+ There's been a story picking up momentum recently that David Cameron is supporting a commission that's looking into banning same-sex kisses on British TV before 9pm. As far as I can tell, this isn't actually true and is a result of the Daily Mail and The Sun doing some stirring, and the queer press taking it and running with it.
What I think is actually happening is that: there is a report being put together by Reg Bailey and the Mothers' Union (more on them in a minute) about whether high street advertising and pre-watershed television in general is too sexualised and inappropriate for children. Cameron appears to have made a general remark saying that he is concerned about the issue.
I have general concerns about this report - for one thing, it seems to be lumping together really different issues, like the marketing of things like padded bras and stationary with the Playboy logo on to 10-year-old girls, to sexualised musical performances on talent shows, to sexual content in TV dramas. Also, Mothers' Union is a religious organisation, which concerns me in this context. And as you know, Bob, queer content is often automatically perceived as 'higher-rated' than equivalent het content, so there's definitely a worry that depending on whether this report comes to anything, programming with queer content could be under pressure to 'tone it down'. So, watch this space, but the headline going round that Cameron wants to ban same-sex kisses is, well, somewhat unfounded so far as I can see.
, Daily Mail
, Mothers' Union statement
+ Of more pressing concern: Tory MP Nadine Dorries. She's trying to put a couple of amendments through Parliament at the moment, both of which disturb me.
One: enforced abstinence-only sex education specifically for girls. To quote:
That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require schools to provide certain additional sex education to girls aged between 13 and 16; to provide that such education must include information and advice on the benefits of abstinence from sexual activity; and for connected purposes.
Two: abortion access restrictions.( cut for length )
And lastly, a quote for Dorries herself:
“The problem is the churches have withdrawn. Where I grew up the priest was king. We were scared of priests – the same with the vicars. The Church played a very important role. The Church set boundaries. So did schools, doctors, district nurses. But the Church withdrew, the state became anonymous and society went into freefall. One of the things about the Big Society is to try to put those boundaries back. But the Church has to step up to the plate….I’m talking about priests working with communities and admitting to a level of authority they used to.”
No. Get your personal religious convictions out of my secular government, please and thank you.