The Home Office has warned that children are overexposed to sexual imagery.
The Home Office has published its Review of the Sexualisation of Young people report in order to raise awareness concerning violence against women and girls.
The report calls for tougher regulation when it comes to advertising and placing more responsibility on the media for the content that they publish.
Author of the report, Dr Linda Papadopoulos, a respected UK psychologist, stated that sexual exposure was distorting young people’s perceptions of themselves, encouraging boys to be dominant and macho whilst girls presented themselves as sexually available.
“Both the images that we consume and the way that we consume them are lending credence to the idea that women are there to be used and that men are there to use them”.
Recommendations cited in the report include:
– A ban on selling lads’ mags to under 16’s.
– A ban on sexualised music videos before the TV watershed
– Parental controls automatically installed and activated on mobile phones in a bid to reduce exposure
– A ban on Jobcentres advertising positions in sexual establishments
– Internet Service Providers to block access to pro-bulimia and pro-anorexia websites
– Use of symbols to indicate when a photograph has been digitally altered
– Increased corporate responsibility in the sale of merchandise
Findings from the report suggest that there is a clear link between consumption of sexual imagery and the tendency to view women as objects.
The report is supported by professionals such as Professor Frank Furedi, professor of sociology at Kent University. He states that “the whole of society is hypersexualised – sex becomes the common currency through which adults make their way in the world and continually send a signal to children that sex is all that matters”.
“One of the big problems that we are faced with is that increasingly adults have lost the capacity to draw a line between their own attitudes and those of children and increasingly we are recycling adult attitudes about sex through the prism of children”.
David Webster, of the Association of Educational Psychologists identifies that there are different pressures on boys and girls.
“Boys will brag about been sexually active even when they aren’t and that puts pressure on other boys”.
“For girls it is more about been glamorous”.
To view The Sexualisation of Young People report please click here
She’s a member of the royal family who usually has very little, if anything, to say when it comes to social issues. However, The Duchess of Cornwall has spoken out and slammed music artists for glorifying violence and the sexualisation of youngsters.
“I am sure they trigger a response in some of the young people. I can never understand how they can get away with making those things.”
Camilla Parker-Bowles made the comments as part of a discussion with victims of sexual violence during a visit to a rape crisis centre where the subject turned to pop stars that use sex saturated videos for publicity.
The discussion referred to the latest music video released by Beyonce “Video Phone” which also features Lady GaGa, who is well known for her promiscuous façade.
The video shows Beyonce performing provocative dance routines in a series of skimpy and revealing outfits as she holds a toy gun to the head of a half naked hooded man.
“It has happened too quickly, values have changed so much,” Camilla said. “I suppose its peer pressure, that’s the problem. You don’t want to look the odd one out. But it takes a strong person to show that they don’t approve, especially at that age”.
The royal’s comments come after concerns raised regarding the sexual content featured in today’s society and the effect it has on the younger generation.
In a bid for the perfect vagina, despite the risks, it has been reported that the demand for Labioplasty is on the rise as more and more women go under the knife.
The national figure of women undergoing the procedure is currently unknown as the majority of patients undergo private treatment. However, it is reported that the NHS has apparently doubled the number of labioplasty procedures performed in the last five years.
What is Labioplasty?
Labioplasty is a plastic surgery that generally involves reducing the amount of tissue that protrudes from the lips, which cover the vagina. How much? Labioplasty costs approximately £3,000.00 (private paying patients).
Labioplasty is offered to women for numerous reasons – some women complain that wearing tight clothes or riding a bike is uncomfortable, while others say they are embarrassed of exposing themselves in front of their sexual partner. However, the primary reason stated by women was that they were dissatisfied with the way their vagina looked.
Plastic surgeons report that the widespread use of pornography has increased the demand for labioplasty.
The procedure has caused much controversy amongst professionals as many raise concerns that the desire for this procedure is driven by an unhealthy self-image derived from the media of what the “ideal” female genitalia should look like.
“For the majority of women, labioplasty is aesthetic, that’s true. Lads’ mags are looked at by girlfriends and make them think more about the way they look. We live in times where we are much more open about our bodies—and changing them—and labioplasty is simply a part of this.” – Douglas McGeorge (President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons)
“Advertisements promote labial surgery as easy answers to women’s insecurities about their genital appearances – insecurities that are fuelled by the very advertisements that prescribe a homogenised, pre-pubescent genital appearance standard for all women” – Lih-Mei Liao (psychologist)
“Patients consistently wanted their vulvas to be flat with no protrusion beyond the labia… some women brought along images to illustrate the desired appearance, usually from pornography” – Lih Mei Liao (psychologist) and Sara M. Creighton (gynecologist)
SAY NO TO PORN AND THE PRESSURE FOR PERFECTION!
Sign the online DEMAND CHANGE! petition here to help tackle the demand for prostitution.
The petition aims to tackle prostitution by adopting the ‘Nordic model’, which decriminalises those who sell sexual acts and supports them to exit prostitution, whilst at the same time criminalising those who purchase sexual acts.
Curbing the demand for prostitution is a vital step towards ending the exploitation and abuse experienced by the majority of people in prostitution.
The campaign aims to challenge society’s views of prostitution and calls for it to be seen as a form of violence against women. The campaign is to raise awareness as to the inequalities and injustice experienced by vunerable people led into a life of prostitution.
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It’s good news for all feminists out there who have campaigned long and hard for lads’ mags to be reviewed in the manner that they are marketed and stocked in shops.
MPs have stated that magazines featuring sexually explicit photographs should carry cinema style age ratings to warn the public about their content.
MPs Ann Widdecombe and Sir Menzies Campbell called on shopkeepers to get responsible and avoid placing lads’ mags with graphic content on the front covers in view of children and young adolescents, as they fear that those exposed to such material are not emotionally equipped to deal with it.
They have called for a review on the current guidelines for publications with sexually explicit content to consider whether they should be concealed in bags rather than placed on the top shelf of the newsagents.
The MPs have suggested that these sorts of publications should have a cinema style rating system. This would mean that pornography would carry an age rating of 18 years and publications containing topless images would carry an age rating of 15+ years.
Clause 13 of the Policing and Crime Bill 2009 is to be debated in the House of Lords on 3rd November 2009.
What is clause 13: Clause 13 of the Policing and Crime Bill 2009 contains a number of provisions regarding the sex industry.
Clause 13 criminalises the purchase of sexual services “from those controlled for gain”.
The main provisions contained within the Policing and Crime Bill 2009 –
– Creates a new offence of paying for sex with someone who is controlled for gain.
– New powers for the civil courts to make orders closing brothels.
– Modifies the law on soliciting and kerb-crawling.
– Tightens up the regulation of lap-dancing clubs by reclassifying them as ‘sex establishments’ rather than ‘entertainment’ venues. This gives local authority and residents a say in their community and will allow police forces to shut down clubs near inappropriate areas such as schools.
The purpose of Clause 13 is to discourage the demand to sexually exploit an individual by making it a criminal offence.
Why you should help: Your support is vital as this Clause 13 is at risk of being diluted or removed altogether.
How you can help: Please act now and email members of parliament urging them to support Clause 13 of the Policing and Crime Bill 2009. The link below will take you to the Parliament website listing all MP’s contacts.