Anyway I wrote on the subject for New Matilda:
It's Time To Let Kids Be Adults
As did visiting British journalist, libertarian and two-legged mouth Brendan O'Neill, in even more strident and convincing mien:
Well done pageant-haters
That O'Neill piece is filled with gorgeous lines and gentle wisdom, but probably my favourite bit is this:
"These children are absolutely being put in harm's way", declared child psychotherapist Collet Smart, who somehow, by osmosis maybe, seems to know better than parents themselves what is good for their children.
Yes indeed. How the HELL does this child psychotherapist claim to have any IDEA what's good for children? What on EARTH would a child psychotherapist know about children's welfare? Why in GOD'S NAME would you ever go to a child psychotherapist for advice about children? I mean, what sort of QUALIFICATIONS does a child psychotherapist have in this area? Shouldn't a child psychotherapist stick to her area of EXPERTISE, rather than shooting her MOUTH off about things she is NOT TRAINED to express an opinion on, such as children?
Child psychotherapists - the true enemy.