A very early start today after Billy Westie decided to rouse us from our bed this morning with a bout of loud barking. To be fair he rarely does that. He usually waits quietly for us to wake but today he decided to call the alarm. It was probably one of the local cats crossing the garden.
Today is like any other Sunday. We plan to have no plan. It's usually Andrew Marr, newspapers, dog walking and copious amounts of coffee which works very nicely. This morning, however, we also decided to watch The Big Question hosted by Nicky Campbell and what a disappointment that was. The questions were good but the audience were divided into opposing teams and on each question a stance was taken and not shifted from and Campbell's attitude in my opinion served to trivialise rather than invite real debate.
I want to see if I can do any better in promoting debate and one of the questions I'm interested in is the sexualisation of children. I feel very much that our children aren't allowed to be children. Almost from the cradle we dress them as miniature adults. I started thinking about this yesterday. I was waiting at the checkout at the local supermarket and coming through on the next till was a grandmother and her granddaughter. The child was at a guess about seven years old. She was dressed in leggings and a leather bomber jacket. Her midriff was bare and she was wearing kitten heeled boots. In my opinion the look was inappropriate. It could be that I'm out of date and or old fashioned but I don't understand why children are being dressed in such a provocative way.
Where do you stand on this? Is it ok to dress our children as mini adults or should they be dressed as children?