A study by the Parents Television Council (PTC) found that full-frontal nudity on primetime television has increased 6,300 percent from the 2010-2011 season.
While there was only one instance of full-frontal nudity during the 2010-2011 season, there were 64 documented incidents this past season.
The study also found that there were 76 incidents of full nudity on 37 shows during the September 1 to May 31 period, compared to 15 incidents in 14 shows last year, an increase of 407 percent. Almost 70 percent of those incidents occurred on shows that aired before 9 pm. Last year, that number was only 50 percent. The study also found that of those incidents, only five contained the “S” that describes sexual content in a TV show.
The study excluded incidents of animated or suggested full nudity in which the person is assumed to be nude on top, but a portion of their body is obscured by an object such as a table or lamp. It only included scenes in which the individual is completely naked but only the “sexual organ” is blocked from the viewer.
The study looked at shows like Suburgatory and Don’t Trust the B- in Apartment 23. In Suburgatory, as George (Jeremy Sisto) and Noah (Alan Tudyk) are arguing in a steam room, Fred opens his towel and his genitals are pixelated. In Apartment 23, Chloe (Krysten Ritter) sits on a kitchen counter fully naked with her breasts, butt, and genitals pixelated.
Melissa Henson, the director of communications for the PTC, said she is not surprised by the findings. Henson said:
“For years executives at the broadcast networks have been telegraphing their intent to follow in the footsteps of premium cable networks like HBO, Cinemax, and Showtime, and as this data shows, they are doing exactly that. They have been aggressively increasing the amount and explicitness of sexual content, nudity, foul language and violence in their primetime offerings … Nevertheless, it’s shocking to see a more than 400 percent increase in just two years.”
PTC president Tim Winter sent a letter to Congress, asking that they urge the FCC to clear the accumulation of 1.6 million unexamined complaints of indecency. He said if the public doesn’t put pressure on the networks, they will continue to push boundaries. Winter said:
“As long as there are companies willing to pay for ad time on shows featuring this type of content, the networks will continue to produce it. Consumers need to communicate their concerns to the companies that sponsor content like this.”
Are you surprised by the PTC’s findings?