Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The real child sex problem

Anita Quigley has been getting stuck into some of the irrational rants presented as submissions to a senate inquiry into the sexualisation of children by the media. She suggests something radical- parents should accept responsibility:

When the inquiry was announced last month, Young Media Australia president Janet Roberts said more government regulation was needed.

“Skimpy underwear is being developed for 8- to 10-year-olds,” she said. “None of this is helpful to children.”

No, it isn’t. But who usually buys these products? Mothers.

What concerns me is not pictures of pretty girls but real sexual abuse, which this story seems to indicate:

QUEENSLAND Health has admitted implanted contraceptive devices in girls as young as 12, and has called on the Opposition not to sensationalise the practice.

Opposition child safety spokeswoman Jan Stuckey told state parliament she discovered the practice on a visit earlier this year to two indigenous communities - Aurukun on Cape York and Woorabinda, west of Rockhampton.

That seems a more pressing problem for the Senate to investigate.

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