Sunday, July 29, 2007

Starting younger?


Last night on my break at work I flicked through on of those trashy magazines...noooo, not a dirty one, a chick's one...you know, with make up and clothes you could never ever afford that are draped on girls who are about 14 years old and made up to look about 25..yep, you know it...

Anyhow, I got to flick to the centre of he magazine and there was a whole page on how to seduce your man. This mag is targeted at the teenage girl mind you. One of them showed an image of a mn bending a girl over a bannister and having a "quickie". The next was to have phone sex with your man while he is on his mobile driving over to your place. There were a few more there too. YES, I did read it, it was interesting but it was disturbing to me that the age group of he targeted reader is young. Am I getting old? I am no prude I can safely tell you.

The next page had an article about condoms, not related to the steamy previous page. How to store them and when to use them. Then it spoke about EAM's...Emergency Abortion Medications...just in case you forget to use the said condoms you had in your purse. NOT IMPRESSED.... good, yes, teach the girls what is out there BUT... getting info from a trashy mag that speaks on one topic on one page and another on the very next.... I'm gunna hide my girls from the World!!! And hide my boys from the other girls too!!!

Arrgghh, think I might just carry on as I am and answer their questions open and honestly and try to pertain to their level of understanding....yep....carry on...carrying on!!

16 comments:

Big Mama said...

It is all we can do these days, huh? Mine are 11 & 13, and my mother always told me to teach them everything good or bad and believe in them to make the right choices. Always be there with an extra hug and a shoulder to lean on. Easier said than done when you 11 year old daughter asks you,"what is a sex toy?"....

Princess Banter said...

No, it's true! I do feel exactly like you. I'd like to think that I'm not that old, yet I feel that kids nowadays are a bit too old for what they really are. What is the rush!??!? And what the hell is the media doing fueling this rush??? And they wonder why there are so much unplanned pregnancies and abortions!!

G-Man said...

Cazzie...I'm with you..

Lucy said...

You are happy. I don't have girls.
Always I and my husband see enviouslythe other daughter. LOL

Andrew said...

They grow up so quickly. It is sad to give them so much knowledge when so young.

phishez_rule said...

What magazine was that? From the way you're talking I'd say its D**** or G********. They're aimed at teens. But if it was C*** or C****, they're aimed at older teens (19+) and early 20's. Not that that kind of advice should be printed EVER, but its worse if its from the first few.

ChickyBabe said...

The thought of young ones watching video hits or whatever on saturday mornings and dancing suggestively like those artists makes me cringe. Plenty of time for that later! As for the mags, teaching teenagers to seduce their 'man' gives me the creeps. Teach them stuff they should know but leave the 'how-to' when they're older.

PS word verif has 'thfux' in it.

Crushed by Ingsoc said...

Never really read one of these magazines, but I know what you mean.
On the whole I think the attitude that they need to know, is kind of false, you direct their attention to it.
They do seem to know far too much too soon, and we should not forget that not only are they too young, we are encouraging them to make themeselves into targets for perverts.

That's alarming.

Flat Coke and Flies said...

I remember when my mother wrote "Sassy" magazine to tell them how immoral they are and cancelled my subscription for this same type thing. It's been going on awhile, but they do seem to be attracting younger audiences. It's a shame.

Queen of Dysfunction said...

Way too young for that audience. I don't think you have to be a prude to understand that some things are best left to "women" and not "girls" because of the potential consequences.

susan said...

What's amazing is that they have enough of a readership to keep publishing. Hello, Parents? Are you not looking at what your kids are reading?

I have to smile looking at the little "training" bras. We are past that stage now, but you can't believe how hard it is to find a bra that isn't padded. It amazes me. (I'm just glad that belly shirts are out of fashion now)

And I have to agree with the earlier comments to talk about *everything*.

Cazzie!!! said...

Big Mama, oh noes..what did you reply to her question? I agree with having the shoulder to lean on, Tom gave me the biggest hugg this morning. He had missed me this past weekend as I worked.

PB, Good, we are agreed then, I am normal!

G-Man, good, another point scored.

Lucy, your boys are gorgeous, I love my boys too, they still love cuddles.

Andrew, yeah. That was one magazine I would not buy for sure.

Phishez, I went back into that room on break last night and the same mag was sitting on the coffee table, it was a G********* mag. See, there was nothing to watch on telly and so that was the only reading material I had on Saturday. Yesterday I took my The Power of Now book to work and meditated half my break..trying to clear my mind and body of all stress build up. I was much more focused on my work after that.

Chickybabe, LOL at word verification, it can be so apt sometimes! Agreed on the plenty of time later comment.

CBI, oh yeah, targets for the sickoes I agree, that is soo creepy!

FC&F, yes, that is what I noticed, a younger audience targeted, very sad indeed.

QOD, differenc between women and girls...definately! Well said!

Susan, I remember I was the first girl in my year in Grade 5 at Primary School to have a bra. That makes me age 10. An early developer as all the women in my family are. I was taunted for it by other kids, it was sad, I would wear a jumper on a hot day to cover the straps so no one could pull them. In the late 70's boob tubes became fashion again, I don't think they were all that bad, not for flat chested girls anyhow. But these little bras pictured here are targeted for 6 year olds..alarming!

Menchie said...

Gosh, tell me about it. I am so paranoid at what my kids watch on tv and read.

Right now, they know the concept of getting married and because they see the affection between me and my husband, they sort of understand it entails kissing on the lips but that's pretty much it.

I am definitely going to monitor their reading material as they get older but sometimes, we can only go so far. We can't predict what they will learn in the environment outside of the home.

Keshi said...

** I'm gunna hide my girls from the World!

U wud hv to Caz. Cos if I had kids, I'd do the same!

Keshi.

farmwifetwo said...

I don't know if it's any younger. I was reading adult books as a teenager - mostly regencies - Sweet Valley High annoyed me.

And Cosmo magazine....

Difference was I was mature enough.. smart enough... to realize one was fiction and the other could get me into trouble and I had plans....

Middle Child said...

Many years back, when our daughters were about 14 and 11, they were asked to go in a fund raising fashion parade in our town. Most of the people were under 16 down to 4...

I was really sickened when the organisers sent out these dear little girls aged about 5 and 6 and instead of just walking like kids, they were made up to the nines, and all walked in the same way (as they had been taught), backsides wiggling for all the world like hookers (apology to any hookers out there)... people around me clapped and cooed..."How cute" I felt sick at what was being done to them. Luckily our two were just modelling track suits and sports wear so they had them runnning about as if it were tennis, and not 14 going on 24.

WE had trusted the women organising this charity affair and left them with our kids when they were practising... no bloody wonder the kids have such troubles growing up... many of us have yet to do so our selves... well spotted Cazzie - it gets worse - good parenting gets harder and more important as they grow.