Is a youth-obsessed society having a deadly effect on kids?

 

Is a youth-obsessed society having a deadly effect on kids?

Society is often sexualising children in advertising, movies, TV series, and product promotion.

The erupting phenomenon where internet videos and songs portray young girls as attainable, sexual objects, is strong throughout the world.

Children are bombarded with an array of media glamorizing sex. Along with an onslaught of sexual images and innuendos, modern society pushes a ridiculous body image—for girls and boys. If you are a young girl, your role model is to be a scantily-clad, anorexic runway model with a body impossible to achieve.

The fashion industry has responded with products. Little girls are able to purchase clothing that would make many adults blush. Several years ago a major fashion chain made news when they sold child-sized thong underwear with sexually suggestive phrases on them. Should a ten-year-old have underwear with phrases such as “eye candy,” “kiss me” or “wink wink”?

It is nearly impossible for young girls to find shirts or tops covering their midriff, or pants that are not skintight and revealing. Children are forced to confront the concept of “sexy” before they are capable of understanding what it means.

Sex with a child can only be rape but in the USA, trafficked children are treated as criminals despite federal law classifying anyone under 18 years of age a victim. Despite statutory rape laws in most US states explicitly stating that children under 16 cannot legally consent to having sex, (in conformity with the federal Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000) most states still allow minors to be arrested and charged with prostitution crimes.

 

RINJ: Fighting for the safety of women and children.