Sexualisation Of Children

Sexualisation of girls and the role of the mother

Carolyn Moynihan | 26 July 2012

While media portrayals of women and girls as sexual objects are omnipresent and intrusive, we can blame too much on these public influences and forget the importance of what parents do.

Ottawa exhibition modified after complaints

Carolyn Moynihan | 17 May 2012

A sex exhibition due to open in Ottawa today and aimed at children 12 and up has been modified, thanks to complaints from the public and a letter to a government minister.

Sexualisation of children a public health issue

Carolyn Moynihan | 12 April 2012

Australian doctors have led calls for an inquiry into what has been labelled the “premature sexualisation of children in marketing and advertising”, with the Australian Medical Association arguing the practice is detrimental to child health and development.

Shops you can drop

Carolyn Moynihan | 15 November 2011
Here's a pre Christmas shopping heads-up, especially for folks Down Under. It's a warning from Australian group Collective Shout, a grassroots campaigning movement challenging the sexualisation and objectification of women and girls, about brands that do precisely that.

A rap over the knuckles for offensive lyrics

Carolyn Moynihan | 03 November 2011
The latest move in Britain’s clampdown on the sexualization of children is a warning to broadcasters to keep offensive lyrics off the radio waves at times when children are likely to be listening.

The “Breast Milk Baby” doll controversy

Mariette Ulrich | 21 July 2011
I'm a bit divided on the concept of this toy: the bra part seems a little creepy to me, but otherwise I see no harm.

Give parents more weight in controlling media standards, says UK report

Carolyn Moynihan | 10 June 2011
British Prime Minister David Cameron has taken a lead in the battle against the pornification of culture and the sexualisation of children.

Child beauty pageants for Australia?

Carolyn Moynihan | 05 April 2011
Child beauty pageants have become a live issue in Australia following the recent announcement by an American company (Texas-based Universal Royalty Beauty Pageant) that it will stage one of these shows in Melbourne at the end of July.

Teen girls get ‘porn star’ treatment - with mum’s help?

Carolyn Moynihan | 20 September 2010
A couple of weeks ago my local newspaper thought it newsworthy that men are getting Brazilian waxes. Now an Australian paper reports that girls as young as 14 are being accepted for what it euphemistically calls “intimate beauty treatments”.

The ‘complete little adult’ look for 3-year-olds

Carolyn Moynihan | 21 June 2010
It’s bizarre; it’s scary; it’s unbelievable at a time when paedophilia has been starring as the worst crime in the world. I am talking about a new low on the slippery slope of sexualisaing little children.

P-word sees kiddie bras vanish from shelves

Carolyn Moynihan | 20 April 2010
The P word, used indiscriminately in recent weeks of Catholic priests who sexually molested minors, has scared a British retailer into withdrawing bikinis with padded bras aimed at seven-year-olds from sale.

‘Minx’ game tempts tweens

Carolyn Moynihan | 10 February 2010
The sexualisation of children’s entertainment has reached a new low with the arrival of an online game in which kids can “hook up” and play strippers and prostitutes with avatars.

Rag trade withdraws sexy baby clothes

Carolyn Moynihan | 27 August 2009
It is almost beyond belief what some companies will try to get awaywith in the line of exploiting children. Australian clothing groupCotton On has withdrawn baby clothes with slogans which include “I'm atits man", "The condom broke", and “I'm living proof my mum is easy"after they caused an uproar in Australia and New Zealand.

Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@

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