Her talk was pretty eye opening. It made me realise how different it is for our children growing up now, than even 20 (actually make it 30) years ago when I was a kid. Children are exposed to sexual ideas and images from such a young age now. On their clothes, on their phones, in their music. Everywhere.
Do you know you can buy underwear for your daughter with the words "Who needs credit cards..." on them? Or what about a t-shirt with the words "Pussy Power" and a picture of a little cat? One thing that did strike me as odd during her talk, was that for manufacturers to be making sexually objectifiying products for young children and teens is one thing, but surely if no one were buying the stuff they would stop making it? Who are the parents that are out there buying these things???
One thing Melinda did stress in her talk was that one person CAN make a difference. She encouraged us to speak up if we see something offensive, and cited a number of examples where one person's voice made a difference (for example in getting offensive products removed from shops).
Melinda has a blog if anyone is interested in reading more:
She also has a grass roots campaign designed to make a difference in our society. Here is a quote from their website:
Collective Shout is a new grassroots campaigns movement mobilising and equipping individuals and groups to target corporations, advertisers, marketers and media which objectify women and sexualise girls to sell products and services.
And for those not interested in my political pontificating...here is a gorgeous picture of Audrey that highlights the innocence of childhood...