Sunday, April 23, 2006

Nudity and Porn

My daughter is five. When she is here, it is just the two of us. I don't know what it is like in other households, but there is a lot of nudity around here. When you're taking care of a little baby, you can't really take them to another room just to get dressed or use the bathroom or shower. So around the age of five, I have had to make a point to lock the door of the bathroom and get dressed in the other room. Right now, she couldn't care less about me being naked. But age five is around the time people make memories that last a lifetime, and I'm quite sure that "seeing my dad naked" is not a memory that she will cherish as a teen or adult.

Which, of course, leads me to porn. I remember some older girls on a schoolbus (they were probably in 6th grade) passing around a picture of a naked man and giggling over it. Since the mainstream "porn" was Playboy and Penthouse, magazines that just had pictures of naked women, I would imagine that it was one of the only images of a naked man those girls saw their entire lives, until they encountered a real, live naked man.

So I wonder what kind of effect the one-click-away-from-porn world is going to have on kids growing up with the internet. My kid is one click away from an image of not just naked people, but people having all manner of sex imaginable. I'm not worried about it now, but curiosity will get the best of her eventually, and she'll see that stuff.

I have a pretty healthy, unshockable view of sexuality. I don't think it is dirty or wrong or sinful or any of that stuff. I hope that the easy availability of material of a sexual nature does nothing more than "normalize" it a little more. But I can't help but worry about it.

Ahh, to be the father of a little girl.

2 Comments:

At 9:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with easy access to hardcore porn is that now teenagers think that nailing a girl in her ass, pulling out, and blowing all over her face is a normal part of lovemaking. Bill Maher had a great quote about young kids and anal sex that went something like "the only time we had anal sex in high school was when we missed". It's pretty messed up what these kids know about. I work with a lot of people in their late teens and early twenties and their idea of sex is pretty, uh, advanced. I don't what you can do about it.

 
At 12:12 AM , Blogger Sher said...

You and me both...5 year old girls that is. I already worry and there's no chance in hell she'll be on My Space.com!

 

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