Journal Entry: Thu Aug 11, 2011, 7:25 AM
I've been deeply disturbed lately by a few things I've read in the news.
We had a baby faced young man win Australia's Got Talent reality TV show. He got death threats.
Australia had a spin off of the Kids in Tiaras show - the American guest child could not appear due to secuity conceerns.
There was a 10 year-old on the cover of Vogue - to be fair, she was styled as an adult, but in an absolutely non-sexual way. Much outrage resulted.
My hope is that this journal will draw some intelligent comment - pleae don't be offensive or abusive - I'll just delete your post. I would sincerely like some sensible comment about this. There are many facets, equally true.
I feel some vaguely disturbed - kids have the right to be kids wthout being sexualized. However, I believe they have the right to also understand they can get prettied up without the world assuming that makes them "whore-ish." I worry that we parents are being caught between teaching our kids they have a right to be who they want wihout judgement vrsus the old argument about looking like a "slut". I'm not sure where I stand on that - I hate the idea of kids being sexualized, but I also hate the notion of telling kids they need to make sure they don't dress in a way that invites rape (now that makes me angry!).
What I hate and loathe is the fact that people can cast their anger on to those kids. What the? You think your moral righteousness gives you the right to threaten babies with death??!!! You can't claim religion, no God gives the right to kill children. You can't claim higher moral standards, to threaten a child is as low as you can sink. The willingness of adults to blame kids via the internet is abhorent - what, you think because it's the internet that the kids won't be scared??!!
I'd love an intelligent comment or two. I don't mind which side you lie on. (Hell, I don't know which side I lie on!) Abuse or other crap shall not see the light of day.
Love from an interested and thoughtful Duckie
Listening to: Reason
Reading: Some Gotrek and Felix
Eating: Humble pie
Drinking: Home Made Rum