Episode 192: Consent Culture in Television and Film

May 23, 2023 by Justin Lehmiller

Sex and Psychology Podcast
Sex and Psychology Podcast
Episode 192: Consent Culture in Television and Film

When people today look back at popular films and TV shows from decades past, they are often completely aghast at the sex scenes. Through our modern lens, they frequently read as problematic. While things have certainly changed in recent years, consent remains an elusive ideal, and one that Hollywood still struggles to get right with on-screen portrayals of sex.  So let’s explore how consent culture is shaping the way that sexuality (and, in particular, teenage sexuality) is depicted in the media.

For today’s episode, I am joined by Dr. Michele Meek, a writer, filmmaker, professor, and entrepreneur. She is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies department at Bridgewater State University. Her most recent book Consent Culture and Teen Films: Adolescent Sexuality in US Movies delves into the history of adolescent sexuality in the media.

Some of the topics we discuss include:

  • How have portrayals of teen sexuality on screen changed over time?
  • What does the term “consent culture” mean?
  • How is consent culture changing the way sexuality is portrayed in popular media?
  • How does media exposure impact young viewers when it comes to sexuality and relationships?
  • What are some examples of films or media that can serve as teachable moments about consent?

Be sure to check out Michele’s website to learn more about her films, writing, and other projects.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
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Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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