The Approval Of Children As Sex Objects

I propose that child sexual abuse and incest is unconsciously considered acceptable by a large portion of society and that American society even promotes it. At the very same time, Americans will deny how this endorsement helps generate child sexual abuse.

Some mothers parade their little girls around, wearing disturbing amounts of make up and willingly dress them up in sexy adult outfits. Even people who don’t have children, or who don’t have little girls, give strong popularity to television programs like, “Toddlers in Tiaras.”

These days, eleven year-old girls look nineteen, and teens are having sex at alarming ages because a moral code of ethics in families has become harder to find. Father’s are missing from the picture, and far too many mothers are trying to be their child’s friend instead of their parent.

A few years ago, a major and family-oriented department store, ran a commercial which portrayed this perfectly. The commercial depicted a young girl, about age fourteen, wearing a pair of low-cut jeans. Her mother approached her with a look of distaste and she says to her daughter, “You can’t go out like that.”

The advertisement deceptively conveys that the mother is about to tell her daughter to change the jeans into something less revealing, but instead, the mother takes hold of the jeans with both hands and pulls them down even further on her daughter’s body to expose more skin.

Several television commercials have promoted child-like models and actresses as being sexy and “Daddy’s little girl.” Corporations deliberately use sex in advertising because parents buy the products, or don’t care if their child does. I once visited a school teacher friend of mine and I was shocked to see a five year-old girl in her class wearing a tee-shirt with the words, “Juicy Heiress” in big letters across the little girl’s chest. I was amazed that such a vulgar tee-shirt had been produced, even bought, for a young child. The corporation that makes the tee-shirt obviously has little interest in the well-being of a child, their goal is make money, but it is inexcusable for a parent to dress a child in a tee-shirt which degrades a child to a sex object, and to sex in connection with money.

Predators of children could easily see this as an invitation to molest the little girl. A child sexual abuser would feel the parents are subconsciously giving him the green light to abuse their child, and in reality, they are. I wrote the company which makes the clothing in order to request that they stop producing the tee-shirt for children and told them why I felt it was dangerous. I received no reply.

Former FBI agent, Roy Hazelwood, found that society’s increase in the use of pornography has led to the escalation of sex crimes (especially rape) and sexual abuse within families. In one study, more than 12,000 people were analyzed and the researchers established that utilizing pornography places people at high risk for becoming a sexual perpetrator, for believing that women enjoy rape, and for becoming sexually perverted. Sexual offenders use pornography to reinforce their behavior, and the more they see it, the more they masturbate to it.

Researchers have found that the use of pornography leads to perverted feelings about sex which causes psychological and social dysfunction. These problems include fetishes, obsessive masturbation, and sexual aggression towards others. 1

Hustler Magazine’s “Chester the Molester” cartoon has virtually promoted child sexual abuse. 2

Adult women are often photographed in child-like poses and attire for product advertisements. They wear ankle socks, have their hair in pig tails, hold teddy bears, and suck on lollipops while laying in an arousing position. Sue Blume points out that little girls are shown with their underwear peeking out from under their dress. This type of attire is also used in erotic pictures of adult women. 3 Even a popular sunscreen, that has been around for decades, uses a half-naked child bearing her behind in order to advertise their product.

The United States Department of Justice and Delinquency Prevention examined every issue of Playboy (373 issues), Hustler (126 issues), and Penthouse (184 issues) published from 1953 to 1984. Out of a total of 683 separate issues, there were 14,854 images of crime and violence, with a total of 6,004 images of children. Of the 6,004 depictions of children, 1,675 involved nudity; 1,225 portrayed genital activity; 989 showed a child engaged in sexual activity with adults (almost all of them depicted the children enjoying or benefiting from the acts). Around half of these involved children ages three to eleven years. 792 adults were portrayed as children in some manner with 592 examples illustrating coercion. There were 267 representations involving sex with animals or objects.  What does it say about our society that these magazines are among the most popular reading material for men? 4

According to the American Life League, one-quarter of all male adults actively read one or all of these magazines. 5  Most people who read this material have not complained, or taken any action to stop these images of children. On the contrary, they continue to purchase these magazines in spite of the depictions which promote child sexual abuse. Many of these readers probably have a natural attraction to incest and child molestation, and the ones who don’t, provide silent complicity because they don’t protest to the magazine publishers.

In my next post: Do People Have a Natural Attraction To Incest?

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Notes:

1. Dr. Elizabeth Oddone-Paolucci and Dr. Mark Genuis, researchers at the National Foundation for Family Research and Education, are co-authors of the study that was published in the scientific journal Mind, Medicine and Adolescence.

2. National Organization for Women New York City January 1997 Press Release/ American Life League, and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_the_Molester

3. Secret Survivors: Uncovering Incest and its Aftereffects in Women, E. Sue Blume, Ballantine Books, paperback, page 193

4. United States Department of Justice, The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Project No. 84-JN-AX-K007. Playboy, Penthouse Hustler Magazines. This is an extract from the original three-volume, 2,000 page research performed by Judith A. Reisman, Ph.D. I verified this study.

