OPINION: Leave the time to have 'the talk' up to the parents

COMMENT BY NATASHA CHRISTIAN: I HAD my first "old prude" moment at 24-years-old earlier this week.

I was standing in the middle of a crowd at the Katy Perry concert in Brisbane after scoring a free ticket earlier that day.

From the moment I arrived I realised I was outnumbered by kids - really young kids. Sure the crowd was mostly under 18, but I'd take a rough guess that a large majority were under 12.

Ms Perry didn't come on stage until about 9pm, which had me questioning how late these kids would get to bed, but that wasn't what bothered me.

It was the support act Tove Lo.

Plenty of pop stars sing about sex in their songs and have sexual references in their videos, but they're mostly vague enough to go over kids' heads.

Katy Perry in a scene from her 3D movie Katy Perry: Part of Me.
Katy Perry in a scene from her 3D movie Katy Perry: Part of Me. Contributed - Kate Turning, Image.net

 

While the Swedish singer looked and sounded fantastic, I squirmed when she introduced a song as "a song about sex," and told the parents of the audience if they hadn't had "the talk" yet, they'd have some explaining to do.

I felt sorry for the parents in the audience who were guilted into having "the talk" if they weren't ready.

It might be incredibly naive, but I love to think most of the lyrics in songs about sex go over kids heads until they're at an OK age to understand it.

I know when I was a kid idolizing the Backstreet Boys, I had no idea what they were talking about in their songs, I just liked their "cool" video clips and rad '90s haircuts.

When it comes to Katy Perry I think her appeal to kids is mostly the colourful outfits and cartoon-eqsue persona. She's a pop-star and her image is a huge part of the package.

While she has plenty of sexualized lyrics ("I wanna see your peacock" and "let me get you in your birthday suit") they are delivered mostly in a vague way that go over kids heads.

The parents can laugh along at the cheeky sexual puns and the kids are left none the wiser.

I felt Tove Lo should've been more aware of the audience she was entertaining on Monday night.

Sure, sing about sex and how much you love it, but leave it to the adults in your audience to read between the lines and spare the kids the finer details so they can be kids for a while longer.

Call me a prude but I don't think parents should be pressured into talking about sex until they're ready.



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