I write in response to your recent ill-judged and poorly presented item (I hesitate to call it an ‘article,’ as it is hardly worthy of the term) in this month’s edition of the Hernhill News, in which you take a very brief and alarmingly glib look at the controversial topic of the over-sexualisation of children’s clothes.
Aside from considerations of whether such a matter is suitable for inclusion in a village newsletter, when there seems to be no sense that the matter has arisen out of a local need to be addressed, it seems odd that you should address so sensitive an issue in such a glib fashion. You present no facts to back up your points, which are presented in a trite manner that seems to have no clear argument or purpose to it. Your rosy-tinted recollections of school-playground antics aren’t, let’s be honest, sufficient to justify whatever point it is you feel you are making.
In a rare moment of literary clarity, you say later on that ‘It could be that some adults have the problem.’ As you haven’t hitherto stated what the problem is, it is unclear what ‘problem’ you are considering. Perhaps you mean that it is to do with the adult fetishisation of children, and clothing which could be considered inappropriate for a child to wear given its adult overtones, or overtly provocative connotations. In which case, you are hovering on the brink of starting to address a serious issue: but you don’t do so.
Your item came up in conversation amongst a group of us over this holiday weekend, including some senior village representatives – I won’t say whom, in order to spare their blushes. And yours. There was universal condemnation of your item, and a very apparent feeling that the village newsletter, more often than not, serves as an organ for the promulgation of your personal views in such opinion pieces, rather than being a useful tool to address village matters.
You have, of course, every right to share your opinions – but not, perhaps, in the Hernhill News. Other, relevant information might occupy the space for which you write your fillers – tide times for those wanting to go to the beach; opening times and events at Mount Ephraim; and so forth. Please, in future, refrain from using the newsletter as a means of propagating your views on whatever vacuous notion has taken your literary fancy, and allow it to have a real purpose and relevancy to the residents of Hernhill. And certainly not to touch so vacuously on a topic which has very real, wider social issues.
We hope you had a good Bank Holiday weekend.