Archive for October, 2010
Last week we had a story about the Dazl Diamonds, a group of boy cheerleaders from Britain. Here’s the complete, 1-hour-long documentary about them from the BBC. The video may take a few seconds to start since it’s a pretty big file. You can also download it here for offline watching.
The Wall Street Journal writes:
“Glee co-stars Dianna Agron, 24, Corey Monteith, 28, and Lea Michele, 24, star in a racy photo spread entitled “Glee Gone Wild!” in the November issue of GQ magazine. Both Agron and Michele appear scantily dressed (while Monteith remains fully clothed) and Michele, in particular, seems unable to smile without making a pout-y, open-mouthed expression.
Naturally, the [American] Parents Television Council is outraged by the cover. PTC President said in a statement: “It is disturbing that GQ, which is explicitly written for adult men, is sexualizing the actresses who play high school-aged characters on ‘Glee’ in this way. It borders on pedophilia. Sadly, this is just the latest example of the overt sexualization of young girls in entertainment.”
Yes, 24 year-olds in a racy pose on a magazine cover are called a pedo treat. Of course the parents council is wrong about. As Time‘s James Poniewozik has pointed out, Lea Michele is not her character, and neither is Dianna Agron. Provocative sexy photos of adult women don’t become photos of children just because those same women play high-school students on television.
But that’s exactly where we’re going: 20 years ago people were called a pedo for perving over 8 year-olds. Today many countries are trying to implement laws that would make it illegal to look at “racy” photos just like the one above with adults who look like they might be younger than 18.
By now it should be obvious that the fight against all the so called “child pornographers” (which are often enough 17 year-olds making photos of themselves) is nothing but a big load of bullshit. As for the GQ cover… if for anything it should be objected for being extremely sexist by enforcing idiotic gender roles (which don’t reflect the characters of the girls in show by the way).
More on this topic: Glee, The Simpsons, and Virtual Child Porn
Dyson is a 5 year-old boy who LOVES girl’s clothes and jewellery. Dyson is a gender non-conforming child. He is also a joyous child. His parents have let him pursue his joy. And it’s amazing to behold. His joy in his own being is literally contagious. Who would not want to be with this child?
When Dyson first discovered his love of dresses and “bling,” instead of freaking out, his parents, Cheryl and Dean, started talking and listening. They educated themselves and are now educating other adults and children. Dyson’s mom, Cheryl, has even written the children’s book: My Princess Boy.
With all the terrible teen suicides and gay bullying around us right now, it’s nice to hear a happy, positive spin on a boy who’s different. In the words of Dyson’s brother: "If he’s happy, I’m happy."