Broadcaster Yumi Stynes has revealed her eight-year-old daughter ‘flicked’ through her controversial Welcome to Sex children’s book and was not ‘grossed out’ by its graphic content.
The book, written by Stynes with teen magazine advice columnist Dr Melissa Kang, features descriptions and illustrations of masturbation, oral sex, ‘scissoring’ and other acts.
Stynes has previously said Welcome to Sex was aimed at 10 to 15-year-olds but caused further backlash by suggesting a ‘mature eight-year-old’ could browse through the book.
In an interview published on Sunday the radio host said her eight-year-old daughter had skimmed the pages of Welcome to Sex during a trip to the beach.
Broadcaster Yumi Stynes has revealed her eight-year-old daughter ‘flicked’ through a her controversial Welcome to Sex children’s book and was not ‘grossed out’ by its graphic content
‘This is something I’ve hesitated to mention,’ she told commentator Peter FitzSimons in his Sun-Herald column Five Minutes With Fitz.
‘I haven’t said it to anyone else because I don’t want to drag my own kid into the cookers’ bull***t.
‘But I took the book to the beach, and my own eight-year-old had a flick through, and I watched her. She was not grossed out, she was not trying to decipher things that were way above her pay grade.
‘She just flicked over them.’
Stynes said the storm about Welcome to Sex began ‘among the cookers on the net’ then was picked up by Ben Fordham on his 2GB radio program, ‘which saw the outrage go mainstream’.
‘I stand by what I said, which was, “It depends where your kid is at in maturity,’ Stynes told FitzSimons. ‘Roughly 10 to 15 years old but I’d be happy with a mature and smart eight-year-old having a flick through.’
The derogatory term ‘cooker’ generally refers to a conspiracy theorist who shares far-right or unhinged views on social media and can also mean a simpleton.
Stynes has previously said Welcome to Sex was aimed at 10 to 15-year-olds but caused a backlash after suggesting a ‘mature eight-year-old’ could browse through the book
Welcome to Sex was removed from Big W and Dymocks bookshelves but has become a bestseller on the Amazon website.
When the furure over its explicit content first erupted in July, Stynes said, ‘I’m really proud of Welcome to Sex’ and noted no one was being forced to read it.
‘If you don’t want your kids to read it, you REALLY don’t have to buy it for them,’ the ABC presenter posted on Instagram.
Stynes also posted multiple screenshots to Instagram showing rape and death threats she had received since the release of ‘Welcome to Sex: Your no-silly-questions guide to sexuality, pleasure and figuring it all out’.
A 23-year-old eshay rapper who sent Stynes horrific messages threatening sexual assault has pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to menace, harass or offend.
Eli Engwicht, who claimed he found the book offensive, told Stynes in one message: ‘I wanna see you get torn up limb by limb and tortured for hours.’
Stynes also received messages of support from defenders after she posted a video of a book shop stocking Welcome to Sex.
‘People are angry because you’re ruining their ability to prey on children,’ posted @oneangrymotherfrocker alongside the bookshop video.
Another woman posted, ‘These are the people who will deny child sexual abuse has happened in their families. Or look the other way.’
Welcome to Sex had been available in children’s sections or on bottom shelves at major retailers, and featured descriptions of males as ‘penis-owners’ and females as ‘vagina-owners’.
The book was first launched by Stynes in May, but then conservative podcaster Chris ‘Primod’ Issa fueled outrage uploading an Instagram video that went viral.
‘How can anyone think they are not coming after the children after seeing books like this for sale openly in Big W,’ he said.
Social media users expressed their anger, one writing ‘Really? We need to teach 11-year-olds different sex positions? This book is a big no from me.’
But others leapt to the authors’ defence, calling the reaction a ‘moral panic’.
One parent said: ‘Can’t wait to purchase this. Your period book took away the fear for my 10-year-old daughter (and me!) so much. Forever grateful.’
The book, written by Stynes with teen magazine advice columnist Dr Melissa Kang, features descriptions and illustrations of masturbation, oral sex, ‘scissoring’ and other acts
Before the book’s release in May, Stynes told website Mamamia that she hoped the work would help parents talk candidly about sex with their children.
‘I think a lot of parents have inherited shame from their own parents and from our culture and society at large,’ she said.
‘I think it’s partly shame about icky body fluids, but parents also worry about saying the wrong thing.
‘Worry about planting an idea in their mind that wasn’t there before and then just making things worse!’
Stynes added, ‘A lot of the difficulty parents have with these types of chats is just not knowing what to say and how to say it’.
‘It’s a very unflexed muscle that most of us have,’ she said.
She hoped the book would be a ‘trusted resource’ that would stop parents stumbling into saying the ‘wrong thing or saying something that’s informed by sexism or bad science’.
Yumi Stynes defended her controversial children’s book Welcome to Sex (left) after it was pulled from the shelves at Big W, saying ‘if you don’t want your kids to read it, don’t buy it’