5. American Life League Chapter 137 Hosts of the Pro-Life Forum on the Catholic Resource Network

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10 Responses to The Approval Of Children As Sex Objects

  1. Eileen Brown says:

    Some of the girls on Toddlers in Tiaras also undergo dental work (not braces, as should be later at 9,say) but actul capping and crowns. Don’t mothers realize what goes into capping – how the teeth are drilled into points and then a false tooth place on top? I had that done to my teeth (in my 30s) and it was the most shocking treatment I ever went through. I cried for months afterward at the destruction to my natural teeth. Veneers weren’t around in the 70s when I had me teeth done. It’s criminal to do such things to a child who doesn’t even give her consent to such treatments (or worse, is coerced or lied to by an adult that the child should trust). It’s all about money, fame and glory – mostly for the moms.

  2. Eileen Brown says:

    “Predators of children could easily see this as an invitation to molest the little girl.”

    Only a very unbalanced and disturbed man would choose to take the molestation of an underage girl as “aceeptable” and only in his own self-imposed, demented world. No matter if a child was wearing nothing and walking down the street, would it ever give anyone the “go signal” to commit such a heinous violation of trust and unethical behavior. There is a split second decision whether or not to use a child for one’s own sexual satisfaction (and that goes for using any man or woman, no matter what age). It is no one’s right to touch or otherwise “use” another person’s body for any self-serving motive, period. And the courts and Judges who let those types of people (criminals once the action has been taken) free to repeat such behavior. From the moment of thought about committing such a crime to the action action taken, turns a creep into a criminal in a split-second. Why does it take so long to take the criminal to a felon in lockdown so long thereafter? Our Judges and courts are a disgrace.

    • little nel says:

      It’s legal or decriminalized in many countries to have sex with children!

      It’s being decriminalized in America, as the case of Willy Nesler/Ellie Nesler showed us, by the fact that the perpetrator was a repeat offender who got “probation” for his former convictions of raping children. Willy’s rapist was a prolific offender.

      If it wasn’t for the three strikes law, I know of a repeat offender who would be free to repeat, repeat, and repeat his sexual abuse of children.

      When the judges, law makers, and government officials are corrupt, the people suffer. It’s a disgrace.

    • Alethea says:

      Hi Eileen. You may have misunderstood me. I agree with you 100% about unbalanced and disturbed people not having any right to molest. My comments were directed at mothers (I bet you anything a father would not buy that shirt for his little girl) who buy their children such clothing, or who parade their little girls around dressed like little whores. It gives an unconscious signal to the world, “I don’t care if you see my child as a sex object.” Parents need to protect their children, not display their body like bait.

  3. little nel says:

    In Holland there is legalized prostitution for 8 and 9 year-old children. I have seen photos of the fathers dressing up their sons like these little girls in this article. Costumes and make up are essential to attract paying customers in the sex districts.

  4. little nel says:

    I just read a book about child prostitution. The child is sold to a buyer. Then the new owner isolates them when they cry. They are beaten, drugged, tortured, and raped. They are left to cry in pain and suffer alone in a locked room.

    Some hang themselves and others receive more drugs to relieve the pain if they co-operate, and “earn” money to support themselves, pay for the drugs, and repay the owner for their purchase price, by spreading their legs and smiling, while naked, for paying customers.

    What is it about adult men who pay for this type of sex and deny the child is abused?

  5. Poor kids,it’s a sad world for children now.

  6. mary says:

    Very interesting and informative post. I look foward to the next one.

    I’ve always had a problem with the fetishizing of the (catholic) “school girl” thats popular in Japan as well as here in the United States. I mean I understood the “sexy librarian” get up, but the “naughty school girl” always implied something pedophilic to me. Any time a guy finds that specifically hot, it raises question marks in my head about them. That’s a costume women really need to stop wearing as theyre unintentionally promoting pedophilia.

    “Toddlers and Tiaras” just plain creeps me out. Theres no reason why a child needs to be spray tanned or have pounds of makeup on them or be dressed up in adult costumes. I refuse to watch that show. I remember as a 4-5 year old kid, my aunts would, for fun, put on layers of make up on my face and make me to pose and walk in “sexy” ways. I dont know if they just didnt know english that well but “sexy” is a highly inappropriate word to use in the same sentence with a child.

    • Alethea says:

      Mary, we live in a very different world. When I went to Catholic school, we were reprimanded and scolded severely for having our plaid uniform skirts rolled, or sewn up, to be higher than our knee caps. These days, short plaid uniform skirts are usually allowed in the liberal-oriented “Catholic” schools, and thus, encouraged as a sexual image in people’s minds.

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