Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Sexualization of Girls – It's Nothing New

From "The Sexualization of girls – it's nothing new," by Judith Riesman, posted 3/13/07, at (Hat tip: Mel)
...privileged women and men get law and such degrees after stripping for advantage. Once in positions of power, such people commonly purge all honest folks in every profession. Those who fight for morality, justice and human dignity must lose their grants, their jobs, their speech. To protect the greedy and corrupt, the moral must be libeled and slandered.

In "Take Back The Night: Women on Pornography" (1980), I documented how Playboy and Penthouse attacked their consumers' morality. I said Playboy would normalize pedophilia:

One favorite technique is to publish photographs of women simulating children, or imitating children and their behavior … [especially using] fairytale cartoons. … Fairy tales take us back to our childhood. … Common themes in Playboy-genre fairytales are the wolf attacking Little Red Riding Hood, The Seven Dwarfs raping Snow White, Goldilocks having sex with Baby Bear, etc. Fairy tales … block out objections to rape, molestation and violence by defining the imagery as "fantasy." Most men, if confronted directly with a violent sexual image would reject it – and the magazine! The idea is to put these vicious crimes into a context that infers it is "just a joke" or "all in good fun." After all, who can object to a joke – except a woman without a sense of humor?

My U.S. Department of Justice, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention study, "Images of Children, Crime & Violence in Playboy, Penthouse and Hustler" (1989), quantified the pernicious creation of the woman as child and the child as woman (I called the "pseudo-child"). Playboy was outraged by our study findings. The Playboy adviser, James Petersen, wrote:

Reisman has invented a species called pseudo-child and claims that 792 adults were portrayed as pseudo-children in Playboy. ... Reisman claims that by dressing women as children, we get around the obvious child pornography laws. (Petersen in Playboy, October 1988)

Right. Peterson and Playboy knew that their pseudo-child was deliberate. Remember, Playboy Press posed and "trafficked" a nude, oiled, 10-year-old Brooke Shields in 1975 in their pedophile and sadosexual book "Sugar and Spice."

...Still, the elite feign surprise when Ivy League co-eds strip for attention; when mass media "sexualizes" girls and women; when our sex crime rate rivals our male impotence rate; and when governors force little girls to be vaccinated for adult venereal diseases. Like Rieff said, our elites are educated to "bring down the roof of civilization."

Read the whole article.