This morning I listened on and off to Call Kaye on Radio Scotland. The subject was the sexualisation of children. Only one mother mentioned she wanted to control the pace of her children's learning about sex. Others banged on about various main television channels permitted today's pop stars to 'pedal their wares'.
Most of the programme callers concentrated on pop star videos, billboard advertising and magazines; all of which the parents berated while the media industry are relaxed about it.
What I couldn't understand is why these parents were upset or were they the few who also disapproved the Section 28 of the Local Government Act, (section 122 in the rest of the UK). It's my belief that the repeal of this Act contributed greatly to young children being indoctrinated into the world of sex at far too young an age though of compulsory education system.
I agree with homosexuality being included in sex education for seniors pupils but why didn't politicians revise the proposal to include an age guide? The approval of Section 28 gave licence to anyone with enough political contacts to ensure that their specific aims were met.
We now teach sex education to 5-year-olds. Is it any wonder that today's young, by that I mean 5-12 year olds, parents think nothing of buying their children clothes which they think are 'fun'?
My favourite Scottish journalist, Iain Macwhirter protests about his young daughter singing the words to a Barbarian popstar. Has Iain sighted the material is daughter is taught in school these days. I doubt it. He's a man who is trusting. I used to be trusting too.
When I was a teenager risque lyrics conveyed little. They were part of the 'my pals understand what they mean and I must play along to be part of the crowd'. It reminds me of peer chat about the loss of virginity. It only took one pal to say she'd had sex to create a continual stream of those who made confessions over a Coke. Strangely the other sexual partner was never named but to say "I've done it too", was enough to create awe and congratulation within your peer group.
Let me say here that I'm still in contact with the friend who first announced to our group that 'she'd done it'. That was a lie she admits, but as teenagers in the 60s we felt, with the introduction of the pill, that we'd nothing to lose. The loss of our virginity to many of us in the 60s meant ' we had done IT' but usually sexual contact was a little, if not a lot, distant from intercourse. I speak from a female's view of course and I'm sure many lads of my age boasted they'd 'cracked it', although my male friends never divulged their sex life.
Why is the Guardian so laid back about Bailey's report on the sexualisation of children? I'm not smiling and I hope millions of parents aren't either. But then with some left wing believers anything goes so long as it doesn't affect their own.
God help us.