NEWS­PA­PER MUST KEEP IT CLEAN

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

THE Sun­day Tas­ma­nian’s en­deav­our to en­cour­age peo­ple to be bolder dur­ing 2019 through its liftout of Body and Soul (Jan­uary 6) has taken the pub­li­ca­tion to a level that brings into ques­tions its moral re­spon­si­bil­ity as a con­veyor of in­for­ma­tion and knowl­edge to the gen­eral pop­u­lace.

Pro­mot­ing and en­cour­ag­ing raunchy sex and porn (“Be bold in the bed­room”) should be con­demned when the Sun­day

Tas­ma­nian is a fam­ily news­pa­per and has the po­ten­tial to be seen and read by mi­nors, and when this type of sex­ual be­hav­iour has the po­ten­tial to trip up trou­bled minds.

Sex­ual is­sues are of­ten at the heart of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is­sues. And if Tas­ma­nia is to be the smart state in lead­ing the way in ad­dress­ing the scourge of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence na­tion­ally, it needs to start by ad­dress­ing ma­te­rial that fix­ates on sex­ual plea­sur­ing (as per Body and Soul), which all too of­ten dis­ad­van­tages fe­males and gives trou­bled males the wrong mes­sage.

The Sun­day Tas­ma­nian needs to teach the truth of body and soul well­be­ing from a spir­i­tual per­spec­tive, that fo­cuses on whole­some, lov­ing, sup­port­ive re­la­tion­ships that con­trib­ute to the men­tal and emo­tional well­be­ing of in­di­vid­u­als, who in turn then have the abil­ity to build strong, lov­ing, united fam­i­lies. This is what will help end do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, sub­stance abuse, and many of the tragic sui­cides that frag­ment the lives of those left be­hind. Sue Car­lyon Kingston

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