Why does everything have to be sexy? And why do young girls have to be sexy? At a time when pornography and pedophilia have never been more rampant, people seem to think it's okay to sexualize young girls. Not even girls in their teens, but children. Little girls with jam on their faces, with hair tangled from running in the wind and grass stains on their knees. Relentless marketing targets them with images of Princesses, Bratz Dolls (kind of like mini hookers or maybe street girls) and PINK. Try buying a girl's toy that isn't some variant of nauseating pink.
Who wants to be a princess? And what's the likelihood? Better chance of being Miss Universe, an astronaught or a rock star. At least those are real things you can aspire to. Perhaps Kate Middleton dreamed of being a princess, though I doubt it. She does look like a princess and she's pretty skinny and pretty perfect all the time. Not easy things to be and a lot more challenging than we lead little girls to believe.
Skinny jeans hug their hipless little bodies. They prance around in heels or wedgies. Shirts display all kinds of disturbing and ridiculous messages. And again pink! So many things are pink and down sized editions of outfits that adults shouldn't be seen in. Cut too low, midriff baring or sparkling with sequins.
Television ads show semi-pornographic images...try Victoria's Secret. One would wonder what secret it could be? Everything is revealed. Magazines bombard us with pictures of younger and younger models in more and more provocative poses. Girls look to popular culture and there are rare role models.
Music is full of suggestive phrases and downright crude lyrics. Some of the tunes marketed to young people are worse than misogynistic. It is all part of one horrifying, insidious trend.
Little girls mature quickly and display an alarming amount of cleavage at the mall, in school (when allowed),and at home. Even when the look, beyond being inappropriate, descends into a parody of the sexuality it strives for, young women don't seem to know. They lack th eself-awareness and the experience to make judgements about what does and doesn't look good. They just follow along with what pop culture preaches.
Clever marketing makes dressing like a porn star seem exciting, yet normal. How are young women to think objectively? Billions of dollars are devoted to brainwashing them and I am dismayed it has happened. Now the challenge is to fight the trend and re-discover the feminism that grew out of the 60's.
Yes, I'm of a certain age but I'm pretty spry and like to think still smart enough.