Carol Platt Liebau: Sexualizing Little Girls

Friday, August 25, 2006

Sexualizing Little Girls

The New York Times style section has run this piece reflecting on the budding fashionistas in the pre-tween set.

Teaching little tiny girls to ape adult fashion strikes me as a remarkably poor idea -- not because of some critique of capitalist, consumer culture, but because modern fashion is so oriented toward often-vulgar displays of flesh or attitude that are doubly inappropriate when exhibited by little girls. As the piece notes:

To the delight — or consternation — of their elders, the conventional sugar-and-spice girls’ style formula is laced these days with sass, the clothes not so much sexy as candidly provocative in their mimicry of grown-up fare.

Who, exactly, is "delighted" at the prospect of little girls prancing around in "sassy" clothes? And are they the kind of people one would really want around her children?

4 Comments:

Blogger ELC said...

Who, exactly, is "delighted" at the prospect of little girls prancing around in "sassy" clothes? John Mark Karr, for one.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Editor said...

I imagine there are fools who will part with their money by buying into this corporate BS.

If a parent truly cares about their child's developement, they need to protect their environment from corporate consumerism and propaganda.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Cavalor Epthith said...

Spot on! Corporate BS is exactly what that is. More proof Americans will buy whatever their corporate masters put out for them. Sad.

C.E.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

You've got it backwards. The manufacturers put out what to them appears to be desired by the consumer. No corp just throws crap out there without test marketing. Not unless they like to lose money. So the problem is with the overall character and morals of today's society. Gosh. What a surprise.

1:00 PM  

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