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Are American Parents and Society Raising Little Girls or Little Women?


World  (tags: usa, children, girls, society, sexualisation )

Rose
- 1010 days ago - durangoherald.com
t's difficult to write about the sexualization of little girls and young women. It's upsetting, shocking and something none of us want to even think about. With more and more I see, I want to at least try to get parents thinking about this



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Teresa W. (679)
Monday November 14, 2011, 2:28 am
noted
 

alicia m. (100)
Monday November 14, 2011, 7:42 am
noted, gracias
 

Yvonne F. (168)
Monday November 14, 2011, 12:17 pm
Noted! Great initiative!
 

Vivien Green (150)
Monday November 14, 2011, 2:00 pm
Noted thank you Rose.

What the hell are Abercrombie & Fitch and Amazon.com doing.offering padded bras and bikini tops for 7- and 8-year-olds.!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Rosemary R Hubby Home Hospital (634)
Monday November 14, 2011, 10:41 pm
It's outrageous. Companies are targeting tweens pushing their push up bras for 8 year olds! I've seen it and i'm disgusted. Also what's with the "Glitz" pagents in the US and now in Canada! Toddlers and Tiaras is 'tame' compared to this pagent 'stylization' of little ones with padding and 'all the trimmings' making them look like
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ (fill in the blanks) !! As a grandmother I'm infuriated this is not only going on but has become and 'acceptable' industry on many levels! What is wrong with this picture???????
EVERYTHING !!!!!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR SOCIETY TODAY??????
HAS IMAGE BECOME SO IMPORTANT THAT IT OVERSHADOWS THE NATURAL BEAUTY AND TRUTH OF WHO WE ARE ?????
THIS IS EXACTLY THE REASON WHY KIDS ARE KILLING THEMSELVES !!!!!!!
WE HAVE TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY TO BRING TRUTH BACK INTO THE MARKETPLACE AND THAT CAN ONLY HAPPEN IF WE BRING BACK TRUTH AND HONESTY INTO OUR FAMILIES, HOMES AND COMMUNITIES.
TELL ME, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT A PARENT ALLOWING THEIR CHILD TO HAVE A PAGE ON FB WHEN THEY ARE NOT EVEN 10 YEARS OLD !?!

My apologies for the rant but it's all too ridiculous for me !
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Monday November 14, 2011, 10:44 pm
ROSEMARY KNOW NEED TO SAY SORRY! RANT AWAY
 

Swadeep Reddy (17)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 5:59 am
But some folks still thinks it's freedom, So sad
 

Margaret K. (19)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 3:28 pm
This is just so wrong.
 

Jenny Dooley (830)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 7:22 pm
Thank you Rose.
The behaviour of these parents is disturbing!
 

Veronica C. (43)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 7:47 pm
Oh I have seen Disney Princesses Syndrome first hand. A family friend has a 4 year old who has had Disney Princesses Syndrome since her 2nd birthday. The family thinks it's cute~ the plastic heels, the glitter make-up, even the princess beauty salon at Disney World. Hard to say if she will outgrow this, or turn into one of those girls who are 6 going on 19.
 

Jillian A. (0)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 9:05 pm
I don't agree completely I think it is a problem but not a big one
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 9:13 pm
Oh I have seen Disney Princesses Syndrome first hand. A family friend has a 4 year old who has had Disney Princesses Syndrome since her 2nd birthday.

THAT IS AWFUL VERONCIA
 

Ronald Berkshire (1)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 9:26 pm
What a desperate attempt from capitalist country
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 5:48 am
Thanks for this great article.
 

Denise L. (466)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 8:43 am
I agree that it's absurd and creepy that companies have thongs and padded bras for children. But what disturbs me more is all the parents buying these things. I don't expect companies to give a hoot about children or society but you certainly expect parents to want whats best for their kids.

