Saturday, 4 June 2011

On the sexualisation of children...


Back in 1971 (or thereabouts, these things fade with the passing years) I went to a birthday party for Grainne Keegan. We were ten. The theme of the party was "what I want to be when I grow up" - I went brandishing my cricket bat.

Of the girls attending at least half turned up in hotpants declaring the desire to be a model - lots of excitement because the girlies got to wear some make-up and dress in grown up clothes.

Is that what we mean by the sexualisation of children? Because if it is we should worry more about our attitude to children and sex than about any damage being done to little girls by letting them dress a little grown up sometimes.


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