Reframing the Sexualization Debate

The center for Normalizing Any & All Sexual Preferences doesn’t actually exist, at least not yet. At Salvo Magazine we invented the CNASP because it comes very close to the truth about how our society tends to approach sexuality. ‘If it happens, it’s natural. If it’s natural, it’s OK.” That is the topic of my article for the latest edition of Salvo Magazine, I pointed out that the debate over the sexualization of children (which was particularly strong in Britain last year) has centred primarily on quantitative questions. Are our young people being exposed to too much sex? Does this exposure happen at too young of an age?

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Now certainly questions like these are important, especially when we ask who profits from the sexualisation of a 13 or 14 year-olds. I think few would doubt that the beneficiaries include the growing network of pedophiles in Britain.
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What I find interesting, however, is that by framing the debate solely in terms of the above questions, the discussion has excluded crucial qualitative distinctions we need to be making.

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Don’t get me wrong. Certainly we should be concerned if media and marketing are influencing the next generation to think about sex when they ought to be thinking about dolls and trains. However, shouldn’t we be even more concerned if the marketing, media and the entertainment industries are subtlety influencing children to think about sex in the wrong type of way? We need to be asking not just whether children are being sexualized too early, but how they are being sexualized.
The stimuli children are bombarded with are, in fact, orienting them towards an illusory understanding of their sexuality. Embedded in the products now available to children, especially childrens’ TV and music videos, is a subtle false narrative about what it means to be a man or a woman.

The narrative I have in mind is one in which sex is disengaged from the secure relationship of marriage. It is a narrative which evacuates from sex any emotional, let alone ethical, underpinning, thus reducing it to something purely animalistic. It is a narrative which tends to associate the good life with what is fashionable, cool and up to date. In short, it is a narrative which says, ‘If it happens, it’s natural. If it’s natural, it’s OK.”

To keep reading my thoughts on this subject, subscribe to Salvo magazine today and receive issue 19. Look for my article “Sex & the Kiddies The Sexualization of Children & How Advertising & Entertainment Change Their Brains!” 

4 thoughts on “Reframing the Sexualization Debate

  1. I enjoyed the article and thought about the article from Salvo 6, “The End of the Innocence: Whatever happened to childhood?” by Marcia Segelstein.
    Imagine if people applied, “If it’s natural it’s okay” standard to eating or anything physiological.
    Obviously, people know that moderation is needed in some physiological area such as food/diet/health.
    Strangely, sexual health means never suppressing or dieting but only more gluttony.
    But when you read articles such as this: http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/lower-education_554092.html?nopager=1
    You start to realize how true Aaron Burton saying is: “The rule of my life is to make business a pleasure, and pleasure my business.”

  2. Thanks for posting this, Robin. I saw a movie recently that addressed the sexualization of children. It was with Clive Owen. In the movie his young daughter gets seduced over the internet by a much older man. One of the results is that Clive’s character gets a different angle on his career in advertising for American Apparel.

  3. The sexualization ‘debate’ will always entice us to a lower and lower understanding of what is human. We are not ‘sexual beings’ we are gendered beings made to commune with and glorify God.
    The anthropology of this age is truly blasphemous not because it glorifies man and his reason, but because it debases man and degrades him into a pile of passions and ugliness.
    The sexualization of children is only possible because we have allowed ourselves to become sexualized.
    “This kind only comes out with prayer and fasting”.

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