Sexpo advertLast Thursday, SEXPO advertised its latest event in Queensland by flying a plane over the playground of a Christian school during school break time. This event, which was held in Brisbane last weekend, is the world’s largest adult show, boasting performers in all aspects of adult entertainment. Its website invites all to come and enjoy all things adult. It appears that now, even at school, our children and young adults are not free from the overt attempts of the adult industry to groom them for future revenue.

Sex still sells. Huge commercial interests lie in products, clothes and magazines, all of which are becoming increasingly directed towards the way women view themselves.

Whilst it seems our society has become immune to the situation, we fail to realise that our children too are growing up normalised to it; they are bombarded daily by images of sexual poses and messages that objectify women, removing from them the innocence of childhood they deserve. These negative images are known to have adverse effects on a person’s self-esteem and even affect the greater perception of what the world has to offer.

It’s time we shifted society on this by ensuring the voices speaking out against the sexualisation of society are no longer speaking in isolation. We need to make a stand together to ensure our children don’t have a distorted view of what true beauty is; the objectification of women is wrong, and the photo-shopped and sexual-posing model is not normal.

Our society is hugely sexualised –

· “Make it bigger and make it last longer” billboards on the way to school.

· Condom and Australia’s Next Top Model advertisements in bus stops as children wait to catch the bus home.

· Honey Birdette shop windows outside Kmart saying 'flash me' in the shopping centre after school.

ACL's Queensland Director Wendy Francis was interviewed by Sunrise about this issue. You can watch the interview by following this link.

The ACL has long advocated for stricter legislation against sexually explicit content in our public spaces. Last year, ACL launched a national campaign to make ‘outdoor advertising G-rated.’

In April this year, Queensland’s Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie announced a parliamentary committee inquiry into establishing legislation that will regulate outdoor advertising in the same way that children’s television is regulated.

The ACL wrote a submission to the inquiry where it argued that sexualisation is harmful to children, and devalues and objectifies women.