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Sexualisation Of Children – Who Is To Blame? (Via The Guardian)

Music, magazines or merchandise? Tell us who you think bears most responsibility for exposing children to sexualised images

Are children too exposed to overtly sexualised images? Flesh and flirting are cheap but ever more common currencies with which to try to flog anything from push-up bras to magazines. It’s an easy decision to make a quick buck, but far harder to question the ethics of feeding children’s natural curiosity for things that make them feel grown up, a curiosity that is instinctively moderated by attentive parents.

Men's magazines

Celebrity and entertainment arguably have more responsibility than retailers for desensitising parents to the sexualisation of music, magazines, television and merchandise, and perhaps our own benchmarks have shifted as a consequence.

There is an understandable tendency to reject any attempt to restrict or impede our access to content, or even our experience of access to that content. But it is not about prudishness, English sexual inhibition orcensorship. It’s about sensitivity, restoring some level of dignity, of rationality, and a space where the images of women that children see every day are not semi-naked or prone.

In Hamley’s not so long ago I was horrified to see the role-playing toyssection: the boys’ shelf has a doctor’s kit and a builder’s kit while the girls’ shelf had what I can best describe as a Paris Hilton kit, with a tiara, mobile phone and stilettos. If we set our children up with such shallow expectations, can we really be surprised when they follow them?

The July edition of GQ is the latest of the mainstream men’s magazines to push the boundaries of acceptability with its choice of cover photo, showing a reclining Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in a slit dress that just about covers her crotch, though not without revealing the inner curve of her buttock. For adult males, that kind of titillation is so commonplace it probably doesn’t even feel like titillation anymore. But it’s not just men’s magazines; I still boycott T3 gadget magazine, which insists on putting a chick in a bikini on the cover with some token gadget. Or is that a token chick? Once when I described Page 3 as “soft porn”, a Sun editor phoned to complain.

Are magazines the biggest culprit or is it the popstars? Have you found bizarrely inappropriate clothing in children’s stores? And what about mainstream TV? Tell us all your horror stories…


Swindon’s Taylor Jones to ‘Fall in’ To The Charts

Once again, Swindon’s Taylor Jones (TeeJay) is set to tear through the charts with his latest hit; ‘She’s The One’. The young artist is set to release his latest single after the success of his first, ‘Fallen Out (Of Love)’ – see previous post for more info. – which managed to sweep in to the Official Urban Charts for 8 weeks running, peaking at number 2; no easy task for even the most experienced artists!

Over the past two years, the 17 year old rapper has gained a massive following, achieving an amazing amount of hits on his youtube channel; approximately 225,000, coming from a barrage of different countries and age groups. It’s easy to understand why his fans and followers are so loyal; the artist takes all opportunities to thank his listeners for their support, and regularly gets in contact with them – answering questions and the like; a trait that many artists fail to adopt. It’s evident that TJ is dedicated and listens to all feedback that is given to him, as their demands are always met; merchandise is on its way, as well as a new CD, due for release in December.

As in the first single, Darren Martyn provides a catchy chorus that both lyrically and vocally complements the verses sang by TeeJay. The video is crisp and well recorded, sporting a high standard of professionalism on both artists’ part.

From the success of the last single – and the positive feedback already gained from this one – it’s safe to say that the young star has a bright future ahead of him.

‘She’s The One’ is to be broadcast on AKA, Starz, Smash Hits, KISS, Vault, Dance Nation, Flava & Pop, with a chance of getting on MTV; publicity for this one will be BIG. The song is due for release on 19th September, and will be available for purchasing through iTunes. All purchases would support the artist immensely. Please further show your support on Facebook & Twitter.

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/TaylorJonesMusic

Twitter @TaylorJonesTJ

Where do I fit in the big picture? (via Ande ke Funde)

Again, one has to question what relevance we – as one human being in a world of millions – have to the overall ‘events-chain’; this Great Chain of Being; this cause-to-consequence ordering.

Are we – as individuals, as families, as countries, continents or even the world in itself – really significant in a universe of such an unimaginable scale?

..or is life but solipsism? Is anything apart from myself really true?

I am sure if you are reading this post under the “Philosophy” tag on wordpress you have confronted this question and would like to see if I know what I am talking about. But today I want to take a scientific look at this question instead of the typical philosophical approach. So, this is approximately who I am (margin of error in these number could be in the range of 1-100B): Part of the Human species which has the population of 6.7B Living on a … Read More

via Ande ke Funde

Do The Police Still Hold Power? (Reflection From The Riots)

Carnage erupting in Tottenham

After viewing pictures from the recent Tottenham riots – http://dgpro.wordpress.com/2011/08/07/after-riots/ – I feel inclined to share my thoughts and feelings about how the situation is being handled by the Police; the ‘law enforcers’ who supposedly hold authority within our country.

Why wasn’t ‘real’ action taken by the police?

It’s about time that human rights, equality laws, and any other settlement that stops the police from upholding their position of power and control were abolished. The pictures and video clips that have been displayed on our TVs aren’t acceptable, and have cost many people not only their livelihoods, but also their sense of security in their own communal areas. We need a strong police force; not a full on 1984-esque totalitarian rule, but one that punishes the violators properly, giving extensive – and if needed, harsh – consequences to the perpetrators. It’s about time that the authorities set examples to potential law-breakers, and show that there are consequences for such mindless violence and sociological distruption; youths must be shown that they aren’t above the law.

..and if this means bringing out the water-cannons, the plastic bullets and the tear gas, it needs to be done. (The sooner, the better.) Groups of youths viciously attacking and vandalising at their own will – whilst, more annoyingly, getting away with it – is making our Britain look like a laughing stock, governed by children instead of a strong leading power.
Water cannons have proved to be extremely effective in many parts of Europe, where they can quickly be deployed for crowd control. Why can’t Britain utilise these already established forms of anti-riot equipment, and put them to use? After these – if there is still no movement of the crowds – why not fire in CS gas? Tear gas has been used in America for years with remarkable effectiveness. Furthermore, Britain has been able to employ it since 1998.

Why are policing staff still failing to apprehend the situation, when they have such powerful technology on call?

In my opinion, the leading forces of our country need to take a hard look at this event, and notice that order needs to be established. The law must be strengthened, and stronger consequences for anti-social behaviour and other crimes must be given. If not, I fear for our future generation; the generation that finds pilfering and looting acceptable, whilst the shop owner’s livelihood disintegrated before their very eyes.

What do you think about the recent events? Should curfews be set in place? What stricter counter measures would you put in place to abolish yob behaviour?