A couple of weeks ago, while shopping for kids clothing at the local Wal-Mart, I came across a quite unsettling novelty tee-shirt aimed at very young girls. The shirt read “too pretty to do homework so my brother has to do it for me.” I was shocked, appalled, and a little worried about the state of our nation when I saw this. According to a recent ABC news report, the shirts have been pulled, but there are still sickening attempts large corporations are taking to make our little girls sex symbols, airheads, and dimwits instead of critically thinking independent women.
What are the little girls of our society being given to look up to in the media? We put Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, and Rihanna on a pedestal and belittle Rachel Maddow for being too opinionated. There is very little in terms of thought and opinion being ingrained into the minds of our young women. Instead we opt to have them look up to blank Barbie dolls whose only goal in life is to find a husband to take care of them.
We dress our young girls more provocatively than ever before. If you enter a Halloween costume store, you will find everything from sexy psychics to ferocious catwomen, complete with mini-skirts and custom-made catsuits for our elementary school daughters to flaunt off their undeveloped bodies. It used to be enough to be afraid of razorblades in Kit-Kat bars on Halloween night, but now we have to be even more concerned with the creeps of the night.
Another sickening display of young girls in this country is the beauty pageant circuit. It is infuriating enough to see grown women participate in these meat parades, but to view seven year old girls in two-piece girls swimsuits is down right disturbing. They have no sense of what they are symbolizing, they only think about the glamor and attention they receive for being in these pageants.
The FX original series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on recently lampooned the child beauty pageant circuit in one of their episodes. Frank, played by Danny Devito, purchases the rights to a beauty pageant and tries as hard as he can not to look like a creep. At the end of the episode it was discovered that a man posing as a fed was actually a child diddler.
The character Mac comes to the conclusion that the parents have no one to blame but themselves. I never thought that I would take away a lesson from this show, but he was spot on in his analysis. Instead of transpiring our goals of beauty and sexuality onto our children, maybe we should do some soul-searching for ourselves.