#14 – Sexualising Their Children

30 10 2009

Once upon a time, the upwardly-mobile, social climbing bogan would be content to live their life in a self-consciously pointless quest to emulate whichever celebrity topped whichever magazine’s ‘sexiest’ list. This was a relatively harmless pursuit. Sexy celebrities generally were quite sexy, and an ambitious bogan is less threatening that an aimless, directionless one.

However, since ‘the good old days’, two things happened. Being ‘sexy’ became synonymous with ‘have recorded a sex tape, and present themselves thus’, and bogans developed a taste for dressing their children as adults. The latter of these is usually the result of an upbringing wherein the bogan’s parents could not afford whatever off-the-rack Just Jeans low riders were in amongst 12 year-olds at the time. Today, the nouveau bogan is in a less parlous financial situation. Hence, dressing their primary-schoolers in hipster jeans and crop-tops is justified by a need to ensure that their precious offspring are not teased at school as they were.

The result is that, in an effort to have their children fit in, and now with the extra leeway afforded by a booming economy and low-priced clothing outlets like Supre, little Maddylyn and Bylynda are now dressed like Paris Hilton. On a bender. With Britney Spears. By this, bogan parents consider themselves ‘cool’ in the eyes of their pre-teen daughter, with whom they wish to remain ‘BFFs’.

He really is

This sexualising of children is amplified by the inherent competitiveness between bogan parents, who equate preparing their kids for a lifetime of fluffing the high school dropout with being ‘cool’ and ‘adorable’. Thus, we see children strutting around in their ‘Legal-Ish’ T-shirt, decorated, with delicious ‘irony’, in silver glitter, thereby making it the preserve of the 10 year-old girl. Couple this with a skirt last seen on the members of Tatu, and it is bogan parent nirvana. Not that this is the end of it. Indeed, it has moved to the point where newborn boys are proudly displayed wearing a t-shirt avowing that they are a ‘tits man’.

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30 10 2009
Harold Holt's Floaties

I know a bogan couple who seem to put half a tub of hair product in their 12 month old sons hair every fucking day

1 11 2009
jaworski

If it’s not bad enough that young bogan girls have an army of Bratz dolls, their parents have decided to bring the doll to life. Tragic.

1 11 2009
Katie of Qld

This would be funny, if it wasn’t so true. Peddo smorgasbord out there.

1 11 2009
Col

its true only the stupid people are breeding

1 11 2009
T-Mac

Great Harvey Danger refereence!

1 11 2009
Rod

My niece had a 10th birthday party on the wekend. Her and all her little friends went to, you guessed it, a salon for beauty treatments! Gag!

1 11 2009
Armando

And it’s these stupid bogans who are the first ones in line for a good ol lynch’n when a pedo moves into their ‘hood. See Dennis Ferguson. These stupid people also turn to the neil mitchells to vent their anger.

Their stupidity and failure to see their hypocrisy is what’s so frustrating about bogans.

1 11 2009
harold holts floaties

oh great – the brains trust has arrived – stormfront….what rambling nonsense. cashed up bogans are a class of people from all colours/creeds.

1 11 2009
Ptifanny

Most “white” Australians like me have a tan, bogans too, so should that be pro-Tanned? Mate, we all came from Africa.

1 11 2009
SouthPark

I thought NAMBLA was made up by south park?

2 04 2010
2 04 2010
Tombarina

Just looked up the NAMBLA website. Here’s a “case study” justification:

“Who we are is perhaps best understood from Dr. John Money’s account of two boys, who speak about how they view their adult lovers: Andy – “Just as normal as anybody else. He is like a second father to me.” Burt – “He’s neat; and he’s nice, and gives me more respect than anyone ever has … he treats me like an adult, not like my parents treat me. To me, he’s my best friend.””

Super! Neat, nice, fatherly, underage sodomising – it’s soooo much better. Lucky, lucky Andy and Burt.

1 11 2009
Rod

Jeez, Stormfront needs a good lie down. Go and polish your jackboots then have a little rest before you further embarrass yourself, you twit.

1 11 2009
Lamont Cranston

And when they take them on public transportation they allow the kids to play along the edge of the station platform, whining at them to get away but to busy chatting with their friends to actually go over and do something about it.

But wasn’t the whole pointing of moving out to the suburban wastelands & the McMansions and having a 4WD plus one or two other cars so that they could be above catching trains?

1 11 2009
Silver Stallion

What is with this “bogan” thing? Now I know who the haters are.

1 11 2009
A

I work in Albion Park (aka Boganville) and I am pretty sure that virtually every child under a year old has pierced ears and regularly see little girls with provocative clothing (eg, short shorts with hand prints on the rear stating “touch me” or t-shirts with “I kissed a vampire and I liked it”). I would have thought I’d be used to it by now, but I’m still shocked.

