|I dont think anyone is pushing anything, kids are just dealing with things at an earlier age now, and thats just reality.
I respectfully disagree. I am only 12 years older than today's 10-year-olds, but nothing has changed that I can see. My boyfriend is 39, and he had almost the same experience as I did.
In 1990 and in 1974, kids were pairing off and had girlfriends and boyfriends in kindergarten and 1st grade. I had my first 'boyfriend' in kindergarten. We kissed and held hands.
DBF had his first sexual experience at age 11 (where the girl was the aggressor, and he was scared). His peers were experimenting with sex, drugs, drinking by 7th or 8th grade. Same as my generation. I didn't participate in any of it, but I remember what was going on.
There were trends, and beauty ideals, and inappropriate famous role models (lots of those in the late 70s/early 80s when DBF was a pree-teen) and revealing clothing fashions that appalled parents..
I really don't think all that much has changed with actual kids in the last 10, 20, 30 years. What has changed are our perceptions, and media attention. I don't think there are many more pedophiles now, for instance, then there were then. There's just a hysteria/hyper-awareness about them now, and more ways to catch them.