Kids swimsuit ads improper?

Kids swimsuit ads improper?

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dad of 3

Portland, OR

#1 Jun 20, 2013
I'm of course not posting this to espouse any kind of improper use or display of children, but I think the entire "that's child porn!" Battle cry, and the endless identification of different ads showing child models in swimwear as being improper and promoting pedophilia, has gotten way out of hand. In one case the kid's bikini was found objectionable because they used a leopard print fabric, not because of the way it was designed or posed. It's kind of like the Church Lady character (Dana Carvey) is running rampant and finding fault and impropriety and sexualization where it simply doesn't exist. It's got to the point where ANY picture of little girl or boy posed in ANY position where they're showing skin because the model is wearing a swimsuit is being identified as improper. And the examples I've seen lately, the little girls are SO little that it wouldn't be at all improper to see them playing topless in somebody's front yard (as it's normal to let little kids do). It makes me wonder what these fault finders have going on in their minds! Because I think that just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, to a large degree so is smut and what is these days considered child porn-when it clearly is not. But the most frequently heard objection is "some pedophile could look at that picture and become aroused!" – well, if a person thinks that we then what the child is wearing really isn't going to matter much.

Since: Apr 13

Scappoose, Oregon USA

#2 Jun 20, 2013
Do3 - I agree completely! The whole subject in general seems to be 'much ado about nothing'. I myself did a lot of that kind of modeling when I was between 8 and 14 and I never once felt victimized or object fight. Now that doesn't mean that out there in the world when somebody was looking at my pictures, maybe they thought those things about me – but no one can control that unless we get to the point of Thought Police which is what I feel society is getting dangerously close to now. I do not believe that taking pictures of children, even if they are "questionable" by society's standards (don't even get me started on that subject!) Does not harm the child in any way, unless they feel UNCOMFORTABLE DOING IT AT THE TIME. In other words, children are people too and if they feel uncomfortable doing something they should not be coerced or pressured to do it. But if they feel completely at ease with it and don't FEEL like a victim, then they are not a victim – until social workers and law-enforcement get involved and traumatized them with their whole system telling them that they're victim and frightens and traumatizes them by drilling it into their head that something bad happened to them.

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