Friday 17 November 2017

Naked theft: Tech is tearing down boundaries that protect children

Deplorable dresses, sexting, porn? Sexuality is rampant and we need to talk about our young people, writes Miriam O'Callaghan

Never enough: Young women are told they can never be thin enough, pretty enough, blonde enough, dark enough, pale enough, tanned enough, popular enough... Photo: Oleg Gekman
Never enough: Young women are told they can never be thin enough, pretty enough, blonde enough, dark enough, pale enough, tanned enough, popular enough... Photo: Oleg Gekman

Miriam O'Callaghan

A Kilkenny disco asks our young daughters to "keep it neat and discreet" and social media explodes. If only.

The sisterhood was outraged on behalf of its younger siblings. The request sexualised, objectified, demeaned them. It was "misogyny", "slut-shaming", "victim-blaming", a damning indictment of the organisation's views on "consent". Except it didn't. It wasn't.

It was a reasonable request by an organisation that children dress like children when they are in its care. No, not like an extra from Little House on the Prairie but in clothes that allow our girls to be proud of their burgeoning womanhood, without the need or expectation to expose it to every cat in the county.

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