There wasn’t much on yesterday (Wednesday), so I thought I’d see what this “Dr. Phil” guy was like. He was discussing the effects of sex on teenagers, and he interviewed a sixteen-year-old girl who had sex and now regrets it. When she first came on camera, she was composed and calm. She said that she regretted having sex, but it didn’t seem to be terribly traumatic. “Dr” Phil then spent several minutes talking to her about what an awful thing she had done. When he had gotten her to break down sobbing, he had her turn to the camera and repeat his anti-sex moralizing. It was like watching a brain washing session. I was disgusted, and changed the channel.
Sex can cause emotional damage, but how much of it from sex itself, and how much from people like “Dr” Phil who act like sex is a horrible, disgusting thing to do? Earlier on the show, he interviewed a father who admitted to having a double standard WRT his son’s sex life versus his daughter. “Dr” Phil seemed critical of this. Well, I can’t imagine “Dr” Phil telling a male guest that by having sex, we was letting girls “use” his body for their pleasure. Yet he seemed to have no problem telling the girl that she let the guy “use” her. I don’t know the particulars of the relationship between her and her partner. Maybe he did use her. Maybe it was a completely equal realtionship, with no exploitation on either side. I don’t know enough to decide either way, and I don’t think “Dr” Phil does either. But based on what I saw on that show, it does look like that girl was exploited. By “Dr” Phil. I didn’t see any thereuputic value in what he put her through; all I saw is a middle aged man taking a girl who was on her way to dealing with the emotional consequences of a choice she regretted, and humiliating her in front of a live audience, and the television audience, so he show how awful sex is. If that girl ends up being scarred for life, it’s not going to be because of sex.