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?
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