Monday, 6 June 2011

Silly Season = Time for a Moral Panic!

It's summer! The "Silly Season" for news and current affairs. So guess what, we get a moral panic about the sexualisation of sub 12 y.o. children (though it seems to mostly to apply to young girls)!
The strange thing is:
  • I'm 53.
  • When I was 5 - 10 years old I wore shorts (as did all my male classmates) and the girls tended to be in very short mini-skirts/dresses.
  • No moral panic about sexualisation of children as we were assumed to be too innocent for this to happen.
  • 'Cider With Rosie' stuff went on, boys from about 8 onwards tried to get a glimpse up the girls skirts, etc.
We have a moral panic now as:
  • Pedophiles sell papers. (Stories about them increase circulation, not 'all news vendors are pedophiles').
  • Moral panics help newspapers, self-appointed experts, self-appointed moral leaders (lots from mums net, nothing from the C of E), get themselves publicity.
  • With this publicity comes power and money.
And they get to fill up the pages of the papers, or fill time on the phone-in!

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