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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Don’t let children grow up too quickly

PADDED bras for chil-dren, items sporting the Playboy logo, beauty contests for toddlers in make-up and anything promoting pole-dancing as “healthy exercise’’.

It should all, in my opinion, be consigned to a special bonfire in Hell.

We should, as a society, hang our heads in shame that we allowed our daughters and granddaughters to be pressured by such sexualised commercialism.

The Mothers’ Union is brave and absolutely right to take such a stance against those who wish to rob our young girls of their childhood.

Girls need to learn to be women from those who love and care for them; their parents, family, friends, teachers and role-models.

They don’t require any help from businesses who simply see the financial gains from selling adult-themed items to young girls.

The point of childhood is to allow girls to grow and develop safely into healthy and confident women. It is not the time to hear about personal waxing, how to please men, Katie Price’s opinions on life and dieting to a size zero. (In fact, there is never a right moment to hear about any of this).

If I had a pound for every time I hear that old sequined-covered pink chestnut about how expressing their sexuality empowers females, I’d be able to buy up Hugh Hefner and his damn mansion.

Education empowers girls. Information and support which allows them to develop strong self-esteem, respect for their bodies and enables them to make choices which won’t harm or undermine them.

Females have many years to be women, but only a short time to be a child. We should all fight for them to enjoy these precious moments without the pressure to grow up too quickly.

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