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After what singer and activist Annie Lennox called a “recent spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos”, she would like to see ratings attached to videos because she feels some have slipped into the realm of pornography.

On her Facebook page she wrote, “There is absolutely nothing ‘wrong’ about our sexuality or sensuality per se – But if a performing artist has an audience of impressionable young fans and they want to present a soft porn video or highly sexualised live performance, then it needs to qualify as such and be X rated for adults only.” However else do you stop your kids being exposed to it?

Lennox says she’s not opposed to freedom of expression or pushing boundaries, which she has been known to do herself on occasion, but the entertainment industry exists to make money and therefore cannot be relied upon to make and self-enforce age-appropriate boundaries.

“Is it appropriate for seven-year-olds to be thrusting their pelvises like pole dancers?” asks Lennox. “I really don’t think so. Boundaries need to be put in place so that young kids aren’t barraged by market forces exploiting the ‘normalisation’ of explicit sex in under age entertainment.”

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