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.


“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.”


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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