I think so many parents want to be the "cool parents" that they'll go along with just about anything. What they don't understand is that being mindless sheep doesn't make them cool, just pathetic. It's always rebels with a cause, passionate, fighting for something that are the coolest people
 

Esther S. (45)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 12:51 pm
Most of those things were outrageous but not the ones which stated that some worry about getting fat or some want to be thinner. Being overweight has become a big problem for a lot of people - young and old. Being fat is a health problem. What is wrong with children who don't want to be fat?
 

Joe R. (189)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 1:16 pm
Oh boy! Disturbing.
 

Roger Skinner (14)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 1:45 pm
Not to mention how many girls (even babies) get their ears pierced before they even know what earrings are. I can't really blame the companies that are selling this stuff. It's parents who buy a lot of this and/or tolerate their children buying it. If a lot of people weren't buying these things, few companies would be selling them. I wonder how much of this is a reaction to the Women's Lib movement when the parents were growing up?
 

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 1:57 pm
Thank you Rose. I have always been again Mom's dressing their kids like this and it seems the mothers have a mental issue. But what bothers me is, WHERE are the Dad's to control this and put his foot down and say NO ? They never seem to be in the picture.
 

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 1:58 pm
Amazon just lost a customer when they do this crap.
 

monka blanke (74)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 3:09 pm
I also know a very young girl (she still wears pampers), everything in her room is Disney-princess-pink-colored, she has princess dresses and make-up.Her parents love it - I find Disney's influence horrific. I used to think that this was typical for Americans, but this is obviously not true. To the hell with those lift-up bra's.
 

Christopher Fowler (84)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 3:26 pm
There is an obscene amount of sexualization of young girls and it really needs to stop.
Parents are not helping things by getting them unnecessary cosmetic surgery, enrolling them in child beauty pageants at 5 years old.
The worst case of this is of course, the tragic death of Jon-Bennet Ramsey, who's mother was obsessed with the beauty pageant scene, getting her made up to look older than she was; it was criminal, in my opinion.
Little girls should be allowed to be little girls, going through their tomboy phase and growing into wearing dresses as they get older, not turned into sex symbols before they even reach puberty.

The parents that allow this kind of sexualization of their daughters should be put in jail.
 

Tricia Russell (0)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 4:51 pm
I find it so appalling that no one wants to hold corporations accountable for their role in this problem. Yes, I agree that parents need to monitor and put their foot down about what is being watched or bought. However, I do not think that many of the products being offered should be sold in the first place.
 

Ancil S. (175)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 7:59 pm
Disturbingly noted.
 

Lauren H. (3)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 8:01 pm
Back in the 60's we fought for equal rights for women. We stressed intelligence, character and inward beauty. We promoted women's choice to stay and home with the kids or go to work. My mother's choice was to be a stay at home mom, and dad was the breadwinner. As children, we never thought about designer labels, but managed to wear really cute outfits. Over many years, I've noticed changes...but, not the changes that I expected. It's been slow and consistent. Have you noticed that today's reality is that every little girl needs to wear Uggs, have long hair, and wear a maco,miniskirt? They all look like carbon copies of each other. In my day,little girls had long hair, short cropped hair and some in between. This may not seem important, but what has become of individuality. Sexuality-Children are now being promoted as sexual objects. Some say that capitalism is to blame. The truth is that company's have always, and will always follow consumer trends. They study what the consumer needs are. Is it possible that parents cannot or don't wish to spend enought time with their children? Are we too busy with our own ambitions, and kid's extra curricular activites to sit down and have dinner together? Do we feel quilt for not spending the time with today's children, and therefore give into all their desires? Please,I'm not saying that yesterday we were smarter than today. I'm saying that someting is very wrong.
 

Tim C. (1809)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 1:08 am
tks
 

Helle H. (21)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 2:56 pm
Poor kids.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday November 18, 2011, 5:12 am
what are we doing?
 

KS Goh (0)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 12:41 am
Thanks for the article.
 
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