Has 'Glee' Become Overly Sexualized?

When does a prime-time TV show cross the line between addressing sexual subjects and exploiting them? Glee illustrated the fuzziness of that line in last week's episode, "Sexy," which featured frank dialogue about lesbianism, gay relationships, celibacy, promiscuity, virginity, STDs, sex tapes and the meaning of "Afternoon Delight."

In fact, the episode was so racy that it aired a parental warning before the show started, as if...

a)Parents are actually watching Glee with their kids
b)Such a warning would make kids think twice about watching, versus having the exact opposite effect.

I'm not suggesting all shows with tween audiences should be set in a '50s-style parental utopia in which there's no sex and no bathrooms. But an episode so saturated with sex talk that it requires a warning sticker may indeed be a bit over the top. What's more is it took sides. "Sexy" went out of its way to mock conservative approaches like abstinence, and glamorized sexual behavior both in song and in bed.

I'm torn between the value of honestly addressing issues like gay acceptance and sexual responsibility, and the resulting burden put on real parents when their 9-year-olds ask what Gwyneth Paltrow had in mind for that cucumber. More power to Kurt (Chris Colfer) and his dad (Mike O'Malley) for discussing the bees and the bees, but I'm certainly not ready -- nor should I have to be -- to tackle those question for my own tween simply because we watched a TV show.

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