Girls and Sex: A Content Analysis of Sexual Health Depictions in HBO’s Girls

Elise M. Stevens, Kyla P. Garrett

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Abstract

Sex on television has been a topic of interest to scholars and critics alike. History has shown that certain programs break the mold when talking about sex. One show that is currently leading this trend is HBO’s Girls, a fictional comedy-drama show with 4.1 million viewers that has received much attention for its portrayals of sex. This systematic, quantitative content analysis is a case study of the first three seasons of Girls. It examines sexual behaviors, sexual talk, and sexual risk and responsibility. Results revealed kissing to be the most prevalent sexual behavior and talking about own or other’s sexual interests/actions was the most frequent form of sexual talk. Most surprisingly, sexual risk/responsibility was represented much more in Girls than in shows evaluated in previous television content analyses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)923-935
Number of pages13
JournalSexuality and Culture
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Health
  • Humor
  • Media
  • Sex
  • Television

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies

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