The New York Times has reported that FOX and CBS are refusing to air a condom commercial. The reason? FOX writes "Contraceptive advertising must stress health-related uses rather than the prevention of pregnancy." Meanwhile, CBS defends its decision simply by stating it "did not find it appropriate" for its network. What an outrage!
In 2005, 70 percent of all television shows and 77 percent of prime-time shows contained sexual content. FOX and CBS shows are no exception. From Temptation Island to Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to The O.C. — a show that broadcasts an average of 6.7 sex scenes an hour — FOX and CBS have taken sex all the way to the bank.
Preventing unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections are top public health priorities. Television networks that pride themselves on public service should take every opportunity to educate the public about safer sex. By rejecting Trojan’s ad, FOX and CBS have made the wrong move for public health.
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Online Strategies Manager
Planned Parenthood Federation of America