What do the following things have in common:
Need some thinking music? Well, some people insist what they have in common is the premature sexualisation of children.
Was there ever a more alarming, loaded term?
It’s difficult to argue against anyone who claims to oppose the sexualisation of children. To do that, by definition you must be in favour of it. And what sicko is going to put their hand up to join that team?
However. While there are aspects of pop culture that make me want to throw things – and some that make me want to throw up – the growing movement against the sexualisation of children is making me nervous.
And here’s why.
Lately, I’ve noticed that hot-button labels like ‘child sexualisation’ are being used in some cases as a Trojan horse by extremely conservative or religious groups whose true intentions are to turn back the clock on all sorts of other things.
Things like sex education, access to contraception, information about safe sex and reproductive choices. Not only do I think this is naïve, dishonest and counter-productive, the truth is that most of these issues have nothing to do with children. They relate to teens and adults. Very different.
That kind of alarmist blanket ban approach simply doesn’t work for me. For example, I’ll defend Dolly Doctor (and similar content in other teen mags) to the moon and back.
It’s vital that girls – and boys – have easy access to information about sex and their bodies written by respected professionals.
I’m not a fan of the Supre ad we discussed yesterday.
I can’t stand those erection dysfunction ads and it’s best not to get me started on the portrayal of women in magazines and music videos.