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Guttenberg slams 'porn chic' of female pop stars

The Local · 14 Sep 2010, 11:43

Published: 14 Sep 2010 11:43 GMT+02:00

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“When I see nine-year-old girls are already watching Top Model-style shows on television or excitedly discussing the new video clip from Lady Gaga - with black leather corset, suspenders and naked bottom cheeks – then I am really worried about the female role models these children are growing up with,” she wrote in an article for daily Bild to promote her new book on preventing child abuse.

Last week, the 33-year-old the great-great-granddaughter of Germany's Chancellor Otto von Bismarck released, Schaut nicht weg!: was wir gegen sexuellen Missbrauch im Internet tun müssen, or “Don’t look away!: What we must do to prevent sexual abuse online.”

She is also the German chapter president of the international organisation Innocence in Danger, which aims to bring public attention to child victims of sexual abuse and human trafficking.

Guttenberg told Bild, which has naked pictures of women on its front page each day, that the power of sexualised pop culture images over children is underestimated. She said she doubted elementary school girls could understand that “the excessively sexualised physicality of their big idols Heidi Klum and Lady Gaga have nothing to do with them.”

She also said that she feared that such images would lead her two daughters to believe their only worth lies in their sexuality.

“Cultural experts call the look of the noughties ‘porno chic’ – and artists like Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna or Britney Spears actually do sometimes appear in their videos or performances as characters in such films,” she wrote.

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Other major concerns about child sexuality include open access to pornography online, she wrote, citing experts who say exposure to this material creates great uncertainty about individual boundaries for young people.


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13:16 September 14, 2010 by William Thirteen
'she wrote in an article for daily Bild to promote her new book'

love the new style of encouraging moral panics to boost book sales...
13:49 September 14, 2010 by adipk
May be some of us would say its secularism, we are not allowed to say any thing about role models of society like lady gaga etc. But for GOD sake please think for one minute, is it good for new generation. i mean little girls in the age of 7 or 8 starting behaving like them. So strange. Above comment is totally right , that they are porno stars but in civilized world. May be human being was better in stone age.

yaa, some of us would say that if you don't like than don't watch. Its true i don't like and i don't watch, but how we realize this to children?
14:01 September 14, 2010 by chimpansi
she really has a point... good that she is saying it..
14:02 September 14, 2010 by furious_angel
and what about the photos of naked women in newspapers here in Germany? Nobody thinks that children can watch porn in newspapers. Young children should not be exposed to such material (in newspapers, music videos or the internet) but as adipk said, its not possible to control what children watch in this era. they have access to everything and its difficult to control what they watch or to explain to them y they shouldnt watch certain things.
14:18 September 14, 2010 by Portnoy
You people (though I suspect you're all one person) are as loony as Ms. Guttenberg. How do we protect the kids? You don't. Us parents do. Kids don't know what sexuality is or what lady gaga means. They just like the music. Please. Nudity isn't dangerous.
15:13 September 14, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Notably, in the photograph atop this stupid article, Frau Guttenberg is not exactly dressed like a nun. If she were showing any more cleavage she would have to ban herself.

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Steward once observed: "I can't define pornography, but I know it when I see it." What is pornographic to me is the populist moralistic pandering engaged in by attention whores who are married to slimeball politicians simply to generate some publicity for themselves. And somehow it's always for the kiddies. Dimwits like Frau Guttenberg are the ones who are truly exploiting children by using them as an excuse to shove their own moralistic agendas down everyone else's throat. Frau Guttenberg has the potential to be attractive if she learns to keep her mouth shut and her inane clichéd opinions to herself.
15:34 September 14, 2010 by elboertjie
First stop the showing of violence and blood on television and news broadcasts. Showing bloated bodies floating on water or head running out of people's heads are not encouring for a sensitive society; it only makes people more numb to such things and thus indirectly easier to commit or let it pass through unnoticed.

Showing naked women in newspapers is okay, as this is the beauty of the body; showing people in pornographic behaviour is where the issue is, the act.

I am glad that naked/topless women are not hidden and that people become blazé about the human body and accept it as natural. This way, it does not become an obsession.

If you wish for something to become more popular, you ban it, otherwise let it be.
17:24 September 14, 2010 by Henckel
@elbortjie: It was indeed an obsession during the Second Reich (1871-1918), eventually resulting in the scandals involving prominent military and political figues in 1907-08 and, later, the unrestrained culture of the Weimar Republic.
17:33 September 14, 2010 by Avidror
Frau Guttenberg is really attractive.

