Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Girl power! Or, you know, not.


I'm sorry, but this just strikes me as horribly inappropriate.

How old is this child? Ten, eleven, tops? When I first saw the picture I thought she really was sporting the criss-cross leather, which is the purpose of the "flesh"-toned backdrop, no? Could we maybe agree, as a people, that sexualizing children is, like, bad? I know, different strokes and all, but it just...doesn't seem like that much to ask.

11 Comments:

At 8:15 PM, Blogger Shelli said...

Hear, hear! I agree. They grow up fast enough as it is.

 
At 8:25 PM, Blogger CrankyProf said...

But, surely you're not arguing against little girls growing up thinking of themselves as sex kittens???

This is why i am death on Barbie.

 
At 10:35 PM, Blogger Tense Teacher said...

I am so glad others feel as I do... Geek and I were bitching just yesterday about the music videos made by the Disney Channel stars, which my 5-year-old sees in between her favorite shows, and which have pre-teen girls giving the camera "come hither" looks and sporting clothes so inappropriate that many hookers would be ashamed.

 
At 12:28 AM, Anonymous Zed said...

Tense Teacher's remarks remind me of Britney Spears dancing her way down a school hallway, strutting her stuff in lipstick and full makeup, with "come hither" looks, a short-short skirt, and singing "Oops I Did It Again." The 5 and 5+ year olds loved it. The current Disney stars just continue in that pattern.

 
At 6:56 AM, Blogger CrankyProf said...

Between the McDeath commercials and the pop-tartlings, we've banned the Disney channel from our house. Noggin, DiscoveryKids, or DVDs for us.

(I can't recommend Noggin and Discovery Kids enough. Really.)

 
At 4:45 PM, Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

Whatever happened to just cutting a couple of holes in a sheet and going as a ghost?

 
At 5:47 PM, Blogger Tense Teacher said...

CrankyProf - I love Noggin too, but it goes off at 5:00.

 
At 5:59 PM, Blogger Shell said...

Seriously, Mr. Fab!

To all: I don't have a daughter, but I've seen the garbage they're marketing in clothing sections for pre-teens now. It's incredible.

I understand that children want to emulate adults, and that's normal, but that doesn't mean we have to encourage them to dress like pop stars who, unfortunately, often make their living from selling their young fetishized bodies in videos. Ugh. I can't even deal sometimes.

 
At 6:44 PM, Anonymous Cassandra said...

Wow... I have to say that I am glad that I have two boys. I would never allow my daughter to wear half of the things out there. I wouldn't wear most of it myself.

 
At 9:46 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

I noticed some girls who looked about six years old dancing nasty with Missy Elliot some years back on the MTV music awards. I was like, "What?!?" Guess it is all par for the course now.

People don't notice it anymore, so I don't think it is going to change. Not without some serious hell raisin' anyway.

 
At 10:30 PM, Anonymous Sonja said...

It didn't work for Jon Benet either...

 

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