November 25, 2017

Let’s Be More Aware of the Subtle Sexualization of Our Kids

By Julie Samrick

“The problem with exposing kids to sex has far more to do with trivialization and objectification than simply encouraging kids to do it.  It has to do with what kids are taught about human connection.”–Dr. Laura Schlessinger


Dr. Laura hit the nail on the head today with her latest blog post.  Sure it’s rare to find a parent who actually tells her child, “Go ahead, honey, and have sex! You have my blessing!” but by trivializing sex and ignoring messages that go against our moral code we may as well be telling our kids to do just that.  


From fashion to television programs, we give the message sex is not such a big deal by ignoring what we allow to come into our homes, and in the latest instance I caught, our airwaves.  


I recently heard what I thought was just a catchy song by popular singer Flo Rida. It’s called Whistle and as of this writing it’s the #3 song on the Top 100 Billboard Chart, playing on radio stations everywhere. 


The chorus goes like this:

can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby
let me know
girl i’m gonna show you how to do it
and we start real slow
you just put your lips together
and you come real close
can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby
here we go


Why he couldn’t have left out the word “my” and left it “whistle baby” is because a sexual message is blatantly intended.  It’s subtle to the little kids who have no clue what Flo Rida actually means by “blow my whistle,” but once they figure it out, as I’m certain anyone over 13 already has, kids must wonder why the adults around them are singing the lyrics too. 


In what other instances do you see a subtle, or even blatant, sexualization of children?

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  1. I agree that songs have sexual “hidden” meanings – but is it any different than the songs we listened to as kids? As I have gotten older I have discovered the “hidden” meanings in songs I used to sing at the top of my lungs when I was a pre-teen/teenager. The most important part is to talk to your kids about what they are hearing. My parents did not talk to me about anything – I was just forbidden to not do things – without an explanation as to why. Which only piqued my curiosity!! I try very hard to answer my child’s questions and explain why something is not appropriate in our household.
    Just sayin’

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