In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 24, 2012/ 3 Sivan, 5772

To eavesdrop at MTV's creative conference room

By Marybeth Hicks

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I have joked for years that MTV is destroying civilization as we know it. Then, the network gave us "Jersey Shore," and proved my joke wasn't funny, it was true.

Now, I'm convinced the people at MTV actually sit around a conference table and ponder the question: How can we exploit and corrupt the innocence and morality of an entire generation?

Earlier this week, Breitbart.com ran a story about a casting call posted on a site called Realitywanted.com, which lists opportunities to appear on reality TV shows. This one was for a proposed MTV show titled "Losing It," in which participants (required to be 18 or older) would allow themselves to be filmed as they embarked on a journey to lose their virginity.

"Do you want to take things to the next level?" the post asked. "Like, are you ready to hand over your V Card? Or do you have a friend who is ready to lose it?"

Reassuringly, the casting call promised that filming would not include the act itself. Such a sacrifice on MTV's part, considering the ratings that could be achieved by following a newbie into the bedroom.

Yet this is what now can be considered MTV's sense of boundaries. You'll only be exploited to a point.

Fast forward to Tuesday. The casting call has "expired or been removed." Since it wasn't set to expire until May 28, it's safe to assume MTV took the hint from the disgusted reactions across the blogosphere and Twitterverse to such a grotesque concept for a TV show.

MTV's bad taste is now the stuff of legends. After all, this is the cable network that gave us "The Hard Times of RJ Berger," a short-lived "teen sex comedy" about a nerdy 15-year-old whose claim to fame is a notoriously large sex organ.

But bad taste and the "entertainment" it produces aren't nearly as egregious as MTV's utter lack of social responsibility.

Media is now considered a "sexual super peer," especially for adolescent girls. This means girls look to media for guidance and information about sexual behavior and practices. The American Psychological Association, in a 2007 report from its Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls, stated emphatically that media is primarily responsible for sending consistently negative messages about sex that serve to corrupt girls' sexual innocence and define themselves in sexual terms.

But beyond awareness and self-image, tweens and teens are acting on the information gleaned through the media's constant barrage of sexual themes. Young people's "sexual media diet" or "SMD" is predictive of the onset of sexual activity.

In a study of 12- to 14-year-old girls, those with larger SMDs were more likely to be sexually active within two years than those who consumed less sexual material. And a 2008 study released in the journal Pediatrics revealed that exposure to sexual content actually is a predictor of teen pregnancy. Other studies confirm that teen girls have high rates of regret about sex and, more often than not, wish they had waited to become sexually active.

The folks at MTV may think they exhibit responsibility by balancing hypersexed shows like "Jersey Shore" with "16 and Pregnant," another in its "reality" lineup that focuses on the struggles of being a single teen mom. (Really, what is "real" about any of these shows?)

It's a sure bet they pat themselves on the back for their partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation on a website for young people called Itsyoursexlife.com, which offers advice and information on how to enjoy "safe and healthy" adolescent sex. (The guru at that site is Dan Savage, the vulgar and volatile gay activist who makes news by bashing the Bible.)

But none of MTV's smoke screens can obscure the fact that one of the most popular networks for teens and tweens would sell out the physical, emotional and spiritual health of its audience if it meant making money on a tasteless reality show.

So it's back to the conference room for the MTV creative team. Can't you just wait to see what they come up with next?

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JWR contributor Marybeth Hicks, a wife of more than 20 years and mother of four children, lives in the Midwest. She uses her column to share her perspective on issues and experiences that shape families nationwide. To comment, please click here.


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