Wednesday, August 21, 2013

SHAMELESS (2011): Teen Admits to Oral & Lesbian Sex and Orgies by 8th Grade and "Rides" Mother's BF on Webcam

Karen's Confession at the Purity Ball

I wrote about raunchy teen behavior in The Allure of Nymphets to give examples of bawdy teen conduct portrayed in popular culture and to relate that nymphets possess desires to have sex as badly as (older) adults. Feminists denied the fact that young girls desired to be sexually active and blamed the nymphet's promiscuity on "dirty old men"; thus, the age-of-consent laws were born near the turn of the nineteenth century. 

However, Mary E. Odem shared in Delinquent Daughters: Protecting and Policing Adolescent Female Sexuality in the United States, 1885-1920 that despite the implementation of age of consent laws, the level of teen promiscuity got so bad that during World War I the military had to implement a five-mile radius moral zone around military bases where alcohol and teen prostitution were prohibited. Despite those measures, over the course of the war thousands of young girls were apprehended for illicit activities, prostitution and suspicion of spreading venereal diseases.

In episode ten of the first season of Shameless, Karen, a high school sophomore, confessed at a Purity Ball that at the age of thirteen she started having oral sex with three or four boys. And she confessed that she was involved in orgies and lesbian strap-on dildo sex by the 8th grade. 

Karen was so distraught after her father called her a whore in front of the other Purity Ball attendees that she decided to get revenge by creating Daddyz Girl, an online diary, and have a live sex show with her mother's married boyfriend.

But what prompted the trip to the Purity Ball, where teen's confessed their past erotic 
escapades, is just as revealing. In the pilot episode of Shameless, Karen's father caught her performing oral sex under the kitchen table while her mother chopped veggies only three feet away,

I would argue that Karen's raunchy behavior is yet another example of art imitating life. 






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