If you ever want to scare a parent, really scare a parent…just say sex. If you place that sexual object in front of their child, you only get what’s coming to you -their voice. Most recently Sesame Street was the recipient of such voice. The sex object in question, Katy Perry in an outfit one commenter pointed out could very well be seen on Ms Piggy.
It’s unfortunate because Sesame Street like all the Pixar and new Disney movies are written on two levels one for parents and the second for the preschoolers. Preschoolers don’t take themselves to movies and if they have older siblings like teens who can take them, there is no way they’re going without getting something out of it. A little tongue and cheek goes a long way, but the preschoolers, developmentally -they just don’t get it. They don’t see Katy Perry’s breasts in the same mesh outfit we see Kristie Yamaguchi in when she represented the United States in figure skating and blush. No, they just see her trying to catch up to Elmo and think I wonder if my Mom has a veil like that? If there is any organization that understands this delicate balance, it’s Sesame Street.
Parents and even anti-media advocates may think this is the way seeds are planted to be promiscuous. It’s quite possible, but then we should be calling parents out who walk around the house naked, wear scantily clad clothes or show a lot of skin at the beach, never take a preschooler to a beach or amusement park. Preschoolers are already sexual beings. Developmentally they are figuring out what makes someone a girl or a boy, what makes them a girl or a boy and they have figured out where their genitals are and have no problem playing with them if given an opportunity. Can you say, “Naked Time?” It’s possible that preschoolers only know it’s something “naughty” when they see your reaction likewise later when they’re teens. Teens know because you react and actually they’ve been watching that reaction for the past something “teen” years. This is how they learn to push your buttons so easily. So for them it’s not exactly being rude, “I just happen to know that Dad really hates it when I leave my room a mess. ‘Oops! Dropped that on the floor too. Oh no!’”
Parents who are upset will be upset later when something on television plants the seeds of sex in their now teen’s mind. Maybe it’ll be the suggestion of a sexual health class at their teen’s school, a controversial artist exhibit or a revealing billboard. They want to protect their teen from what’s out there, but they’re often slow to find the words that would educate their teen on the reality of their sexual development and ultimate sexual expression. You can’t just block the exposure you have to have a plan for how you want to expose them. Otherwise, your preschooler and teen both smell a rat.
Like the vision of Katy Perry in her figure skating outfit or Tinkerbell as one commenter’s preschooler described it, your preschooler and later your teen is going to see a woman’s cleavage maybe you’ll be able to stop it and maybe you won’t, but your teen probably won’t want you to stop it later and is going to have one more thing to push your buttons about when they’re not getting along with you. Don’t you hate it when you give them the ammunition against you?