1 11 2009
Nicola

Traditionally here in WA a ‘BOGAN’, when I was growing up was someone enjoyed AC/DC, live music (heavy metal), wore DB’s, flannels and tight jeans and liked their vehicles ie Toranas, Kingswoods, Geminis, Esorts the ‘HOT CARS’.
I guess consuming alcohol is a no, no too.
Please dont put all of this crap on us. We are just what we are.
Here to have a GOOD TIME!
What ever you are calling a Bogan is so mis-informed.
Is the editor 20 years old?????????????

2 11 2009
hi

the defintion of bogan is ever changing and has expanded to include all of this

13 11 2009
Jenki

yeah, and they were called “Bogs”….bogans is the new term…….

1 11 2009
Fed up

Whats the difference between a bogan sexualising their children and semi nude photos of young teenagers taken by Bill Henson. Oh I know the chattering classes doing the looking and pretending its art holding their catalogues in front of their pants to disguise the hard ons.

3 11 2009
pinky has a brain

Fed Up, I am of the non-bogan persuasion, and I found the Henson photo’s disgusting, as I do seeing little girls walking around showing the bum’s for the world (inc; every pervert) to see.
So please, don’t blame us because we described your taste in ‘tween’ ‘fashion’.

4 11 2009
Pleased as punch

Loving the bogan leap of logic here.

In fact, loving the bogan leaps of logic all through their comments on this site in their struggle to identify what a non-bogan stands for…

23 11 2009
Jeebus

You’re a classic bogan. You see an image and automatically assume its sexual. Your comment reveals more (disturbingly) about you and yours than it does about Henson.

#31 – Getting their opinions from Today Tonight

24 11 2009
Kathy

Don’t forget Neighbours and Home and Away. Oh wait on, that’s where they get their morality from.

1 01 2010
James

Who exactly are the “chattering classes”? Read Andrew Bolt much, do we?

2 11 2009
B

heheheh though to be honest…
having a boy’s t-shirt with “i’m a tits man IS kinda funny in my opinion 😛

2 11 2009
ColinJ

A far worse crime bogans commit against their kids is feeding the poor things inappropriate foods.

Like I said before I used to work in a hospital (a haven for public bogan behaviour) and I was always struck into disbelieving silence when I’d see small children, either in prams or toddling along, sucking down on bottles of coke or shoving Twisties into their mouths.

And inside my head I’d rage at their fat, harpy bogan mothers. I mean, what the fuck do they think that pounding all that caffeine and sugar into their babies is doing to their brains!?!

And then in a few years they wonder why their kids are stupid and hyperactive.

I saw that kind of thing far more times than I was comfortable with.

4 11 2009
Jodie

Dude, so true. I actually live in a suburb with a large bogan population and I see this all the time at Safeway. Now, I’m certainly no nutritional saint but I make sure there are some grains and vegetables in my trolley along with the ice-cream. I usually see at least one harried, unhealthy-looking breeder screaming at Braiyleigh and Madycinn (both of whom are unholy terrors) while pushing a trolley full of fluorescent garbage. Kids acting psycho? Trolley full of chemicals, caffeine and sugar? Nope, not seeing a connection…

4 11 2009
brad

I now can see that Jodie is quite full of hate,and is obviously some sort of feminazi.Anyone that uses dehumanizing words such as “breeder” to describe a battling mother has serious social issues.I too have children and have seen that look of disgust from no-bodys like you, just remember sweet-heart while you may sneer at people like that poor mother ,to them you are a no-body taking up they’re childrens breathing space

4 11 2009
Pleased as punch

Just as you take offence to young mums being called ‘breeders’, I take extreme offence to the use of the term ‘feminazi’.

If you’re threatened by the intellect of feminists that’s your own insecurity. Don’t take your issues out on the male and female feminists around you who are working hard to address the very real exploitation and violence faced by girls and women.

Further note that these harms are often caused by the demands of bogans (who have no idea of the consequences of the sexualisation of women/girls, the local sex industry, and sex tourism, for example).

4 11 2009
Jodie

True, Pleased. I always giggle when meatheads refer to a strong, intellectual woman as a feminazi. It means she’s doing something right. Brad, you buffoon, I don’t hate men and I don’t hate mothers. “Breeder” is a very specific term I use to describe a certain kind of parent, not *all* parents.

And to those maroons who are all “but my chyyyyyuld could cure cancer or be the prime minister!” Maybe, but odds are that squalling brat will just end up on the Centrelink queue or if s/he *really* does well for him/herself, working there. The people who cure cancer? That would be us, the “over-educated wankers” you despise so much.

