First up, the Brighton 'Echo' leads the charge (helpfully illustrated with a picture of...well, I wouldn't exactly call it 'raunch'..):
A crackdown on sex and raunchy behaviour has been unveiled.You know, I don't think people go to Brighton for the climate. Or the tea dances. So I rather think they are cutting their own throats here...
Brighton and Hove City Council is looking to introduce strict quotas to ban any more sex shops and lap dancing clubs within the city’s boundaries.
Next, Mumsnet campaign co-ordinator Kate Williams has this CiF article on the latest 'raunch culture' for kids (illustrated by a picture of not-a-kid Miley Cyrus...):
We may instinctively recoil from products like these; but we may also think twice about criticising them too loudly. Raunch culture has been extraordinarily successful at rebranding all criticism as prudishness – allowing it to march to the heart of mainstream culture, almost unchallenged.Are you kidding me? We never stop hearing from people complaining about every aspect of modern culture!
So, who can turn back the creeping tide? Parents – absolutely.Hallelujah! She's seen the light!
Retailers, too, must step up to the plate. Some will argue that it is not their job to make judgments on parents' behalf. But as a general rule, we don't allow the market a free rein if its imperatives conflict with the well-being of children. We self-regulate – and if that doesn't work, we legislate.In other words, if we allow people the choices and they STILL make the wrong choices, we have to bring in the banhammer. For their own good.
Same as it ever was...
It never used to be though Julia. When I was young parental responsibility was all. It's just slipped down the agenda over the years - slipped into the hands of the Righteous and NuPuritans.
If I owned one of the existing sex shops there I would be overjoyed to hear this news, less competition, hurrah!
Hipsters who sneer at the likes of Mary Whitehouse always change their tune when their own children catch the eye of the sex 'n drugs moloch.
Not that I patronise it but our local sex shop finally moved from around the back by the warehouses to the shabby end of the High Street earlier this year.
"When I was young parental responsibility was all. "
And as it diminished, people started looking to 'the state' to be mummy & daddy instead.
And of course, it happily obliged...
"If I owned one of the existing sex shops there I would be overjoyed to hear this news, less competition, hurrah!"
"Hipsters who sneer at the likes of Mary Whitehouse always change their tune when their own children catch the eye of the sex 'n drugs moloch."
And it's easier to blame some 'other' for that than to try exercising a bit of parental authority.
"...our local sex shop finally moved from around the back by the warehouses to the shabby end of the High Street earlier this year."
Well, when a shop like Ann Summers can be part of the high street...
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