It looks like the American show Toddlers & Tiaras won’t be making an appearance in France anytime soon.
Last Tuesday, a French senator issued a report aimed at stopping the “hyper-sexualization” of young children.
The report was prompted partly by publication of a multi-page feature in Vogue’s December 2010 issue in which 10-year-old Thylane Loubry Blondeau, and two other girls, were photographed pouting and posing heavily made up, with lipstick, tight dresses, jewels and high heels. This led to an international debate over the sexualization of children.
Young Girls Disguised As “Sexual Candy”
The parliamentary report, Against Hyper-Sexualisation: A New Fight For Equality, calls for a ban on beauty pageants and child-size adult clothing, such as padded bras and high heels, for girls under age 16.
From The Guardian:
Chantal Jouanno, the author of the report and a senator and former sports minister, has also called for the outlawing of young models in advertising campaigns and the return of uniforms in primary schools as part of a series of measures to stem the psychological damage she believes is being done to children.
Jouanno said young girls were being disguised as “sexual candy” in a competition over appearance, beauty and seduction, which she said was “contrary to the dignity of the human being” and a step backwards in the battle for sex equality
“This phenomenon is a real concern for society,” Jouanno told Le Figaro newspaper. “Today, children are building their identities amid a regression of sexual equality and on the return of stereotypes contained in music clips, games, reality television programmes. The danger is not only individual but collective.
“We have a great responsibility as both politicians and parents.”
She argued that while the sexualisation of children is not widespread in France, it is increasing and becoming acceptable because of what she described as the insidious “normalisation” of pornographic images.
Stop The Exploitation And Sexualization Of Tiny Girls
Exploiting and sexualizing tiny girls is morally reprehensible. Yet again, girls learn that their value lies mainly in how they look and that it’s acceptable to make kids seem like tiny adults.
These girls are scantily clad and painted up like dolls, making them look too mature for their age. And of course they are being exploited for financial gain, in a way that also promotes pedophilia.
As a mother, I find this incredibly depressing. Why would any parent choose to put their little girl through this?
We can hope that this French report succeeds in outlawing such degrading treatment of young girls.
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