At what age should children be exposed to the adult world? For the psychotic control freak mummies at campaign group Child Eyes, the answer to that question appears to be: never. Child Eyes has successfully campaigned to have newspaper covers hidden in major UK supermarkets. The covers, they say, “normalize sexualized and sexist imagery” and shouldn’t be in a toddler’s line of sight.
This bizarre demand is only the start for Child Eyes, because it’s not just newspapers and lads’ mags which are for the chop. According to their website, they also want magazines like Men’s Health banned (for “self-esteem” issues). They’re even going after women’s weeklies like Take a Break, the sort which have real life horror stories like “I was raped for a packet of Maltesers” (which the nutters at Child Eyes say, incredibly, “glorifies” rape and child abuse).
Obviously, it’s just a symbolic victory, designed to give mums something to crow about at dinner parties while achieving nothing for children. Can a two-year-old even differentiate between a picture of a woman in a bikini and a picture of a banana? Children don’t notice or pay attention to Kim Kardashian’s bottom. Nor do they notice or care about oiled abs on the front of Men’s Health. So what’s really going on?