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Sex On Soap Operas Survey

Sex On Soap Operas - Introduction

What's On Your TV?

Purpose of the Article

DAYS OF OUR LIVES or ANOTHER WORLD? - The Reality of Sex on Soap Operas

Are Soap Operas Like The Real World?

Does Watching Soaps Give Unrealistic Ideas?

How Much LOVING in the Afternoon - The Quantity of Sex on Soaps

What's The Soap Audience Actually Seeing?

What's The Audience Actually Seeing - 2

Sex and Its Consequences for THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL of Daytime

Soap Opera Social Issues - Abortion

Soap Opera Social Issues - Rape, Prostitution, and Teenage Pregnancy

Does Sex on Soaps Lead to Trouble?

Does Sex on Soaps Lead To Trouble? - 2

Soap Opera as a GUIDING LIGHT - Effects and Gratifications of Watching Soaps

Are People Influenced By Soap Operas?

Are People Influenced By Soap Operas? - 2

How Involved Do Soap Audiences Get?

"Different Words, Different Worlds" - Deborah Tannen's Theories Applied to Soap Operas

"One-up, One-down" Soap Storylines

Soap Opera Report Talk Versus Rapport Talk

Sex On Soap Operas - Conclusion

Research Notes:

Soap Opera Works Cited And Reviewed - 1

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Sex On Soap Operas - Introduction

Are DAYS OF OUR LIVES, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, GENERAL HOSPITAL, and the rest of the daytime soaps filling the afternoon airwaves with sex and more sex? What's really going on?

If you would like to see a mini-version of the original Sex On Soap Operas Research Survey conducted for this article before you continue reading, please go to the Sex On Soap Operas Survey Page.

When you're finished, come back and you will be able to compare your responses to those listed here in the official research.

Soap operas have been a cultural phenomenon for more than seventy-five years since Irna Phillips created the first radio soap opera called Painted Dreams in the early 1930's. Since then, there have been literally hundreds of radio soap operas and television soap operas over the years. Another Phillips' creation, GUIDING LIGHT, has been in continuous production (first on radio, later moving to TV and radio at the same time, then exclusively on TV, and now still on TV and also available in a podcast from the CBS website) since 1937 making it the oldest continuous program of any type in broadcast history.

Phillips also created other daytime dramas still on the air including AS THE WORLD TURNS and DAYS OF OUR LIVES. (She is credited as co-creator). She was also the creator of the long-running ANOTHER WORLD as well as many radio soaps now relegated to footnotes in broadcast history.

Ever since the first radio script included the words: "SOUND OF KISS – ORGAN MUSIC SWELLS," sex, or at least the implication of it, has been a constant and inextricable element of soap operas. Today's soap heroines are no longer required to remain virgins until marriage as their long ago radio counterparts were and the organ music disappeared years ago, but kisses are barely the least of sexual content on today's soaps.


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Sex On Soap Operas was written as part of an academic research project.

Please cite it as you would any other source.

Original Version © 1992 Second Edition © 2006 by Matthew W. Grant

Revised & Expanded Third Edition (© 2011) Now Available At:

Sex On Soaps: Afternoon Love & Lust On Television Daytime Dramas