The Lowest Bar Possible

Today my household cancelled its Netflix subscription. They are promoting a French film “Cuties,” apparently, a movie about the dangers of oversexualizing children.  The movie isn’t the problem. Netflix, however, chose to promote it in ways that grossly oversexualize children (and by children, I’m talking eleven year olds). When called on this by customers on twitter, email, and elsewhere, they doubled down, refusing to condemn pedophilia, refusing to condemn the hyper-sexualization of children, and saying only that they “respect all religions and cultures.” Bullshit, Netflix. Bullshit. Child abuse isn’t culture.

In addition to the over-sexualization of children, they also advertised this movie as one in which the heroic child “defies her family’s traditions” (not something I find admirable. In this case, it’s clear that Netflix meant defying religious protocols and morality). Maybe they meant the tradition of not prostituting their kids. The movie itself is condemning exactly this type of thing. It’s the story of a young Senegalese girl age eleven who finds something she likes (hip hop) and then sinks further and further into inappropriate, sexualized behavior when she starts getting online attention for this, and pimping herself out on social media. It’s intended to expose the societal dangers inherent in such over-sexualization of kids and inherent in unsupervised social media access. Thanks to Netflix’s marketing strategy the movie is now under fire, and there are calls for boycotts. Don’t boycott the movie. Boycott Netflix.

This type of thing matters. The media we expose ourselves to matters. It conditions our behavior. It slowly shifts our moral center. It influences what we consider appropriate and acceptable even when we don’t realize it. It inures us to things that should be considered, at best, inappropriate.

A friend told me today that in “Pagan” circles, he was routinely called “reactionary” for insisting that where sex was concerned, “consenting” and “adult” were non-negotiable.  He recounted an incident on facebook wherein someone posted a meme, showing a disgusted kid staring at a naked guy in a cowboy hat. The overwhelming response from “Pagans?” They didn’t understand why a child shouldn’t be exposed to nudity. “It’s non-sexual after all,” was repeated again and again.  What they were really saying, as my friend so eloquently articulated was this: “Why should a ten-year-old be disgusted when I give him an uninvited view of my dick?” Well, right thinking people consider this borderline sexual abuse of a child. THIS right here is precisely the type of degeneracy – there is no other word that I can find that is quite so appropriate as this—that fills so much of the “Pagan” community, and it’s precisely the reason so many Polytheists eschew them.

It’s a really, really low bar, people: don’t fuck children. Apparently, it’s a bit too high for some.

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on August 20, 2020, in community, Lived Polytheism, Misc., Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Inexcusable, but sadly unsurprising to me. I’m no prude but I think we’ve gone waaaaaaaaaay to far in the other direction overreacting to the very real and bad christian stigma and repression surrounding sex. There has to be a healthy middle where relationships besides “the nuclear family” are respected and have a role to play in society, and the culmination of an increasingly ahedonic descent into outright insanity and death things like this represent. Wacky that some of the woke crowd is defending this shit too. Sadly, I don’t think there’s going to be such dialog about sexuality, or a turn around for our civilization, most people just don’t care and will accept whatever snarky news-parody funny man says is “moral”. It really freaks me out that the tin foil hat people have been proven mostly right about the whole “politicians are pedos and the media is trying normalize that” thing. The world’s been getting stranger to the point the news barely feels “real” or plausible anymore. I feel it’s going to get even more so soon.

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  2. So Netflix took a movie saying oversexualizing children is bad and spun it to be “the story of a heroic girl defying her ignorant family”. I’m glad people are speaking out against this. I’m willing to say not every instance of nudity is sexual in nature (we all shower naked for example) but it is at minimum very poor taste to walk around naked where children might see you. And how in the FUCK is someone reactionary for saying “consenting adults” is non-negotiable? That should be basic common sense!

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  3. What’s just as LOW is forced gender transition of children, especially those under the age of 10! Now as someone Genderfluid, I am all for people getting treatments and surgeries to change their gender…as long as they are CONSENTING ADULTS

    Case in point involves a biological boy from Texas, James Young. His Mother INSISTS that James is a Transgendered Girl named Luna (HINT: James is NOT Trans). The Father says that James wants to be a Boy. In a court decision handed down by a Texas Judge named Mary Brown, James’ Mother has Full Custody of the boy, and full medical decision making power over the child, while the Father is under a Gag order not to talk about the case in public, and is forced to pay for the transition counciling even though he has no power to participate in the chosing of the medical provider or counciler to the tune of $5,000 a Month.The mother is known to lock James in the closet and tell him “Monsters eat little boys”, withdraw affection if he didn’t act like a girl, and had him put on PUBERTY BLOCKERS at eight and nine. All of this…even though ANOTHER JUDGE ruled EARLIER that James can CHOOSE his own gender and James chose to remain a boy.

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  4. I was disgusted at the attack on tradition too. As an ex-Muslim, I know too well the problems of Islam, but many Muslims have a high moral standard and a strong sense of right and wrong. Twerking 11 year olds would be frowned upon,as they should be by anyone with a sense of decency. Likewise in the trailer for the film, they glorify the Muslim girl stealing money, which disgusted me.

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    • that bit about the girl stealing money from her mom was really hard to watch in the trailer…that woman is busting her ass to put food on the table and take care of her family and who knows how hard she had to work to put a little away and the kid steals it to by trashy clothing for her “friends”…and this is held up as a positive role model? no fucking way.

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  5. My husband had a WHOOOOOOOOOLE different response to this Cuties thing.

    What if it’s an FBI sting operation? “Let’s see who actually watches this movie; this can be an indicator for who we need to monitor in the future.”

    But he’s a ferociously paranoid suspicious bastard anyway.

    Just a passing note.

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  6. I’m sick of being told I’m “kink shaming” when I speak out against stuff like this.

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