The two teenagers had been reading aloud from It’s All About the Sex Face: A Guide to Becoming a Celebrity, a no holds barred manual offering tips on how to achieve instant fame by producing a sex video.Jon Brown, head of sexual abuse at the NSPCC, said: “It is really important to talk to your children about the risks that are out there either online or offline, in an age-appropriate way and without frightening them.Areas with the most positive attitudes towards gays and lesbians include affluent Liberal seats in Melbourne and Sydney such as Kooyong and Higgins but electorates with the most negative attitudes towards homosexuality include Liberal and Nationals strongholds in country areas and some traditional working-class Labor electorates in outer suburbs. For sure, people who say it are not necessarily attacking anyone, it’s just a throwaway remark, but when you analyse it, the implication is that anything gay is second rate. On the other hand, I am heartened that this is now an issue.
The story was also picked up by Seattle based blog Slog which said that America had not cornered the market for Christian bigots. Schools will be encouraged to set up alliances of ''gay/straight'' students, and teachers will be trained in how to deal with homophobia, with networks set up and resources shared between the coalition members.
For its part, the school has maintained that it has nothing to do with her sexuality, it’s all about the date’s age. Commentator John Birmingham says it’s hard to believe they're being completely honest. But then, the importance of this case goes way beyond what happens at school.
“Book retailers on or offline have a responsibility not to sell over 18 material to children and young people under 18.” Melissa Crighton, who found her daughter reading the “inappropriate” guide to becoming a celebrity, called on publishers to give books special adult ratings in an attempt to protect children.
The 45-year-old web designer from West Hampstead, north London, said: “They were reading out the steps in the book about how to make a sex tape, how to produce it, how to get a co-star and how to leak it.
That, combined with the fact that his daughter stood up to the school, suggests that the ground might be shifting. But if you look at the government’s response on same sex marriages, and the attitude of the school, you would have to say that old bigotries don’t just disappear.
Still, the attention this story attracted signals that gay issues might now be mainstream. “I think for kids a novel on a Kindle seems more like an app, something you can quickly download,” she said.“It’s more accessible than going into a shop, so it’s more difficult to monitor what children are reading.The 32-year-old hunk plays Christian Grey in the erotic film – based on the book by E. James – which sees the wealthy entrepreneur take student Anastasia Steel, played by Dakota Johnson, on a voyage of sexual discovery. Gushing about his brilliant wife during an interview he admitted that he’s been lucky that she is so understanding.‘A lot of people would have had a sh*t fit at 30-something weeks pregnant hearing, “Darling, we’re going to Vancouver this week for four months – we’re going to have a Canadian baby and I’m going to do a film where, for parts of it, I will be naked.” ‘That’s a tough pitch, but my wife is an incredible person.’ Thank goodness for that Jamie. It's not about a power struggle with an unusually mature and strong-willed 16-year-old who is, let's remember, Completely In The Right. It's about having a dinner dance where we can set the table in a boy-girl-boy-girl-boy-girl arrangement. You don't get to pretend you're a modern, sophisticated and nurturing educational institution at the same time as you're discriminating against your gay students.”Teacher Michael Stuchbery says he can see Ivanhoe Girls Grammar is coming from, well, almost.