On the cover of the latest issue of American Vogue is a sultry shot of the pop singer Rihanna, posing in a skin-tight, transparent chiffon and lace dress.
Her latest release is called S&M
. Its first verse includes the lines: Feels so good being bad/There's no way I'm turning back/Now the pain is my pleasure. Vogue: It's yet more publicity for the girl from Barbados who, at just 23, has a string of No 1 hits and is currently at
No 5 in the UK charts'
You can hear its catchy refrain being sung by children all over the country right now: Sticks and stones may break my bones but chains and whips excite me.
In the ordinary course of life, young teenagers would have no need whatsoever to know about sadomasochism. But thanks to the increasingly revolting music industry, they are now all too familiar with almost every permutation of the
In case you missed it, grime MC Skepta has a new music video out.
When he tweeted a couple of weeks ago, Today I'm starring in my 1st adult movie, fans probably expected a bit of
raunchiness. But when the video for All Over The House dropped at the weekend, raunchy proved to be an understatement.
Upon clicking the website which explicitly states you have to be over 18 years of age, you
find yourself thrown in front of a full on horrifically explicit pornographic movie. While the porn stars go about their business, Skepta can be seen in various shots, aptly choreographed all over the house, singing the lyrics.
A petition of about 18,500 signatures has been handed to David Cameron calling for an end to marketing of a sexualised nature aimed at children.
The petition was presented to 10 Downing Streetby Rosemary Kempsell, worldwide president of the
Mothers' Union, as well as several MPs.
The petition is part of the Bye Buy Childhood campaign launched last year by the Mothers' Union.
It calls upon the Government to prohibit sexualised media, marketing and products aimed at or easily
accessed by children under 16 years of age.
Kempsell said, We are delighted that the Government has already taken action to tackle the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood through the Bailey Review. We would like to see this Review
make strong recommendations to Government to ensure childhood can remain a precious time free from commercialisation.
Joining Kempsell at Downing Street were MPs Helen Goodman, David Morris, Fiona Bruce and Jim Dobbin.
The Daily Mail has been pampering its blue rinse readers with tales of kids partying and playing grown ups:
A Daily Mail investigation has highlighted a burgeoning beauty industry targeting children of primary school age and
I am disturbed by this trend and I suspect I'm far from being alone, said Reg Bailey, chief executive of the Christian parenting charity the Mothers' Union.
Mail has found that, from Aberdeen to Devon, specialist businesses are offering pamper parties and cosmetic tips previously confined to the adult market. Services also include pedicures, nail painting, moisturising masks, make-up lessons and
stick-on tooth gems .
Tesco is under nutter fire for selling a T-shirt with a logo which critics claim promoted voyeurism .
Women's groups said the shirt - which showed silhouettes of women in the sights of binoculars beneath the slogan Bird Watching - was
objectionable and Tesco's decision to sell it deeply concerning .
This T-shirt is objectionable on so many levels, said Anna van Heeswijk of campaigners Object: It promotes voyeurism, dehumanises females into sex objects
and uses sexist language to refer to women as 'birds'. These messages about women are worrying.
Somali Cerise of the End Violence Against Women coalition, added: It is deeply concerning that a major high-street retailer such as Tesco sells
products that perpetuate the sexualisation of women. Our research shows that sexual harassment of young women is commonplace. Products like these T-shirts create a culture of acceptance and normalisation of sexual harassment.
no offence had been intended. It said: The T-shirt, which was intended as a humorous item of casual wear, was on clearance and is no longer on sale.
In public he rails against immorality as the voice of Christian Britain but in private he is a wife beater, says his former partner. So proclaimed the Daily Mail on Friday night. The allegations about Christian Voice leader
Stephen Green come from his ex-wife, Caroline, and Green rejects them completely, describing them to the Guardian as,
a catalogue of smears and distortions stitched together by a tabloid journalist who specialises
in TV, showbiz, gossip and celebrity features, and which was based solely on comments attributed to my former wife.
Whether they're true is not something a court rather than a newspaper ought to decide, so let's
leave all that to one side. A more important question is why the press gave him a platform for so long, because statements that Green and Christian Voice have made over the years are no less abhorrent than the alleged behaviour they leap to condemn now
Ex-partner exposes Stephen Green of Christian Voice as a wife beater
Whenever I watch him on TV spouting verses from the Bible, or see him quoted in a newspaper, it turns my stomach . I've
decided to tell the truth about him now because the people who support him financially and morally should know what he is really like. (Caroline Green)
In public he rails against immorality as the voice of Christian Britain but in private he is a wife beater, says his former partner
Caroline Green was often punished by her husband Stephen for
failing to be a dutiful, compliant wife, but his final act of violence against her — the one that prompted her long-overdue decision to divorce him — was all the more chilling because it was coldly premeditated.
Stephen Green wrote a list of his wife's failings then described the weapon he would make to beat her with.
He told me he'd make a piece of wood into a sort of witch's broom and hit me with it,
which he did, she recalls, her voice tentative and quiet. He hit me until I bled. I was terrified. I can still remember the pain.
Stephen listed my misdemeanours: I was disrespectful and disobedient; I
wasn't loving or submissive enough and I was undermining him. He also said I wasn't giving him his conjugal rights.
He even framed our marriage vows — he always put particular emphasis on my promise to
obey him — and hung them over our bed. He believed there was no such thing as marital rape and for years I'd been reluctant to have sex with him, but he said it was my duty and was angry if I refused him.
But the beating was the last straw. It convinced me I had to divorce him.
Stephen Green's monstrous and autocratic behaviour would, in any circumstance, be shocking. But the charge of arrant hypocrisy must be added — for while terrorising his wife and their four children, he was
also revelling in his self-appointed public role as guardian of the nation's morality.
Green, 60, is founder and director of Christian Voice, a fundamentalist group he set up in 1994, whose website thunders against the
vices — family breakdown, crime, immorality and drink among them — that are ruining the lives of real people . Green's pronouncements are often outrageous. For example, after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005 and killed
more than 1,600 people, he claimed it was a result of God's wrath and had purified the city.
He routinely inveighs against the abolition of the death penalty, no-fault divorce, Islam, abortion and, his particular bÍte
noir, homosexuality. Violent crime and rape, he laments on his website, have risen dramatically in the past 50 years, while he points out that virtue is derided .
When Caroline, 59, contemplates the disparity
between his public pronouncements and his private persona, she is sickened.
Whenever I watch him on TV spouting verses from the Bible, or see him quoted in a newspaper, it turns my stomach, she says. I've
decided to tell the truth about him now because the people who support him financially and morally should know what he is really like.'