Selling Youth Sexuality

The cast of the hit TV show “Glee” goes soft-porn in a men’s magazine. We look at the debate over kids and marketed sex.

The November 2010 cover image of GQ: from left, Dianna Agron, Cory Monteith, and Lea Michele, from the TV series "Glee.” (AP/GQ, Terry Richardson)

The Fox TV show “Glee” was a hit from the start when it came out last year. At last, a show the family could watch. High school kids singing. Glee club.

It sounded like innocence, a little bit of Happy Days. Now, the female leads of Glee are posing for GQ magazine in their undies. Bobbie socks and bare flesh, soft-porn style.

Of course, they’re not actually kids. And “Glee”‘s not so innocent. But once again, there’s the image of highly-sexualized teen life. Critics are crying pedophilia. We hear the debate.

-Tom Ashbrook


Pepper Schwartz, professor of sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she teaches one of the school’s most popular courses on the sociology of sexuality. She’s author of dozens of papers and academic papers on sexuality.

Kim Morgan, writer and blogger for MSN Movies, Huffington Post, IFC, Entertainment Weekly and Garage Magazine. She is the former L.A. Weekly film critic. Her blog is “Sunset Gun.”

Maria Luisa Tucker, co-editor of New Youth Connections, a magazine written by New York City public high school students and distributed to high schools,  libraries, and community organizations.

More from the GQ photo shoot:

In this publicity image below, released by GQ magazine, Lea Michele, from the TV series “Glee” poses in the November 2010 issue of GQ. Many say the “Glee” stars went too far in a series of racy photos in the magazine’s November issue (AP Photo/GQ, Terry Richardson).

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