Kellie from Hi-5 did a photo shoot with Ralph magazine and family groups are in an uproar. That’s the essence of the news headlines sensationalised on Today Tonight and A Current Affair this evening. Kellie says she’s trying to change her image. The Women’s Forum Australia say it’s a bad example to little girls who look up to Kellie. I don’t condone porn, soft or otherwise, but I have to wonder what all the fuss is about.
Firstly, surely there are two completely different audiences being targeted. After all, you could make the argument that the little girls who love Hi-5 should never be in a position to even clap eyes on a Ralph magazine. Hopefully their fathers don’t leave them lying around the house in conspicuous places. So in one way, it shouldn’t matter what else Kellie is doing, because the little girls won’t know about it. I think that may work to a certain degree, but there’s an ethical issue at stake as well.
If, by some chance, a little girl does manage to see Kellie on the cover of Ralph, the argument is that this sends her the wrong message – that this soft porn image is something to aspire to, that her body needs to be equally objectified in order for her to be attractive, that sexy is good, even at such a young age. It’s a travesty that any young girl would be fed such a message. But jumping on Kellie is merely scapegoating.
This is an issue with our over-sexualised society at large. The information about what they should look like is fed to little girls (and older ones) by any woman who is objectified in media, whether she be a former member of Hi-5 or not. So until we’re willing ditch our hypocrisy and protect our children by fighting porn in all its forms, I think it’s time to give Kellie a break and start looking a little bit closer to home.
Tamie Davis is an Aussie living in Tanzania, writing at meetjesusatuni.com.