Norwegian writes porn book for children

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“It’s bound to spark reaction,” commented one reviewer of a new children’s book by radical author Gro Dahle. She’s tackled uncomfortable subjects before, like family violence, child neglect and incest. Now she’s writing about porn for children, complete with illustrations by her own daughter, Kaia Dahle Nyhus.

It the first time pornography is a theme in a children’s book in Norway, entitled Sesam, sesam. “I hope some readers will view the openness as liberating,” wrote reviewer Morten Olsen Haugen in newspaper Aftenposten. He’s concerned nonetheless about whether it’s a good idea to normalize porn.

Dahle responds that it’s at least common, and studies have shown how children are increasingly exposed to, and even seek out, porn on the Internet. She claims it’s “not dangerous at all,” although it can paint a strange picture about sex.

The main character in her book, Al, lives with his mother and older brother. The boys share a computer and one day Al gains access to a screen full of what his brother had just closed. The photos are overwhelming. He’s ashamed, then angry, when his mother finds him gawking at the computer. “Maybe you thought that’s what lovers do?” his mother asks. “It’s not true. What you just saw is acting for adults.”

Dahle and her daughter contend the widespread availability of porn means it’s a subject that must be tackled, whether uncomfortable or not. News bureau NTB, meanwhile, reported on another book released this week for children that’s not as likely to spark much reaction: Bibelfortellinger for barn (Bible Stories for Children).

newsinenglish.no staff

  • John Palmer

    Dahle is right. Porn is more and more available. A friend’s daughter stumbled on it; on the internet, of course. Best to talk about it openly. I’m not advocating it for children. But it does no good to play Ostrich and hide one’s head. As an atheist/Buddhist, I’m not fond of Bible Stories for Children. I’d prefer good fairy tales for children.