Children Aren’t So Innocent

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Re:So What? (Score:5, Insightful)
by UnrepentantHarlequin (766870) on Saturday August 28, @03:19PM (#10097740)

and what of childrens’ innocence?

Children’s innocence is an adult fantasy.

My parents tried hard to keep me not only sheltered, but their “little baby girl” forever. Yet by the time I was 10, I knew all the facts (or at least myths) of life, courtesy of classmates. I knew things that would have curled my parents’ hair. Children were far from “innocent” when I was 10 years old — and I’ll be 42 in September.

Unless you isolate your children from every child who knows a child who knows a child who has seen mommy and her boyfriend going at it on the couch, unless your isolate your children from every child who knows a child who knows a child who has been molested by her uncle, unless you isolate your children from every child who knows a child who knows a child who knows about something you want to pretend doesn’t exist, there is no “innocence.” There never was. There is only adult blindness, pretending that if we don’t talk to children about things we don’t like then those things will go away, or at least never affeact our children.

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