It came almost as quickly as it was erected.
A giant pink condom was lowered onto an obelisk in Sydney on Friday to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS. Almost immediately, a cry of “won’t somebody please think of the children”, soared into the public conversation.
“There is a time and place for talking to children, and an age-appropriate time for parents to talk to children about condoms.
“Parents do not want to be forced into a situation where they have to explain something that’s not relevant.”
Like the famous giant butt-plug statue in Paris, the condom has raised the eyes of many in our communities, who are worried about the impact public conversations about sex have on our community, and in particular our children.
As they do, we have to ask, what are they so worried about?
Francis’ argument boils down quite simply — that the ‘protection’ of children from sexualised imagery is more important than public campaigns associated with things such as the pink condom.
It is a simple position. The internet, pornography, advertising and social media are bringing sex to children at a much earlier age. Research shows for example that kids are accessing porn online as early as 6 years old. With this, people like Francis argue we are sexualising kids too young — taking away their childly innocence and opening them up to all kinds of danger.