I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones, written in pain, written in awe by a puzzled man who questioned, "What are we here for?" All the strangers came today and it looks as though they're here to stay.

-David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Clip Sesame Street Doesn't Want You to See

This video was pulled from Sesame Street because parents believed her outfit wasn't appropriate for children aged one to six. Reflecting on my childhood, I can say that I've seen more inappropriate images from Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry. Cleavage is not a terrifying thing for children. It's not going to make them into sex criminals. Considering the World Health Organization recommends at least 2 years of breastfeeding, somewhere near 1/3 of the audience in question (children ages 1 to 6) already see naked breasts on a daily basis. The other 2/3 remember naked breasts as a not-so-distant memory, a non-sexual memory. I believe the hit 1989 movie Look Who's Talking said it best. James (John Travolta) and baby Mikey (with telepathic voice of Bruce Willis) are looking at a woman's breasts. James says, "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" Mikey responds with his baby telepathy, "Yeah. Lunch!" If you, as a parent, can't see breasts as anything but sexual, then you, as a parent, are the one who is socializing your child to do the same. Don't blame Katy Perry and Sesame Street.

UPDATE: Apparently, the video has been removed from YouTube as well.

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