I’m digressing a little from my usual topics and warning this isn’t for the fainthearted!
I think we have all been shocked recently by media events and what has been going on in schools around Australia with so called “porn rings” or basically sites that rate young girls and facilitate the sharing of intimate photos.
I won’t go into the grizzly details but suffice to say you can read about it if somehow you have managed to avoid it.
My two daughters actually attend one of the schools at which an incident occurred, which is another reason this has struck so close to the bone.
So who do we turn to for leadership to address these issues; the pornification of young relationships, smartphones in young kids hands… gender issues as well as normal teenage curiosity?
Well Maree Crabbe for one who works with schools, focusing on respectful relationships. She has created two outstanding documentaries; one entitled “the porn factor” which aired recently on sbs and an educational resource “its time we talked”.
Our kids’ school is going to implement the above program to help teenagers discern what “real world” relationships actually are and to assist them to navigate the forces that pull (groom) them to act in certain ways as well as developing their own moral compass.
The other is YGAP – who we are proud to call our client and who run the Polished Man campaign.
With Ambassadors like Michael Klim and Chris Judd, this campaign encourages men to paint a fingernail and raise money for organisations working globally to end violence against children. Alarmingly 1 in 5 children globally will suffer physical and/or sexual violence before the age of 18. (This is both male and female children).
“the Polished Man movement is not about pointing the finger. It’s about empowerment. It’s about asking men to unite and lead by example, channeling the collective strength of masculinity to protect society’s most vulnerable citizens and our future leaders.” (YGAP)
Women can get involved too by taking selfies with their favourite polished man and uploading to social media.
Let’s get behind organisations like YGAP and individuals like Maree Crabbe who have actually stuck their necks out and have the audacity and optimism to lead change. I don’t know about you but I’m actually sick of people saying they can’t do anything. We can always do something – even as simple as painting a nail.
So please support this campaign, you can sign up as an individual or work team. It runs October 1- 31.
At Changeable: Sam and I are both proud to be married to polished men…
* BTW I’m putting my money where my mouth is and am going to appear in the 2016 Polished Man commercial….
Well said G. So lovely to hear your voice in this piece. This is such an important issue for our young vulnerable people to navigate this and guidance and role models are crucial.
thanks for your encouragement Timothy and yes very tricky territory for our teenagers to naviagate.