Tuesday 13 November 2018

Our culture makes a sexual fetish of youth, innocence and beauty

The corporate world seems intent on turning our little girls into Lolitas, writes Carol Hunt

SOME months ago, the Barbican held an exhibition of work entitled Seduced: Art and Sex from Antiquity to Now. The exhibition was strictly 18s and over. Even though Kate Bush, the head of the art galleries at the Barbican, promised a "no-holds barred" exhibition, she did add, "Auto-eroticism and fetishism are in. Paedophilia and violent imagery are most definitely out."

And then she spoke of a Picasso which they hoped to show (Scene Erotique) which depicted "a man and a boy 'engaged' with each other". Which makes one wonder where the line between accepted sexual activity and paedophilia begins and ends.

I got to thinking about the history of sexuality last week when I watched a programme on BBC 2 presented by clinical psychologist Dr Tanya Byron.

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