Monday, 6 June 2011

Sexualisation Of Children - Who Is To Blame?

Men's magazines are just one element of the media that expose children to sexualised images.

Music, magazines or merchandise? Tell us who you think bears most responsibility for exposing children to sexualised images.

Are children too exposed to overtly sexualised images? Flesh and flirting are cheap but ever more common currencies with which to try to flog anything from push-up bras to magazines. It's an easy decision to make a quick buck, but far harder to question the ethics of feeding children's natural curiosity for things that make them feel grown up, a curiosity that is instinctively moderated by attentive parents.

Celebrity and entertainment arguably have more responsibility than retailers for desensitising parents to the sexualisation of music, magazines, television and merchandise, and perhaps our own benchmarks have shifted as a consequence.

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