Registered: Jan 2003
Originally posted by heberman
Actually, it is all wrong. Context is everything here. If I went to a strip club, I should expect strippers and what I saw at the Superbowl. If I go to McDonalds with my children, I don't expect ladies on the tables taking their clothes off. Why? Because the context is different. At McDonalds, I doubt even clulup would be claiming, "It's just a breast! A naked body is OK!"
Sexual titillation for children is never OK. Ever. Bumping, grinding, writhing, on-stage simulating sexual scenes is never OK for children. Ever. Children have a right, and a need, to be protected from adult sexual appetites.
I think your view of how children see these things is wrong. The interest for erotic and sexual things is low or even absent in children (child means human being before adolescence).
So if we go to McDonald's and for some strange reason there is a naked man or woman standing there, my five year old daughter would probably find that strange and unusual, but she would certainly not be shocked or traumatized because of that. Maybe I should add that we don't walk around naked all the time at home, but we also don't lock the bathroom door when we take a shower, so occasionally our kids see their parents naked - do you find that shocking, too? Here in Switerland that is very normal.
Maybe for you, a naked body is always linked to sex (or is it too dark then for you to see anything?), but that is not so for everybody, and certainly children don't link it to that because they don't know what that is.
I guess what stresses you out is that the show turns you on (slightly, at least tries to) and you don't want that - that's ok. But for children, it does not have that effect, they just don't care.
And no, I would not want my children to see a porn movie or to go to a strip club, for two reasons: (A) I don't think porn or stripping is a positive way of dealing with sexuality, but as long as kids are kids, they would not understand why anyway, and
(B) It has nothing to do with the part of the world children can understand and comprehend, it is way above their heads. I also would not want them to see just about any other movie for grownups for the same reason. But I also have to admit that I have never been to a Stip Club so far, so I don't have any experience with that, maybe you can help me out?