Prime Time TV has more nudity than ever

The Parents Television Council has just confirmed our worst fears:

Nudity on prime time TV is rising.

Since only a year ago, the PTC claims that nudity has gone up 407% in 2011 – 2012. What can explain this sudden decent into depravity? Are we so culturally bankrupt that the only way we can comfort ourselves between hollow Hollywood remakes is to see some pixelated tits on basic cable between 5pm and 9pm?

Of course not, that’s why we have the internet. We don’t have to wait around for that window where nudity may pop onto the screen. You can look at from your phone.

Still, the PTC has crunched the numbers to prove the spike in television nudity. Here are the message as they appeared in the press release:


  • “Almost 70% of the scenes that depicted full nudity during the 2011–-2012 study period were on shows that aired before 9:00 pm and as early as 7:00 pm. In comparison, 50% of the full nudity scenes aired after 9:00 pm the previous year.
  • Out of 76 instances of full nudity during the 2011-–2012 study period, only five of those depictions occurred on shows that contained an “S” descriptor alerting parents to the explicit adult content.
  • Relative to full-frontal nudity, one instance occurred during the 2010–2011 study period and by the same time the following year, 64 instances of full-frontal nudity had aired. This represents a 6300% increase in just one year.
  • There was a 2700% increase in the use of blurring or pixilation to cover body parts in 2011–2012 compared to the previous year (n = 56 and n = 2 respectively).
  • During the 2010–2011 study period, black bars, logos, and/or conveniently placed objects in a scene were used to block the view of sexual organs from the viewer 87% of the time. In contrast, during the 2011–2012 study period, 74% of the incidents of full nudity used blurring or pixilation to cover sexual body parts.
  • During the 2011-2012 season there were 76 incidents of full nudity on 37 shows compared to 15 incidents in 14 shows the previous year, representing a 407% increase in incidents.”

It should be made clear that there was never any actual graphic, full-frontal nudity. As it was prime time TV, every instance of nudity that offended the PTC was pixelated or covered by strategically placed objects. So the nudity that has spiked is actually implied nudity. Not nearly as serious, right?

The PTC is urging people to contact the FCC. In the press release they ask:

We call on you to give the FCC your full support for decency enforcement; to urge the FCC to move forward with all due haste in clearing the backlog of 1.6 million unadjudicated indecency complaints; and to give the FCC the tools it needs to ensure enforcement actions are meaningful and appropriate… Because Our Children Are Watching.”

It is implied nudity remember. Doesn’t it seem a bit like an overreaction?

Is it really a good idea to increase censorship rather than encourage more involved parenting? Children shouldn’t be exposed to nudity but if they are, parents should talk to them to help them understand. Also, parents should not be parking their kids in front of prime time TV. My parents did it and look at how fucked up I turned out.

Blog post originally appeared on The Blog

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