There is no debate
"...The real problem, though, is that no one knows what "sexualisation" is: it is a convenient label used to position the child as always the victim, and then to pile every problem imaginable on top, including paedophilia, body image, sex trafficking and self-esteem. Once that particular juggernaut gets rolling, it is almost impossible to have a sensible debate about what's really going on..."
Laudable sentiments, but we all know there is NO debate. There never will be, as long as the likes of The Rev Jim Gamble (for it is he), Chief Enforcer of this current Moral Panic, continue to enjoy the wholly uncritical favour and patronage of governments and large media corporations. As part of the UK Police Service, organizations like CEOP have been grossly over-empowered, so much so that they can (and do) directly influence judicial process in the formation of new, unnecessary (to all but themselves) laws on 'obscenity' and 'indecency', criminalizing ever-more swathes of citizens in their enthusiasm to bolster the Maleficarum - all this, with scant explanation and practically no verifiable evidence to support their increasingly surreal claims.
We do need a debate. Trouble is, like feckless addicts hopelessly bound to their drug of choice, politicians, police and judiciary just cannot bring themselves to address the glaring iniquities of their approach to issues of 'sexualisation', 'obscenity' and 'indecency', preferring to wallow in the rank injustice of it all, content to consolidate ground gained during the last thirteen years of NuLabour's little social engineering experiment, under which bogus empires and grand edifices have been carefully built within the emergent child protection industry, at great expense to the public purse - allied in their dedication to ratcheting up the fear, suspicion and distrust between adults and children, their hatred of the online world, their fear of sexuality in all its many forms and their utter determination to stamp out anything - including some forms of consensual sex between adults - they sanction 'deviant'.
And how they must love their paedomonsters - if ever their was a profit to be made from soft-shoe moralising and snake-oil justice, they found their golden goose in the moral panic they helped to create around these particular sexual deviants. Inviting society to throw away it's veneer of intellectual maturity, it remains the purview of Police in particular to subtly encourage the idiot Mob mentality that always seems to follow this subject around. Society needs it's monsters under the bed. Terrorists. Paedomonsters. Governments love 'em. Police love 'em.
There will be no no debate. Not now. Not ever. And if you try, if you express ideas and concepts contrary to the Maleficarum they will come for you, charging you with incitement (or worse) for promoting 'wrong thought'. It is a fancy to imagine anyone - even those touting academic credentials of any kind - can openly conduct any sort of serious, open-minded debate on these issues. And it's a dangerous one, at that.