Too Many Sexually Charged Images Available to Kids

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT in this linked article.

I came across the above post on word press and largely agree with the author’s point of view. It is a worthwhile article to read if you deal with young people. With the access to almost any kind of web site on the internet, and our technologically sophisticated sons able to get around just about any kind of parental controls, we would have our heads in the sand if we thought our boys weren’t viewing some raunchy stuff. The days of the young boy hiding his dad’s well thumbed Playboy magazine under his mattress are over. Even magazine ads and billboards depict sexually charged images, such as the fashion spread depicted with the blog link above.

I worked as a substitute teacher at Richmond High before and after the horrific rape last year. First, let me say that the majority of kids at that high school have been nothing but polite and well mannered to their substitute teacher (definitely not always the case in other schools). We had opportunity to discuss some aspects of the incident and one of the things that bothered me the most was that the kids commented on how much money the girl reaped after the assault. They seemed to think getting all that money somehow made it better or erased the evilness of the act of gang rape. The number of young girls who are raped in their teens are enormous. I think it is something like 1 in 5 before they are 20. I think I heard that figure while teaching Health Education 4-6 years ago so it was probably even an older statistic than that. I don’t see the explosion of access to pornography as conducive to lowering the number of assaults. As a society, we need to be coming up with some constructive way to stem the tide. Rape is so psycologically damaging that I cannot imagine the suffering of our present generation of young women, our future mothers and guardians of our next generation of children. Tweens and teens largely get their information and opinions from peers. I admit I don’t even know where to begin to work on this issue.


About KLevenson

I am Teacher Librarian at Piedmont High School in the San Francisco East Bay. I am a part time reference Librarian I for the San Francisco Public Library. I have a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from San Jose State and a Teacher Librarian credential in addition to my teaching credential in Science. My first MA was from Harvard in Archaeology. My students teach me something new every time I am with them!
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