Skins

The new MTV show “Skins” has caused a lot of buzz over the last few weeks. The first episode’s summary from MTV’s website reads this way:

Tony’s a smart kid. So smart he believes that he can get his best friend Stanley laid, and make a profit in the bargain — with a drug deal.

The full summary on the website concludes this way:

Be it sex, drugs, the breadth of friendships or the depth of heartbreaks, Skins is an emotional mosh-pit that slams through the insanity of teenage years. They’ll crush hearts and burn brain cells, while fearlessly confronting every obstacle head on…or slightly off.

As you can imagine, there’s been a lot of talk about the new show. Not just for the overall theme of teenagers and sex, drugs and self-destructive behavior, but for the R-rated (or worse) content from actors that are still too young to get in to an R-rated movie.Advertisers like Taco Bell have pulled their commercials, and the Parents Television Council is asking if the show violates child pornography laws. We pulled together a list of links to some of the articles, blogs and stories (including the two cited above) from the last few weeks on our website for you to peruse. I’d especially encourage you to read what our friend Walt Mueller had to say in a thoughtful blog post on what he saw and perceived from watching the first episode of Skins.Students are bombarded 24/7 with messages that glamorize the new sexuality. They live in a sex-saturated world, and it’s imperative that we enter into an ongoing conversation about what they see, hear and experience. The days of a once-a-year, one-night, girls-in-one-room, guys-in-another 30-minute conversations are over.That’s why interlinc partnered with a dozen well-known youth ministry organizations to address sexuality honestly on “The Naked Truth.” The 3 hour DVD features 21 clips and discussion starters covering (among other things) pornography, same-sex issues, hooking-up and the “gone wild” culture.We’ve put some clips from “The Naked Truth” DVD on our website, along with the corresponding discussion guides. We want you to see for yourself a glimpse of the no-holds-barred tools you can use to start the conversation with your students.

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