I am seeing increasing incidences of the sexualization of young girls. I don’t know what’s wrong with the parents who allow this. I don’t think it’s cute at all. It basically fodder for pedophiles and I hope the trend discontinues. Recently this video appeared on youtube of seven year olds girls performing Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’ for some contest. They are taught to dance provocatively in tiny outfits. It’s seems like a case of the parents or dance teachers wanting them to win at all costs. Some people may think I’m a fuddy duddy, but I just can’t help the way I feel. I wish kids could just remain kids.
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I fully agree that kids should not be made use off in this manner. And not just kids, I also have a problem with the idea that sex sells. I hate it when ads with a sexual element are aired on tv or on print, especially for products that have not the remotest link to sex!
I think young kids these days have very bad role models in singers like Miley Cyrus. Her latest video is disturbingly sexualized. It seems these days they sell music through sex. It’s no longer about the melody or the quality of the voice.
Bookjunkie, you got a point that sex in music and media is terribly obvious and kids are exposed to them so easily in this day and age. Yes, Miley Cyrus’ music video is very disturbing and inappropriate. Her fanbase mostly consist of kids and it makes us wonder where are her parents when she starts coming out looking all sexualised in her music video. It doesn’t make her look grown up at all and to me the definition of grown-up is all about being sensible and knowing what is appropriate for the fans and critics rather than rely on sex and more skin to sell music and art.
it’s really disturbing when you see little tots imitating her.
Hi Tiny Island, your short blog article about your opinion towards the issue of sexualising little girls not only shares my concerns but also you are absolutely right to say that parents who think it is acceptable to sexualise their daughters are not realising that they are actually damaging those girls. One of the perfect examples of sexualisation of girls are child beauty pageants and these unhealthy activities have been mentioned in an American television show called Toddlers and Tiaras. Here is an example of what this mother is doing to her own child in this snippet of Toddlers and Tiaras: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORcBTC7TiVY
Sexualisation of girls is also considered as abuse, bad parenting and child endangerment all rolled into one lump. Sexualisation of girls is not just happening in Western societies but also it is catching up in modern Eastern societies too. Lastly, you are not a fuddy duddy for saying that kids needs to be kids. I agree that children need to be allowed to enjoy their childhoods as much as possible rather than be made to grow up fast. As a fellow blogger just like you, I have written about what I think about child beauty pageants in my blog and here it is: http://whatsaysyou.wordpress.com/2011/01/20/little-miss-freakshow-why-beauty-pageants-for-children-are-not-very-cute-at-all/
I am glad that I lived in a bygone more innocent era. Well at least for kids it was.
Today when we see what was shown on TV then it may seem archaic to some but to me I miss the wholesomeness..no swearing or need for nudity or violence.