Sunday 17 December 2017

'Good2Go' generation under social pressure

If boys end up with a warped view of sexuality, it's not surprising, if all girls feel obliged to flash

Almost half of 13 to 17-year-olds have
Almost half of 13 to 17-year-olds have "sexted"

Allison Pearson

After Christmas, I was using up some leftovers while the Daughter and her friends sat round the kitchen table having one of their marathon toast-fests and sharing stories of their new lives at uni. Sophie said that, at a party, a guy had walked up to her and said: "Hello, gorgeous, fancy a ----?"

The other girls fell about, but the laughter sounded obligatory rather than joyful. "You don't have to put up with that, Sophie, darling," I found myself saying. "It's so disrespectful. I hope you told him where to go?"

"Relax, mum," said my daughter. She wore that stricken, pleading look which means "Oh, God, she's not going to go off on one of her 'Suffragettes didn't go on hunger strike so you could post a picture of your boobs on Snapchat' lectures, is she?"

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