Friday, 26 February 2010

Another statement of the blindingly obvious

A new Home Office study says that children in Britain are being exposed to an increasing amount of "sexualised material" in the media which their parents do not always know about, and that boys and girls are feeling the pressure to become sexualised at a much earlier age than ever before.
The report calls for a much tougher regulation of sexual imagery in advertising and also recommends the selling of mobile phones and games consoles with parental controls automatically switched on.
The report's author, psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos, said there was a clear link between sexualised imagery and violence towards females. According to the BBC she remarked that "unless sexualisation is accepted as harmful, we will miss an important opportunity… to broaden young people's beliefs about where their values lie."
 It wouldn't do, would it, for the Church to say "we told you so." The children of the 60s now have the society made in their own image they have campaigned for. No one else is now to blame. The widespread, unthinking and sneering prejudice, peddled assiduously for the last forty or fifty years by the media and most of the political / social left (including their fellow travellers in the Church itself )  that orthodox Christian belief and values (the only true "humanism" in fact) just cause psychological damage and harmful sexual repression is now so entrenched that it has become in some circles almost an article of faith in itself. It's interesting to see a recognition that our contemporary experiment of a values-free society is unravelling disastrously. So we need reports like this to re-invent the ethical wheel. Still, wheels are useful, even redesigned and repackaged ones; they enable us to travel in the right direction.

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