Kids Gone Wild: From Rainbow Parties to Sexting, Understanding the Hype Over Teen Sex

Kids Gone Wild: From Rainbow Parties to Sexting, Understanding the Hype Over Teen Sex

Joel Best, Kathleen A. Bogle


Winner of the 2015 Brian McConnell e-book Award offered by means of the overseas Society for modern Legend Research

To pay attention mainstream media assets inform it, the intercourse lives of recent childrens outpace even the smuttiest of cable tv indicates. teenager ladies “sext” specific photographs to boys they prefer; they put on “sex bracelets” that symbolize what sexual actions they've got performed, or will do; they group up with different ladies at “rainbow events” to accomplish intercourse acts on teams of prepared teenager boys; they shape “pregnancy pacts” with their top girlfriends to all develop into youngster moms whilst. From The this present day convey, to CNN, to the New York Times, tales of those occasions were featured generally within the media. yet are so much teenage—or younger—children quite going to intercourse events and having a number of sexual encounters in an orgy-like type?
 
Researchers say no—teen intercourse is absolutely no longer rampant and teenage being pregnant is at low degrees. yet why do tales like those locate such media site visitors, exploiting mom and dad’ worst fears? How do those rumors start, and the way do they trip round the state or even around the globe?
 
In Kids long gone Wild, best-selling authors Joel most sensible and Kathleen A. Bogle use those tales concerning the fears of the becoming sexualization of adolescence to discover what we all know approximately modern legends and the way either conventional media and the web perpetuate those rumors whereas, from time to time, debating their authenticity. top and Bogle describe the method during which such tales unfold, hint how and to the place they've got moved, and music how they could morph as they trip from one medium to a different. eventually, they locate that our society’s view of youngsters raging uncontrolled has drastic and unexpected results, fueling the talk on intercourse schooling and affecting coverage judgements on every little thing from the supply of the morning after capsule to who's incorporated on intercourse criminal registries.
 
A impressive examine the reality at the back of the sensationalism in our tradition, Kids long past Wild is a much-needed warning sign for a society made up our minds to think the worst approximately its youth.

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