Adolescent Sexual Conflict
Audio Visual: Film
Are We Still Going to the Movies
14 minutes, color
Producer: McGraw Hill Films
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York, N. Y. 10020
Levels: Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult
Subject Areas: Psychology, sociology, social problems, sex education and ethics and values
This film depicts an unhealthy late adolescent relationship (chronological ages 17-19) that was based mainly on a physical attraction. Both young people in this film demonstrate traditional points-of-view in conjunction with male and female adolescent behaviors and expectations. Because this interaction demonstrates how many adolescents view premarital sexual activity and sex roles in general, a professional is extremely necessary. The couple’s names are Jack and Dana.
Title: Implicit and Explicit Societal Expectations
Time required: One Class Period
Materials: magazine ads of men and women where sex is used to sell a product
Process: Several days before the class, ask students to collect ads that use sex as a selling point. Have the males bring in ads that use the female body and the females bring in ads that use the male body. Display them on cardboard so that the class can see them all.
Ask the male students to explain what they see as the explicit message in the ads on women, and then the implicit messages. Do the same for your female students on the ads using males. Have the females also respond to the messages that the males said they got and the males react to the messages the females got from the male ads.
Discussion: How does this affect your expectations of a member of the opposite sex?
Finale: Finish the following sentence, ”I learned . . .
Day 2: Show the Film. (One class period)
Process: The instructor should take the role of “Interlocutor” after the film to: (a) desensitize the sensitive issues raised by the film; (b) focus the follow-up discussion on the relevant issues.
Have the female students react to Jack and label him using any word or name they feel necessary to explain their feelings. List these words on the blackboard under the heading
. Have the male students do the same for Dana.
Ask the following questions about the film:
a. How real was this film?
b. How do you think Jack felt at the end? Lana?
c. How did Dana try to smooth things over? Do females do this often?
d. When Jack used the line, “You don’t love me anymore”, what did you think?
e. Do you think Jack was right when he got angry? Explain.
f. If you were Dana, how would you have handles this situation? If you were Jack?
Make a list of questions that are pertinent to the age group that you are showing this film to.