Emma, i think it was the Choppers that made your brothers naughty, thus necessitating their smacking. the sombre Raliegh 20 on the other hand clearly made you a good child. it's all in The Book.
OTOH, my brothers did all turn out to be straight Christians, two things I failed abysmally at. Now, was it the pansy liberal up-bringing, or the bike?
Well, my kids (11 and ten-yesterday) are opposed to smacking children, oddly. Also, y'know, they don't get taken out of school to go to protests... They also don't like the way the smacking debate makes Mummy yell at the television.
They've never been smacked and I was never smacked as a child, although my brothers were. Though they all got choppers and I got a Raleigh Twenty, so maybe it evens out.
From memory, the novel was called something like Grey Matters, and involved a lot of Futuramaesque heads in jars.
Okay, see, now I'm curious. What are heads in jars doing with anal beads?
Well, except I threw up in my mouth just a little bit...
To use a phrase I've used a few times before here, cheers David. My children can walk right through the adults' library, browse it, and with parental permission, borrow books from it. Controlling my children's reading is MY responsibility. Same with controlling their internet access. I don't expect to control the net, I expect to control my child.
And I dunno about your library, but mine doesn't HAVE an erotic lit section. There's erotic lit in all the sections. Not the children's library, no, but my kids are well past picture books. And I DO want them to be able to access art books, biology books, and at my son's age, novels with mild sexual content. What's suitable for him is MY decision.
And yes. I'm not actually terribly horrified by my kids seeing a rude picture. My main concern is their exposure to bile-filled lie-stuffed bigotry. Perhaps we could come up with a special domain for that?
Because, oddly, people who work in erotic lit don't want to be associated with hard-core pornography. They find it repulsive.
Also. The site I work on has ONE section devoted to Erotica. This section is security-protected and only accessible to paying users over eighteen. We have other sections devoted to other kinds of writing, which are more open, and accept members over thirteen. Should that confine us to what would be widely viewed as a pr0n ghetto?
Frankly, if you took everything off the www net that I wasn't happy with my ten year old viewing, there'd be feck all left. And I'm not as conservative as a lot of people - some of whom don't want their children viewing anything that normalises homosexuality, even if it's not at all explicit. I was asked to move a picture of two men kissing, even though they were fully dressed, from an M-rated forum.
I wouldn't leave hard copies (paperback!) lying around for children to read so why should the internet be any different?
But would you ask for them to all be removed from every library and put in a special pron-only library so kiddies couldn't touch them?
Pornographers argued they were a 'legal' enterprise with zillions of consumers (no argument there) but moving them to xxx. would not have stopped them trading surely? It certainly would have made it easier for parents/schools to block -- not a bad thing surely?
The problem being finding a borderline for what's pornography and what isn't. Would you move erotic lit sites to xxx domains? And if not, then why erotic pic sites? And if not them... etc.
Your idle hands do the devil's work Haywood!
TMI, dude, TMI.
As a Grrrrl blogger, and just for balance, I can't say I feel I've ever been attacked just for being female. But then, I'm persistently mistaken for a man online. This is particularly hysterical when I'm accused of sodomy.
I like the idea of a free for all badge. Let 'em fly it with pride. But people work out pretty quickly what the environment at a particular site is like, and make choices. I'm big on people making their own choices about their net participation. The Erotica section at BW has a post entitled 'What should I do if I find some content objectionable?'. The first words are 'In the top right-hand corner of your screen, you should see a small x..."
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