Sexualizing Children: Just How Guilty Are You?

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I came across a beautiful image of a little baby girl via Twitter. And of course, like most things on Twitter, the moment was ruined when I saw this caption: *Born with 2000 unread text messages* This is something that I’ve seen happen time and time again. Cute kids being assigned grown up lifestyles, implying that they do grown up things. I can’t help but wonder why are we in so much of a hurry to assign children adult roles? Babies don’t have cell phones.

I am soooo sick of seeing babies dressed as adults. Take the jewelry off of your child. Take the boots off of your child. The makeup…get it out of here. It’s…creepy.

Take TLC’s show, “Toddlers & Tiaras” for example. Pure craziness. 3 year olds prancing around in makeup, big hair, and leotards, one of the contestants even dressing up as Julia Roberts, the prostitute from the hit movie “Pretty Woman.”

At what point do we draw the line? I see it every day, on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Parents dressing their children like adults, and exposing them to way too much, way too fast. Your child should NOT, and I repeat, should NOT be dropping it like it’s hot!

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How about back in 2013, when Disney, (notoriously racist and sexist) decided to give Meridia of Disney’s “Brave” a makeover? The heroine went from cute to sexy in no time, when she was revealed with a smaller waistline, larger bust, a tighter dress, big sexy hair and makeup. Needless to say, moms everywhere went nuts. And rightfully so.

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And how about when Victoria’s Secret faced a huge amount of backlash from mad moms nationwide when they launched their “Bright Young Things” campaign? This lingerie brand, (under PINK) was intended for young high school girls, using phrases like “Call Me” and “Feeling Lucky” on their underwear.

Then there’s cases like Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau. This is an image from an editorial in French Vogue.

Via Daily Mail, Dr. Emma Gray of the British CBT & Counselling Service had this to say:

“This picture is the antithesis of what childhood in our society should be; a child being exposed to a world she is not yet equipped to deal with solely to serve the needs of the adults around her.”

 

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Just below, a mother gives her 8 year old Botox, because that’s completely normal:

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From ABC.net:

Speaking at the Right 2 Childhood conference, social researcher Maggie Hamilton says there is growing evidence that modern media and advertising is having negative mental health impacts on children as young as three.

She says medical professionals, parents and teachers are all reporting an increase in problems in young children.

“We’re seeing a new level of sexual assault happening in primary schools,” she said.

“We’re also seeing sexting happening from little girls [aged] eight up, who are taking photos of themselves topless and sending them around to little boys age eight or putting them on the net.

“We are seeing identification with a very sexualised kind of persona.”

Ms. Hamilton says her research indicates modern advertising is becoming increasingly exploitative, especially towards children.

My question is: Why are we doing this? As a PARENT, why are you doing this to your child?  I think this is interesting, because I rarely see this done to young boys in the media. What are we hoping to gain from this? In the end, I think the only result will be a bunch of young girls who are looking for the wrong kind of attention from the wrong kind of people. And unfortunately, as we know, there will always be someone around to give it to them. Is this a 2015 problem? Is the internet to blame? Or have parents just reached a level of suckiness we never thought they could reach? What are your thoughts? Are little girls being sexualized in the media? What’s the solution?

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