April 5, 2007
Wardrobe malfunction? Teach our kids proper values
I REFER to the letter, 'Models exposed too much, by design or otherwise' (ST, April 3), by Ms Wong Kam Fong.
I disagree with the writer's view and her suggestion of regulating fashion shows. If so, we will also have to regulate shows like music concerts, telling the superstar singers and dancers to be discreet with their clothing.
We have to restrict Jolin Tsai from revealing her cleavage, Alex To from taking off his top and Madonna from wearing her undergarments on stage because these shows have also a large number of children watching.
No, I am not suggesting that we should encourage indecency on public shows. I think the key is on education. We should teach our kids to be able to receive information of all kinds, analyse them and learn from it.
We should teach our kids to be able to identify the good and bad information, put them to good use in their life.
Yes, all these can be done through parents teaching their kids proper Values. Shutting out such information from our kids through regulations is not going to help - we are not teaching them how to face the real world, instead, running away from it.
Our kids will grow up not being able to face reality but run away from it. Our kids should be able to look at the exposed breast of the model and say 'Oops! Okay, if I am the designer or the workers backstage in future, I will make sure this blunder does not happen and put the model in such an awkward situation'.
Our Government has so far done a lot in this aspect and constantly reviews its regulations to meet the standards of the ever changing world.
Even with such stringent regulations on our land, we still have problems with our kids. We have a nine-year-old child getting pregnant, teens having multiple sex partners and teens who think there is nothing wrong having pre-marital sex and no qualm filming themselves doing it.
We can stop pornographic materials on our land, we can stop Crazy Horse from advertising but we can't stop the Internet world from having pornographic materials, we can't stop the people on the streets from wearing revealing clothing, we can't stop accidents happening on fashion shows, showing off the wrong things.
Go to the news-stands and you will see that almost every issue of fashion, entertainment, women's and even car magazines have models in bikinis, lingerie or clothing that reveals lots of cleavage or legs on the cover.
Yes, Ms Wong has a valid concern. But I think the way to deal with it is to educate our kids with proper values and face it with the right attitude and not regulating and avoiding it.
Parents and schools play an equally important part in teaching our kids correct values of life and shaping their character to meet the challenges of the world.
Lim Soo Huat