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Taboos and Subcultures: Old Enough?
Old Enough?
Season 9  |  Episode 7  |  SBS Viceland  |  August 28, 2020

Most people in the West share certain common perceptions about what childhood should be like. A child should be free to play, to explore, and to make mistakes, but sometimes childhood is complicated. In small town America, a teenage girl makes a decision that has irreversible consequences: she wants to become a man. In India, a young boy is destined for a trade that is both dangerous and illegal: snake charming. In Greece, the legal age for driving a car is 16, but nine-year-old Stavros Grillis has been at the wheel of high-performance race cars since he was five. Young girls are sometimes labelled little princesses, but in Nepal, some girls are worshipped as living goddesses.

Most people in the West share certain common perceptions about what childhood should be like. A child should be free to play, to explore, and to make mistakes, but sometimes childhood is complicated. In small town America, a teenage girl makes a decision that has irreversible consequences: she wants to become a man. In India, a young boy is destined for a trade that is both dangerous and illegal: snake charming. In Greece, the legal age for driving a car is 16, but nine-year-old Stavros Grillis has been at the wheel of high-performance race cars since he was five. Young girls are sometimes labelled little princesses, but in Nepal, some girls are worshipped as living goddesses.

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