The Sweet Spot: Ex-Porn Star Sasha Grey Reads to Little Kids — So What?

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We must protect our children from sex! Or so most modern thinking goes. Interestingly, this idea of children's inherent sexual innocence is fairly recent. In fact, the Victorians created it.

On the course blog for English 271: Psychoanalysis and Literature at Nassau Community College in New York, a person calling herself Professor Estevez writes of the Victorians, “For children, innocence and moral purity was defined by their ignorance of adult life and adult knowledge. Above all, childhood innocence was premised on a lack of sexuality: The child was seen not so much as a pre-sexual creature, but by definition an asexual one.”

Before Lewis Carroll, Peter Pan, and child labor protection, sexuality in most homes was as obvious as the cows sleeping in front of the fire during winter. Children were seen as miniature versions of adults, albeit not quite as savvy, and they were subject to the same exposure to life as everyone else.

Indigenous people in Brazil known as the Canela, up until the encroachment of Christian missionaries, used sex for just about everything, including smoothing over conflicts, cementing political alliances, and celebrating holidays. Nakedness, frolicking, and the occasional gang-bang were seen by children on a regular basis. So much so that the kids would often mimic the sex play of adults. This was considered “cute” by most Canela.

“Cute,” however, is not what families thought when, while watching Irish priest Martin McVeigh give a presentation about first communion, images of gay porn were accidentally flashed on the screen. Church officials are investigating the “accident” in response to the outrage of the parents.

Last year, former porn star Sasha Grey had to publicly apologize for daring to read stories to first- and third-graders at a school in Compton. Parents at the school, parents in blogs, and moms on The View found it very disturbing that a woman who as one blogger on KLIOU put it, “made a conscious decision to spend an exorbitant amount of time sucking dick on camera for money,” would be chosen to talk to their children.

 

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