Mariella Frostrup: girls, 8, pressured ‘to look sexy’

TV presenter Mariella Frostrup has lamented the way that girls as young as eight are “already trying to look sexy”.

Ms Frostrup, who has an eight-year-old daughter and a six-year-old son, criticised the prevalence of explicit sexual imagery in today’s society.

She said: “One of the saddest things for me is looking at children of my daughter’s generation already trying to look sexy even though they’re only eight or nine years old.

Naked

“When I was young, if we wore a polo neck and a pair of jeans we thought we were cool, but they’re all about short skirts and high heels.”

The 49-year-old added: “The hardest thing for me is going into a newsagent and having to explain to my daughter why there are naked women everywhere on the covers of magazines.

“I mean how do you explain that to an eight-year-old? I try and say, ‘don’t pay attention; focus on doing well at school’ but it’s tricky for parents.”

Encouraged

In June a former editor of a popular lads’ mag admitted his publication encouraged young men to access hard core pornography.

Martin Daubney edited Loaded for eight years and said that he became a “skilled defender of the indefensible” as he took on critics of his publication.

He said becoming a father and turning 40 radically changed the way he looked at things.

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