17:53 September 14, 2010 by canadianinberlin
@elbortjie I get your point, I agree with most of the stuff you write but: "Showing naked women in newspapers is okay" [...] "I am glad that naked/topless women are not hidden". I smell a double standard here. Without looking at your profile I'll bet you're a man.
19:14 September 14, 2010 by adipk
People above are also on point. I am not taking side of German news paper. In my above post i used word the actors , singer like xxxxxxxx etc.

But guys these women are some how role model or most attractive in our youth. please look what they are teaching to our youth.

In newspaper most of the time they market their prostitution business. Though they also affect the children mind but less dangerous than our stars.

Finally its true that we have double standard.
19:15 September 14, 2010 by Prufrock2010
"Frau Guttenberg is really attractive."

...until she opens her mouth.
20:19 September 14, 2010 by furious_angel
true, the impact of music and movies is much more than newspaper images.
21:05 September 14, 2010 by kickinit
I totally agree with Stephanie. Being born in the US and having played music for more than 40 years, it is no longer about musical or lyrical creativity. Today it's all about shallow and often nonsensical shock lyrics and over the top sexy looks, as evidenced by even Stephanie's low cut (read: excessive clevage exposing) flaming red dress.
08:10 September 15, 2010 by MaKo
Seconds Prufrock (again) - Frau Guttenburg has certainly selected the right outfit to promote her cause... in the Bild Zeitung!
08:30 September 15, 2010 by proclusian
I find the rate at which I agree with @Prufrock2010 is rising steadily. Amazing.

Frau "von u. zu" Guttenburg: The German Tipper Gore?

11:41 September 15, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Damned by faint praise.

When people start agreeing with me I suspect it's time to reexamine my positions.

Incidentally, is it just me or is anyone else experiencing difficulties with this website loading lately? It seems to stall consistently when navigating from one article to another.
12:45 September 15, 2010 by AirForceGuy
Prufrock, I'm not having any difficulties with my downloads today, I think somebody is out to get you....
12:51 September 15, 2010 by Prufrock2010
That may be true. At least it would justify my paranoia. Maybe it's another nefarious Google plot...
05:15 September 16, 2010 by proclusian
@Prufrock: 'lolz'

No problems loading over here...there is definitely someone out to get you.
10:48 September 16, 2010 by Prufrock2010
They'll never get me.
01:46 September 17, 2010 by vonSchwerin
I take it that Guttenberg has never been to an American Apparel store. Their while aesthetic is based on 1970s porn star chic.
04:45 September 17, 2010 by proclusian
God yes, vonSchwerin, it's true. I've got nothing against the 70's and porn chic, but I can't wait for Am Appy to go under, which I've heard is going to happen soon. Can't stand that place.
07:10 September 17, 2010 by auniquecorn
¦quot;When I see nine-year-old girls are already watching Top Model-style shows on television or excitedly discussing the new video clip from Lady Gaga .....

She also said that she feared that such images would lead her two daughters to believe their only worth lies in their sexuality.

In my house, I control what my daughter watches, I don´t mind her listening to Lady GaGa, But I sure won´t let her sit in front of the TV and watch MTV.

She also said that she feared that such images would lead her two daughters to believe their only worth lies in their sexuality.

and the way that slut above is dressed? She´s the one that is setting a bad example for her daughters.
00:19 September 18, 2010 by Avidror
I guess I know why frau zu Guttenberg seems to be afraid of widespread sexuality. Have you tried to find Stephanie's photos on the Internet? This is just one example.

02:16 September 18, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Yeah, Photoshop is amazing, isn't it?
15:25 September 18, 2010 by Icarusty
It's called freedom of speech and freedom of expression. Don't want your kids to become sexualised? Then you're as bad as strict religionists who force their kids into a life of "purity"
15:59 September 18, 2010 by Bruno53
I find this idiot of "Lady Gaga" boring and stupid. Not my type of woman. And parents should have a control in what kids see.
17:36 September 18, 2010 by Avidror
@ Prufrock2010

Yes, it is. And in this case, it has been used in a very offensive way.
09:53 September 19, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Avidror --

I agree.
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