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Is photographing dogs dressed in suspenders and stockings just another internet fad or a strange reflection on human sexuality? Sharp Daily

Dogs in suspenders. Yep, it’s a thing. And here’s why.

When I was little, maybe five or six, I got the idea to slip my spaniel’s feet into freezer bags and watch her slide around on the kitchen floor. Sure, this episode could have sparked in me a yen for further…
Starting a conversation about sex early in a child’s education is important. Image from www.shutterstock.com

Worried about the sexualisation of children? Teach sex ed earlier

When should sex education begin for children? According to some parent groups who advised the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), not until grades 5 and 6. Under this pressure…
We need to acknowledge the diverse contexts in which teens engage in sexting. Mahdi Abdulrazak

‘Sexting’ teens: decriminalising young people’s sexual practices

Cases of teenagers “sexting” each other have recently provoked panicked responses by media, parents, educators and policy makers in Australia. Now a Victorian parliamentary inquiry into the practice has…
When it comes to sexuality and young girls, the debate is desperately confused. flickr/Andreas Neustifter

Tramps like us: Target and modern day misogyny

The sexualisation of children issue – this week vomited up in the form of an attack on Target - encapsulates much of the hideousness of the contemporary political landscape. The debate neglects to acknowledge…
The idea that any expression of sexuality indicates mental problems or a lack of self respect does a disserve to girls. Alice Bolton

Should girls have to choose between being a ‘tramp’ and being ‘good’?

Concern over children being “sexualised” is fuelling parental social media activism again this week after a NSW mum’s complaint on Target’s facebook page about clothes that make girls “look like tramps…
Limiting children’s access to now widespread “pornified” media will require serious political will. lamont_cranston/Flickr

Girls on film: could new regulations stop the sexualisation of children?

Soft porn music videos on television. Girls mini-mags featuring fashion and celebrity gossip at the supermarket checkout. Porn at eye-level in the petrol station. Billboards on the trips in between. As…

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