Friday, 19 September 2008

hysterical headlines - again

Yesterday the papers went mad yet again at the publication of a simple, easy and straightforward comic published by fpa ( which asks children to think about growing and changing so they do not feel worried about changes that happen to their body.

I was irritated by the headlines because any sensible parent reading it will think it is exactly the sort of thing that can be done easily with their children to help them learn about their bodies and their families.   There was, however, a distinct glimmer of hope when a long time anti sex education campaigner accepted that the comic was mostly sensible and didn't cover anything inappropriate.

The really peculiar bit is reading a headline that promises controversy, and reading the article and finding it boring. To look on the bright side, seems to me the very headlines designed to politicise the issue actually help normalise education about bodies and growing up.

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