Book Review: Big Porn Inc

Big Porn Inc, recently published by Spinifex Press and written by Melinda Tankard Reist puts the spotlight on our harm of the growing porn culture. It features essays by prominent writers and anti-porn activists including Gail Dines, Maggie Hamilton, Helen Pringle, and others.   The essays cover a wide array of issues connected to the porn [...]

The Power of One: Say No to Porn T Shirts

We have all seen them; the 'Porn T Shirts’ that depict semi naked women and equally offensive slogans. The men who wear them seem oblivious to the fact that they are not only offensive but also objectify women. So what can be done about them? We have the technology and today that gives everyone a [...]

How to safeguard your child’s childhood

Julie Gale, the founder of Kids Free 2B Kids, a website dedicated to letting children develop to their full potential; without exposure to sexualised imagery before they are developmentally ready to process it, recently spoke to the TODAY program on Channel 9 about the battle many parents face when trying to protect their children from [...]

Pretty in Pink – the dilemma of gender based play

Girls as young as seven battle anxiety and depression from being inundated with body-focused products Everywhere you look it seems that children’s toys and clothing are branded and gender based. For girls it is Barbie, Disney princesses and pink. Boys are inundated with Bob the Builder, Ben 10 and Thomas. Cordelia Fine, PhD Honorary Research Fellow [...]

Music, art or soft porn?

It seems suddenly everyone is noticing that the video clips on offer today are basically glorified porn depicting the sexualisation of women covered in a thin veil of being an artistic music clip. For some time now experts have been voicing their concerns about the consequences of such blatant imagery on young people. Julie Gale, [...]

A win for children as Bonds backs down on 'bralettes'

A backlash in public support has led Bonds to recall their colourful 'bralettes' which were marketed to children as young as 6 years old. The recall of these training bras follows a campaign led by the grassroots movement Collective Shout and other child advocates opposed to the adultification and sexualisation of children. Collective Shouts’ aim [...]

Bewitching children: major chain designs adultified clothing for toddlers

The launch of the latest WitcheryKids clothes for children has caused an outcry among parents and experts alike. The clothes are being marketed at children from toddler age up to tweens. Australian actress and ambassador for Barnardos, Noni Hazlehurst has spoken out against the growing adultification of children’s clothing within the fashion industry. She said [...]

Children imitating raunchy pop star moves

Over the past decade video clips and songs have become more explicit. Images and lyrics are now overtly sexual rather than implied. The worst offenders in the music world,  and those who seem to influence young people the most, are Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Snoop Dogg, Pussycat Dolls and Usher. The effects of [...]

Net Savvy: Kids Free 2B Kids – Protecting children from sexualisation

Kids Free 2B Kids   This website was started as part of a grass roots campaign to apply pressure to the mass media, current cultural trends and manufacturers that are exposing children to inappropriate sexualised imagery as they try to sell products and make profit. Kids Free 2B Kids is in alliance with The Australian Council [...]

Striptease bus finally stops

Since 2005 there has been a bus doing the rounds in Oakleigh displaying a near naked reclining woman in high heels, her legs stretch almost the full length of the side of the bus. This is the long running advertisement for the Kittens School of Striptease. In 2005 the advertising regulator didn’t even bat an [...]