what I find most unsettling is the fact that these kids are immenslty affected by the way society portrays sex as a “toy” as something to have regularly on a daily basis with x’le partners. Music, shows, magazines, you really don’t realize how “detrimental” some of this stuff is. Perhaps its time we as a society take a look deeper. What happened to the twenties where long skirts were in and sex was valued. I understand the whole “women’s liberation” thing, but something has changed…of course thats obvious, but is it simply we are just more acting on the pleasure principle now?
Reason I ask is becuase these kids listen to music, hear things on TV, watch people…and sometimes we wonder why we have a sex offender problem? Lets think about what we are teaching our kids, eps. those who come from otherwise pathetic backgrounds where no one cares about them, they are abused, and they have access to all kinds of trash in the media.
Sorry for the tangent, but you don’t realize some things until you are working with a populations that may have SOME SMALL CHANCE to change, and they are constantly bombarded by media that says “sex” is more or less, without emotion.