Title: Freedom to Love: A Film by Drs. Phyllis & Eberhard Kronhausen
Publisher: New York Grove Press 1970
Authors: Drs. Phyllis & Eberhard Kronhausen
26. The Young Girls
Briggitte and Christine, two young girls aged about twelve and nine, play with a large beach ball near Pat and Marie’s home.
Briggitte: I’m gonna throw it real high. Whoops! Ah…
Christine: It’s over the hedge!
Briggitte: Let’s go get it.
Trying to retrieve the ball, the two young girls carefully open the fence door to Pat and Marie’s backyard and silently creep towards the house. The younger Briggitte is obviously the more aggressive one. As she picks up the ball, she sees something which arouses her interest. Moving closer to Pat and Marie’s bedroom window, she motions Christine to follow.
Briggitte (in a whisper): Come here!
Christine (whispering): What is it?
Briggitte and Christine witness Pat and Marie making love. However, they soon move away from the window, either out of fear and embarrassment, or simply because the scene has begun to bore them.
At this point, Drs. Kronhausen embark on a discussion of lesbianism and homosexuality as the girls watch Pat and Marie making love.
27. Briggitte and Christine Experiment
A brightly colored child’s room. Christine and Briggitte playwith some of the stuffed dolls and other toys in eth room.
Christine: I’ve often seen my parents when they were completely nude.
Briggitte: Completely nude?
Briggitte: Well, my parents say you’re not supposed to.
Christine: My parents say we don’t have to be ashamed.
Briggitte: Would you dare take off your clothes now?
Christine: Yes…why not? I don’t care. (Both girls take their clothes off.)
Dr. Eberhard Kronhausen: (off) Adults commonly misinterpret the harmless sex play and sex curiosity of children…Children are interested only in exploring their own bodies and finding out what it is like to be grown up sexually as well as otherwise. It is therefore advisable that children receive early sex education, not only about the reproductive function of sex, but also about its pleasurable or erotic aspects. Only in this way can the child accept his own sex feelings and sex experimentation without guilt and shame, and avoid undue fixations or inhibitions. The alleged danger of children being seduced by homosexuals is no greater than in the heterosexual case…since only the same small percentage of homosexual adults take an interest in contacts with children…as is true for the population in general.
The girls are now completely nude
Briggitte: Are you ticklish?
Christine: No, ha, ha, ha.
Briggitte: (touching Christine) Does that feel nice?
Dr. Phyllis Kronhausen: (off) With regard to the effects of what the child may have observed of adult sex behavior or even what it may have experienced; it is more the attitude of the adults in the child’s environment that counts rather than the events themselves. If the adults take a moralistic and punitive position, or if they react with fear and panic, the child will naturally react with guilt, shame and anxiety of her own. The child may, in the extreme case, even be seriously traumatized. If the adults take a calm, noncensorial, matter-of-fact attitude about the child’s early sex experiences they remain, as a rule, of little consequence. Children, if left to their own devices, soon enough return to their own world of toys and innocent games which hold much more lasting fascination for them.
28. Briggitte and Her Parents (1)
The girl, obviously late for dinner, comes to the table; at which her mother and staid-looking father are already seated. The dining room is extremely traditional.
Briggitte’s Mother: Well, it’s about time, Brigitte…it’s a shame, at your age, to keep us waiting. Washed your hands? Let me see. (She inspects the girl’s hands)
Brigitte’s Father: All right. Sit down.
29. Christine and Her Parents (1)
The setting here is much less formal, much more modern, than the dining room of Brigitte’s parents. An abstract painting hangs on the wall.
Christine’s Mother: And what have you and Brigitte been doing today?
Christine: We’ve been playing Pat and Marie.
Christine’s Mother: What have you been playing?
Christine: We’ve been watching them.
Christine’s Father: What do you mean by that?
Christine: We were looking through their window…they were playing with each other.
30. Brigitte and Her Parents (2)
Brigitte: Without any clothes on.
Brigitte’s Father: Where did you see two naked women?
Brigitte: Oh, they live next door to Christine.
Brigitte’s Mother: I don’t understand a word she’s saying.
31. Christine and Her Parents (2)
Christine’s Father: And what were they doing?
Christine: Pat and Marie were kissing.
Christine’s Mother: Well, you know Pat and Marie love each other very much.
32. Brigitte and Her Parents (3)
Brigitte’s Father: You know that’s wrong. Looking through other people’s windows is as bad as stealing.
Brigitte: Oh, but I didn’t do it like that. We were playing outside with our ball. I threw it high and it went over the fence.
Brigitte’s Father: And then what happened?
Brigitte: That’s all.
Brigitte’s Mother: Don’t lie to me now, you must have been doing something!
Brigitte’s Father: Tell us!
Brigitte: Christine was kissing me…
Brigitte’s Father: And you let her do that? You are as bad a girl as she. You should be ashamed of yourself. Go to your room! (He slaps her face. Brigitte leaves the table.)
Brigitte’s Mother: This is incredible. Can you imagine doing things like that in front of children?
Brigitte’s Father: It doesn’t surprise me at all. I’ve been thinking before that Christine is a bad influence.
33. Christine and Her Parents (3)
Christine: Can they have babies together?
Christine’s Mother: But you know it takes a man and a woman to make a baby.
Brigitte’s Mother: But those two girls are corrupting the children. We’ve got to do something…
Brigitte’s Father: I’ll call Christine’s parents. In my opinion, perverts ought to be locked up. I’ll make a complaint to the authorities. It’s disgusting!... more