It’s okay sweetie, pose for the cameraman

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There’s no doubt about it that as time goes by, we as a society posses different sorts of issues concerning the safety of our children’s innocence and future. And the topic that is raised right now is the debate of what is considered Art, or Pornography. Children are the key to the future, and as parents, bystanders, and daily participants in the public sphere we all control the way in which we see art.

Problems that occur are the media’s affect in which it represents the child, and it’s presence to the public sphere. Furthering controversy as it’s influence on others young and old, are then distorted with many diverse interpretations.

There is a fine line between the definitions of art and porn, but what makes this area so grey is the exposure of children for the use of art. It’s through people’s individual interpretation of what they call art that causes the public sphere to react in negative and or in positive ways to certain the true intentions of art. It’s like everyone has a different definition of what people call music. Some like classical, and call that real music, others might not agree. However this issue of children in the act of “art” and the exposure of child pornography that makes this much similar.

Throughout the years, artists from around the world as early as the renaissance era and the middle ages have been painting, sculpting and creating works of children to present to the audience the wonders, and magnificence of humans and their story. So as you see below, why could they do it then and get away with it? Was it a problem back then, or are we being too sensitive to what is considered art? Answer? Technology and media’s moral relationship with Children.

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Since much has changed during the renaissance and the Middle Ages, both morals and values, and puberty ages have too.

  • 1860 = 16.6 yrs
  • 1920 = 14.6 yrs
  • 1980 = 12.5 yrs
  • 2010 = 10.5 yrs

The ways we view things by the media are different, so why has it become a growing problem? It’s Cohen’s classic text in 1972 that had explained the theory of societies new threats.

Sexuality as we know, and exposure of children in the face of media are now regulated and “Sex sells” let’s face it, sex is in our faces constantly, sex is on our phones, sex is in magazines, and sex is even on the Internet.. Yet sex is disguised as idolised appearances and norms. Influence is everything concerning media, and when children come into the situation people take deep concern to what they themselves are exposed to, and the public around them. Semiotics of art works are viewed in a new lens, and legal measures are taken for the protection of ‘innocence’ and its sexuality is a sense of danger rather than healthy exploration.

Take for example in 2008, May 23 with Bill Henson’s “Art Works”.

It’s a grey area folks, but sadly today corporate paedophilia has grown with the help of evolving technology and the more the media exposes an artwork for shame, so will the public.

Answer within the comment your point of views.

Until next time 🙂



One thought on “It’s okay sweetie, pose for the cameraman

  1. tobijae97 says:

    I enjoyed that you used a different sort of taboo topic to a lot of other blogs I have seen. Art vs Pornography of Children rather than how children are affected BY the media but showing how they are portrayed IN the media. I like your use of old artworks whilst still using modern day photographs and YouTube videos to make your point.

    Some critiques would be maybe using a reference closer to this date. Whilst it is still modern the video is almost seven years old and some things have changed since. Possibly linking to maybe some more recent studies or examples in showing the fine limes between pornography and art. Well-written blog post, very well done 🙂


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