In England circulates a petition launched by university girls to abolish the use of lingerie that looks like schoolgirl clothes in the sex industry. One of the goals: to make the streets safer for young people in uniform. A question that also concerns the interested parties here.
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Sarah Maile, a teacher and representative of the movement, is determined that the issue reaches the ears of the government and make society think. “What’s heartbreaking is that we have 14-, 15-, 16- and 17-year-old girls saying to their government, ‘Can you stop our society from sexualizing our school uniform?’ sums up the one we joined in England.
“Our young people don’t feel safe in their movements because we have trivialized the sexualization of this costume, and that’s where I find it problematic,” explains Cathie Gaudreault, a sexologist and worker at Regina Assumpta College.
“Many young people choose to take off their skirt to take public transport. Many shorten it at school, for a matter of look, to assume, to have confidence. But once outside, they undo the turns of the skirt to have it as long as possible”, he points out.
“We agree that it is socially unacceptable to eroticize a child, but that is what happens when we eroticize the image of the schoolgirl,” acknowledges Véronique Jodoin, sexologist, educator and psychotherapist.
This schoolgirl fantasy has been transmitted in our society for a long time, and among the young women who walk the streets, there are some who will feel watched, or hypersexualized, by their uniform.
Véronique Jodoin, educational sexologist and psychotherapist
Cathie Gaudreault no longer counts the number of examples of aggressive comments, indecent proposals and inappropriate gestures in relation to wearing a schoolgirl skirt that have been entrusted to her. “Yes, there is touching, even hands on the thighs, under the skirt, in the middle of the subway, in the middle of the bus,” denounces the sexologist who works every day with young people in uniform.
“How can we live in situations where our society seems to tolerate these behaviors? », indignant Sarah Maile.
Between consenting adults
Fetishes are varied and valid, explains Véronique Amato, manager of the erotic store 50 shades for seven years. “In this type of wardrobe, if we talk about classics, it is the nurse, the schoolgirl, the cleaning lady [qui se démarquent]. But the schoolgirl always wins; in all ages, all sizes and all shapes. However, the sale of this type of lingerie is still a minimal part of their turnover.
This is also the case for Céline Roussel, co-owner of the erotic shop franchise La Clé du Plaisir, which also sells about ten a year. Therefore, I would not see any problem in removing these types of products from your shelves if requested.
Véronique Amato maintains, however, that the universe of fetishism is “broad and vast”. So a person can be sexually aroused in a sexy schoolgirl costume without being attracted to younger ones. Thus, she compares the different sexual role plays, noting that all parties are of legal age and consensual.
A past trend?
“We believe [les scénarios qui mettent de l’avant ce type de costume] they are less fashionable now, but it was something that was fashionable a few years ago, a bit like babysitters,” says Nicola Lafleur, owner of the Quebec-based pornographic film production company Productions Pegas, who would not mind eliminating the practice.
“In the erotic imagination, there is something exciting about the forbidden. If we look at porn, which has come a long way since the 1970s, more and more, we will eroticize scenarios like that that are socially unacceptable. For example, a mother-in-law and her son-in-law or a father and her daughter, ”says sexologist Véronique Jodoin. “And there is nothing wrong with using scenarios in our heads as long as they remain fictional and we understand the difference,” adds she, who also works with students at the Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes school.
However, according to Cathie Gaudreault, the parallel between sexualization and adolescence remains dubious.
We must distinguish between sexuality, fantasies, fetishes. Everything is possible. We know this well, sexualities are all the same, but when it comes to compromising our integrity as a child or adolescent, I find it questionable.
Cathie Gaudreault, sexologist and worker at Regina Assumpta College
Sarah Maile reiterates this discomfort: “After all, without disrespecting nurses, firefighters or nuns, the school uniform stands out as a child’s costume and, therefore, I do not see the sexualization of children as a fetish. The sexualization of children is not acceptable. »
METERme Gaudreault hopes that society will take the time to question and review its positions, even going so far as to “clean” the offer of Halloween costumes with sexual connotations. “I know many students who would be happy to start a petition like the one in England to stop this kind of use of the schoolgirl image; so that they have the right to be schoolgirls without being sexy schoolgirls. »