God, I’m enjoying this site. I think I’m addicted. 😉

13 11 2009
Jenki

What do you know ??
I knew a family when I was growing up who were what would be “ultra bogan” by todays standards.They had 5 screamng kids .I recently met up with the two eldest who are very successful businesswomen now and are collecting accolades the world over.Their brothers have also made a success of their lives.All this from a family whose Father never met a brush and whose Mother never met a fruit or vegie in her life! She certainly didnt know as much about cleaning as dope smoking!

So dont get too smug there, you never know where your toughest competition could come from , sometimes adversity breeds tenacity .

21 12 2010
dystopeon

Rosie the Riveter says – FUCK HUMANITY!

the reason the word feminazi is used is because western women are just as culpable as their male counterparts – in the WWII effort. your grandmothers (not mine they were POW’s) built munitions, bombs and technologies that killed women and children, that committed the crime of speaking a different language. Congrats ladies (Jodie & pleased as punch) you define the humanity hating “feminazi” to the tee. Go join the army you fucking myrmidons.

4 11 2009
brad

ha ha thats the thing with self rightous people like your self always coming back to your piss ant little crusades,what the fuck does me outing Jodie as a spiteful little creature who thinks motherhood is demeaning to woman(thus the term breeder) have to do with brothels and perverts trips to thailand?One does not have to adopt an idealogical stance to make sure that people arnt exploited,beleive it or not i understand the inequality some woman(usually ‘bogans’,not upper middle class uni educated feminists) face.You my dear live with your head up your ass ha ha

4 11 2009
Pleased as punch

OK Brad, I’ll spell it out for you as you totally missed my points (but reinforced another point in my mind – vielen Dank).

1. Don’t object to people using labels you see as being unfair simply using another hurtful label (particularly when you clearly don’t understand what one half of the label means, and I don’t mean the Nazi bit… fail).

2. By referencing the sex industry, I was:
-demonstrating why feminists exist, as the point has clearly been lost on you
-demonstrating that bogans reinforce the need for feminism

So quit hating on feminists because you’re scared. Look up the Feminism 101 blog – I promise it won’t bite you. I heart this blog.

5 11 2009
Troit

This topic certainly is touchy. I believe I see the problems with such behaviour, and can’t quite understand how others don’t. Those children’s beauty pageants are simply astonishing – the little girls end up looking like a cross between Barbie and Chucky from Child’s Play.

I remember years ago an innapropriately, provocatively dressed Bogan-esque young thing walking past a group of strangers (me being one) waiting for the bus and when she was out of earshot, some dirty old man turned to me with raised eyebrow and said, “Ha. Eleventeen.” Disturbing.

4 11 2009
Sam

Some people just shouldn’t have kids Brad. Stupid breeding stupid. Surely parenting comes with some degree of responsibility?

4 11 2009
brad

Albion Park greys on a thurs nite …..love it

4 11 2009
brad

Jodie nice to hear from you.My last comment was directed at pleased as punch, this ones for you.I agree you certainly are a feminist(whatever that is?) but over educated?-whats a maroon or are you just humouring me?……….p.s also addicted

4 11 2009
Jodie

Yes, I certainly am a feminist, and darn proud of it, too. Maroon=moron. The “over-educated” part was in response to a common “insult” thrown at some of us from conservative/bogan types. I’m not full of hate, though. Quite enjoying myself, actually. 😉

4 11 2009
brad

Nice smile!

24 11 2009
Kathy

Ha ha. This is spot on. You forgot to mention that the sexualising of the children is teamed with a rabid disgust for the sexualisation of children.

4 12 2009
Emma

HAHAHA anyone wearing shirts with slogans on them is a total fucking bogan and usually the opposite of what is written on it.

24 12 2009
Right and proud

Read this excerpt in the Clive Hamilton book ‘Affluenza’-

“One parent reported how thrilled she was at the special service she received in shops because of her ‘funky’ toddler, Ponie, who was wearing a ‘pink cashmere cardigan, striped Genko T-shirt and miniature Vans runners from Japan’. She added ‘She is wearing the worst shoes for her outfit, but I let her go.’ Ponie was 2 1/2 years old at the time.”

Perfect example of your modern bogan mother. And I’m sorry, but if you give your child a stupid-arsed named like Ponie, the government should be allowed to come and take your kids off you.

