Saturday, October 28, 2006

Stop sexualising children!

Man I'm as angry as I can get this windy Dublin morning.
The little Goth kid was here earlier faffing about and looking to borrow a pair of boots. Great, I love having her here, and she likes being here. All was rosy right up until the part she told me about the latest fitness craze to hit her school.
Pole dancing.
That's right, fucking pole dancing. You know, what strippers and hookers do to earn a buck. Well now apparently some fucking dim witted skank has started a class and the little Goth kid and all her friends are thinking of signing up.
She is fifteen!
I am outraged. I really bloody am. Seriously, outraged.
I railed against it, I compained loudly, I gave out with gusto. I said it was a vile way to get fit and what sort of goddamn asshole thought teaching a group of teenagers how to slide up and down a fucking pole in a sexually suggestive manner was a 'cool way to get fit'?
After a while she said she had to go, she still took the boots, but I could see she thought I reeked of old fogeyism.
In a fit of anger I hit google and sheeeeeeeet even fucking Tesco-a family supermarket- is promoting a pole dancing toy.

"Tesco Direct site advertises the kit with the words, "Unleash the sex kitten inside...simply extend the Peekaboo pole inside the tube, slip on the sexy tunes and away you go!

"Soon you'll be flaunting it to the world and earning a fortune in Peekaboo Dance Dollars".

The £49.97 kit comprises a chrome pole extendible to 8ft 6ins, a 'sexy dance garter' and a DVD demonstrating suggestive dance moves. "

Well colour me gobsmacked!
What the fuck is up with that? It's bad enough that kids -little kids and teenagers alike- wear clothes with the playboy bunny logo on it. HELLO? Filthy old Hugh Hefner, porn king is dressing our daughters and no one has a problem with that?
'It's cute.'
It fucking isn't.
God damn it, let kids be kids. I know times have changed and all that crap, but we must stop sexualizing children. We must stop them thinking Paris Hilton is a role model. We must stop letting them watch'GIRLS OF THE PLAYBOY MANSION'
What you don't see on screen is those girls sucking Hugh Hefner's wrinkly old dick. Still thinks it's fucking cute? No? Course not.
Do you see the stippers bending over in private dances while some drunk hairy old goat feels her arse with his hands? NO, not so empowering then is it?
Carmen Electra, yeah, you. Shove your 'fitness' video up your lipo sucked over banged ass. Stop glamourising a fucking life that only the desperate do. For every Dita Von Teese and Pussy Cat Doll there are thousands of used up women whose only commodity is their body.
Fuck off the lot of you, and keep yer filthy mitts off children. Can we at least let them grow up first before we pollute their minds?
GOD DAMN IT! I'm going shopping.

UPDATE: Blogger would not let me post this earlier... I'm still mad as hell but now I have Dior perfume and new foundation.


Blogger Parnell said...

Pole dancing for fifteen year old's!!! Maybe its just me - but I think thats just about as sick as it gets. What ever happen to childhood and growing up?

10:46 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Trust me, it's not just you. Actually, thank fuck I'm not the only one.

11:55 p.m.  
Blogger addon said...


this thing made big news down here in Australia.

go to Tesco, buy one of these things, yes, sacrifice is needed, meet with a bunch of your pals outside, make an unholy and fearful song-and-dance about it, draw a big crowd, then jump on it, bash it, bend it, break it and destroy it in the most spectacular way you can.

best also if you confront the manager with it after you have bought it and before your on-street performance.

surely they cannot be allowed to sell this fearful stuff!!

good luck!!


12:24 a.m.  
Anonymous mamacita in the city said...

that is sick. "oh, mom, i didn't make the soccer team, so instead i'm going to gyrate on a metal pole three times a week."
not exactly the sort of after-school activity we want our kids to be doing, is it.

1:01 a.m.  
Blogger Fat Sparrow said...

So, you're saying I shouldn't be getting one for the Fledgling Sparrow for Christmas, then?

:::ducks thrown beer bottles:::

No, seriously, she still plays with Barbies and stuffed animals. There is hope for some kids. I think it just depends on how much of outside societal influences you let in, and we don't let in much. She's not allowed to watch TV-14 programs, or see Rated PG-13 or Rated R movies without our permission, and we rarely give it. We monitor everything. We talk openly about everything having to do with sex, and how it's portrayed in the media.

And it helps that she is nothing like me as a teenager, thank God. I was a serious horn-dog, and my parents should have had me spayed.

4:30 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Morning. Hey up, early for a change due no doubt to the hour difference.
Addon, in store scenes work just as well.
Mamacita, damn straight.
Fat Sparrow, you're right, it is about social influences and parents can only guard against so much. When shit like pole dancing becomes the norm and a 'fun activity', people forget about its very real connotations. I'm not knocking strippers either, they do what they do, but what they do is very bloody seedy and I sure as shit would not be happy with any daughter of mine thinking it was a good career choice. Neither I suspect would any of the producers of the Peekaboo Pole danching Toy.

9:56 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Blogger! oi! NOAWWWW.

12:39 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

I just heard about this yesterday, a neighbor mentioned it at a party, and I didn't believe her.

Jesus CHRIST! I am in full agreement with you. This is sicker than sick. Hugh Hefner is a disgusting old character, who I feel is responsible for a lot that's wrong in western culture. Along with Walt Disney, but that's a whole other rant.

2:36 p.m.  
Blogger P1P said...

Wow, while being right alongside pole dancing lessons in general I am shocked that they are touted for children.

Perhaps they could be sold alongside my first bar, and fisher price street fight kit.

Who do you blame? The people who come up with this crap for kids or the parents for allowing their kids to have them.

If I had a daughter there would be none of this.

4:15 p.m.  
Blogger John Mc said...

The really scary thing is that the store wouldn't sell it if there wasn't a demand. They have got to realise that this would stir up a shit storm, and be prepared the weather it because it would add to the bottom line.

It defies belief that someone would buy ths for their kids ?

5:43 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

It's bloody disgraceful, that's what it is.
I would like to give out some more but I seem to have grown large with food today and the sofa beckons. There is blueberry cheesecake in the fridge and som pinot chilling beside it. If I can just waddle in there and get it all I will be the happiest person alive.
A wafer thin mint moment may ensue.

6:51 p.m.  
Blogger Jagd Kunst said...

And ban the tether ball and pogo sticks!!

I wanted to be all confrontational and non-pc, but then now as I am a surprise father of an almost 3 year old girl I guess I have to clam it.

I did see some 11 year olds in hotpants the other day and I did do a little spew in my mouth.

I figure in five years or so Heff would have conered the market on garments for 8 year olds too.

'Tis the way of the future :(

2:13 a.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

What next, UCD giving H Dips in pole cavorting?
This shit defies belief!

1:37 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

It is a creeping thing, we are gradually being inundated with more and more sexual products in the hope that some of it can slide under the radar and make money for someone.

2:15 p.m.  
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