An image of a young boy riding on a rocking horse with the lyrics to Pu$$y by Iggy Azalea playing in the background is perhaps one of the strangest of contrasting parallels to have ever been featured, in a music video. A young boy about seven or eight, riding back and forth on a rocking horse while the singer, Iggy raps about guys going down on her? This fills me some extremely mixed feelings. I don’t understand how having a child in such a video is actually even legal, as no doubt being an inquisitive human child, he will ask certain questions about the areas that he doesn’t understand, “what is this? What does she mean when she says that?” etc. No doubt, this child is going to want to tell all his friends about how he was in a music video, yet some (and I’d like to think most) parents wont allow their kids to watch their friends moment of childhood, playground stardom.

Children, I grant, should be innocent; but when the epithet is applied to men, or women, it is but a civil term for weakness.
Mary Wollstonecraft

Welcome to the next next paragraph of an even more ironic situation. A few months ago on a normal rainy Tuesday afternoon I was sat in my office debating as to if I should go outside and pick up a Chicken Katsu Curry, which the time, was my favourite lunch (bit sick of it now). I decided to save myself the joys of the London January weather and stay in, plug my headphones in to my computer and scour the internet for interesting things to pass the time. Almost always I either find myself watching old Bill O’Rilley videos, that never cease to amaze and entertain me, purely in their absurdity of how stupid some of the members of the American public must be! How they are able to put up with all the political spin that the Fox News Channel regurgitates, well after a carefully filtered news reporting system, is beyond all logic. Then there’s the left wing propaganda shows such as Oprah and recently, one that has captured my gaze, The Ellen Show. Ellen is the quintessential left wing talk show host, an open lesbian woman, recently causing an out cry for being supported by the department store giant JC Pennys. She handles much right wing criticism on a daily basis, especially from her friends at Fox News. Why then, would this clearly intelligent woman, deem it fit, to have a young girl on her show, that raps the entire lyrics of Superbass by Nicki Minaj, which contains plenty of clear statements about drug use and sex. Surely this is opening yourself up for a right wing attack?

He Cold, he dope, he might sell coke. Nicki Minaj

Nevertheless, whatever the intentions, one thing is certain, in an ever increasing way children are being subjected to the ideals of a shallow culture that value looks, sexual dominance and a criminal way of life. Being a hustler, “ya gotta make money money, make money money”! Sure, a lot of these songs are, I expect made to be tongue in cheek, which is fine, and I happen to enjoy rap music, but just as the romance in films such as Karate Kid, Star Wars and Superman, three films I spent most of my childhood watching, have left a huge impression on me, with regards to almost every aspect of my life. No doubt that these will, in time, have the exact same affect. Treating woman like sexual objects, the fastest way to make money is to deal drugs, or to pimp out those women that you see as objects, highlighting that it’s cool to do all these things; who knows how these messages will embed themselves in the collective consciousness of the adults of the future.

If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it. Lyndon B. Johnson

Completely on the flip side of everything that you have just read I also see the other side of the argument.. From an early age I’ve been allowed to drink alcohol. My parents always informed me to be careful or controlled how much I drunk, this certainly helped me in not rebelling as a teenager, as I didn’t see the big deal in getting myself drunk in the park. My parents, approaching alcohol in this way, removed the taboo of drinking and thus myself and my twin brother never took it to the extreme as teenagers. Perhaps the same can be said about sex, i.e. if we expose children to these images and the nature of being an adult, then maybe there wont be as many teenage pregnancies, and if it is seen as being just a normal part of growing up, and nothing to be ashamed of, then maybe children will respect their parents more, simply for not keeping things from them? Which I think is the main reason why teenagers rebel. Maybe I just need to lighten up and understand that this world is changing, and that the traditional values, like with every generation, crumble that little bit more for the next.