15 01 2010
TJ

From the few pages that I have had the stupidity of reading all the comments sound like they are comming from old hags who are stuck in the 60’s get over it seriously if you dont like the station then change in other words if you dont like what you see then do something other then have a cry on here where no one with any real power or authority can do anything to help. As a good Kisschasy song says “your all just wear spray on pants”

I gave up on my third attempt at reading this. Get acquainted with the odd looking button on the right hand side of the “M” on your keyboard. It will change your life. TBL

16 01 2010
TJ

sorry i dont live with my laptop in hand funny thing is 90% of the time it stays in the same spot on my desk only time i get on it is to get some music from some bands i like and yeah kings of leon is a band i listen to but i also listen to cky, go play in traffic, offspring, afi, the killers, jimmy barnes and cold chisel, james blunt, him, the get away plan, 30 seconds to mars, usher, u2, trapt, thirsty merc and i ll give any other local talent a listen to cause everyone deserves a chance!

4 02 2010
James

Wow – you should be proud that you managed to squeeze about three sentences into one. Well done.

16 01 2010
Lee

dont you just love it when people rant and rave on about absolutely nothing and dont know how to start or finish a sentence or start a statement with a capital letter it almost sounds as if it has been awake on the gas for a few days and hasnt slept and rants on about its favourite bogan bands usher who the fuck listens to usher and so on and so forth

16 01 2010
Kylie

Would it be called “stream of consciousness ranting” or perhaps whingeing

24 01 2010
Emma

But… all those bands are terrible! Am I missing the joke here?

4 02 2010
Tone

Miley Cyrus’ little sister, 9, has launched a lingerie range::
http://celebrities.ninemsn.com.au/blog.aspx?blogentryid=585857&showcomments=true&rss=yes

Whisky. Tango. Foxtrot. The worst part is that femme bogues everywhere will go out and buy this crap their little Maddysynns and Shakiras.

Makes me glad that the only only time my wife spawned, we had a boy.

4 02 2010
James

Girls are so difficult to buy clothes for. My partner and I have been scouring shops all over Canberra for shorts and skirts that are at least knee length, but so rarely find them. It has come to the point now that whenever we see something of suitable length, we buy it immediately. When was it decided that short skirts and tiny little shorts were suitable attire for six year old girls?

6 10 2010
Madame B

Try looking at old sewing patterns and making the clothes yourself. I was lucky to grow up both in the nineties, when overalls were all the rage, and with a mother who knew how to sew. the once and only time i have worn something above the knee out of doors was… literally, a week ago. i’m 19. You don’t have to buy ‘fashionable’ things to be clothed.

7 02 2010
Tombarina

Saw a T-shirt the other day with “With THESE, I don’t need brains” printed across the chest.
Tres tacky…particularly as it was being worn by a girl of about 8 or 9.

24 03 2010
Edna Focke-Witte

In such a highly sexualized boganised world, how long until someone advocates undergarments for pets?
So you can’t see their… y’know Hoo Hoo. or pee pee.

*blush*

2 04 2010
2 04 2010
Tombarina

Oh sweet baby Jesus.

That’s all I got.

8 12 2010
Iluca

And doesn’t Katie Price look like a class-A skank in those pictures? Honestly, does anyone actually find her attractive anymore?

10 11 2010
Mikey

How about Bratz dolls where the boy dolls had ripped abs and cut-offs and the girl dolls looked like if they had their tummies pressed they’d start doing the prostitute’s lines from Full Metal Jacket? Even their cherished childhood toys are teaching them that bareback is extra.

Not to mention their expanded playset range which actually had a pimp mobile.

8 12 2010
Iluca

Just more evidence that furthers the grounds for parenting licences to be implemented. I know how you feel, James. Try going up a size or two, then bringing in the waist. And put leggings or tights on underneath, a la early 90s kid’s fashion.

11 01 2011
Louise

Saw a 10 or 11 year old girl walking through local shopping centre with tres-bogue mum fagging on and pushing a stroller with two kids aged about 1 and 3. On the girl’s t-shirt was the slogan “So many boys. So little time.”. The poor kid, you can already see where she will be at 15 or 16, it’s just really sad…..

18 01 2011
v'visexxx!on

This is my new favourite you-tube discovery – the song is so catchy – be sure to listen to it all the way through. The child’s name is Eden Wood. The original version, before being slowed down was even more irritating than i thought possible.

18 01 2011
p'bee

why did i watch that? scary thing is this kid seems to have a big following, if all the youtube videos are anything to go by.

18 01 2011
v'visexxx!on

That song has been stuck in my head all day. I can’t get rid of it. I should stop watching it perhaps? How funny is Sharon Osbourne’s face though. Cutie Patootie, tootie cafukinpootie…

18 01 2011
beeb

Check the faces on the panel. They all look unimpressed ++++.
The one far left looks away near the end. Only the blonde in the middle smiles and tries to engage the others in approval.
Is she the mother ? Could be.
Poor little kid – all adult moves taught to her by an adult.

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