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Scott D. Pierce: TV sex is a problem but violence is fine?

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We could argue about the competing studies on how television influences behavior. But broadcast TV is based on the commercials affecting behavior, so it’s disingenuous to argue that program content does not.

If I had young children, there’s no way I’d allow them to watch "Hannibal." When my kids were growing up, I knew what was on TV and didn’t let them watch a lot of it.

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Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting sexual content is good for children. I’m not suggesting that adults shouldn’t watch shows designed for them. I’m not suggesting local stations should pull shows and deny adult viewers the right to make decisions for themselves.

But what I don’t understand is parents who reject sex on TV but don’t flinch at the violence.

Scott D. Pierce covers television for The Salt Lake Tribune. Email him at spierce@sltrib.com; follow him on Twitter @ScottDPierce.

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