Study Reveals Teens' Warped Perceptions of Sex

      September 14, 2012 09:29

      A study on adolescents' attitudes toward sex has revealed some alarming misperceptions.

      The Korean Women's Development Institute surveyed 4,810 middle and high school students last year and found that 7.4 percent of male students or 197 believed women are aroused when they are treated roughly. Only 3 percent of female students (70) concurred.

      Some 5 percent of boys surveyed (139) and 4 percent of girls (88) said violence is one way in which a man can arouse a woman.

      Some 29 percent of boys said men should have the right to pay for sex, but only 8.8 percent of girls agreed.

      Some 19 percent of boys (528) felt men are unable to control their sexual desires as they are instinctive, and 15 percent of girls (311) took the same deterministic view.

      "More boys than girls tend to feel that sexual violence or paying for sex is acceptable," the KWDI said. "There is a strong chance that youngsters with such attitudes may become more aggressive and violent in their sex lives."

      Experts said such warped sexual beliefs were largely the result of being exposed to pornographic material featuring the abusive treatment of women. They say that teens who rape girls or film their acts and spread them online could be copying behavior they saw in pornographic movies.

      "Like current moves to put graphic and gruesome pictures on cigarette packages [to deter smokers], we should think about posting educational video clips on websites that a lot of kids frequent to give them more sensible ideas about sex," said Chang Mi-hae at the KWDI.

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