Children are inexperienced, not innocent. Fluent liars, manipulative upon arrival, they carry prodigious, unarticulated, ever-growing knowledge with them.
A six year old knows if his father’s a loser, his uncle’s a queer, knows his mother is terrified of sexual intercourse. Well before six, a child knows what he can safely get away with, and how to make hurtful actions look unintended. Children glean early how to see through and defend against the Gargantuan monsters known as their parents.
Children look innocent in photographs. Their faces haven’t weathered enough life to betray what lies behind them.
- Gary Indiana