Youth culture, media and sexuality : what could faith communities contribute?

Cloete, Anita (2012-02)

CITATION: Cloete, A.L. 2012. Youth culture, media and sexuality : what could faith communities contribute?. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 68(2): 1-6, doi: 10.4102/hts.v68i2.1118.

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Publication of this article was funded by the Stellenbosch University Open Access Fund.


This article provided an overview of youth culture and how the media shapes youth culture today. Its specific aim was to focus on the access to sexual content that the different forms of media provide and the possible effect that they have on youth culture today. The sexual development of teenagers is one of the most important areas of their journey into adulthood and can easily be influenced by media messages on sex and sexuality. As such, the sexual behaviour of teenagers mostly seems to demonstrate a misconception on sex and sexuality. The author argued that sex and sexuality can also be viewed as theological issues and concluded by offering a few suggestions on how faith communities can become a more relevant and effective partner in fostering a theological understanding of sex and sexuality, especially to the youth.

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