Topic: sexualization of children

10 Degrees Of Discomfort With Sexualizing Teen Girl Halloween Costumes

10 Degrees Of Discomfort With Sexualizing Teen Girl Halloween Costumes

But despite my own discomfort with what is offered to teens and tweens, the truth is “sexualizing” can remain pretty subjective. I don’t think covering girls up necessarily translates to “unsexy,” nor do I think showing skin alone makes a costume problematic. To properly illustrate this point, let’s explore the degrees at which we begin to diverge. I’ve compiled a list of 10 costumes, all marketed to teens. From one to 10, I’ve ranked the costumes according to the sexualizing factor. One being you need to be pedophile to find this sexy and 10 being maximum WTF. More »

A Mother Of Four Has Launched A Petition Asking Victoria’s Secret To Pull That Stupid ‘Bright Young Things’ Crap

A Mother Of Four Has Launched A Petition Asking Victoria's Secret To Pull That Stupid 'Bright Young Things' Crap

Parents continue to express nothing short of their gag reflex at the the super spring break-y “Bright Young Things” line, reportedly geared towards tween and teen girls depending on who you talk to. But in that savvy contemporary online parenting way, mothers and fathers have now organized against the line in the tried and true Change.org petition.

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UPDATE: Jane Pratt’s New Beauty Website Says ‘Toddlers Are Effing Hot’ – Because Child Sex Abuse Is Just Hi-Larious

UPDATE: Jane Pratt's New Beauty Website Says 'Toddlers Are Effing Hot' - Because Child Sex Abuse Is Just Hi-Larious

I’m not a raging fan of some of the content on XoJane. As a woman of a certain age, who has children, I just couldn’t get behind some of the content that the editors of the website choose to publish. As a feminist I believe that woman can do whatever the hell they want with their bodies, it’s their business, and I really don’t care if adults want to act like idiots their entire lives. It’s just not my jam. But what I do care about is the abuse of children, so when I was linked to this article on Jane Pratt’s new beauty website, XoVain.com, I was pretty appalled: More »

5 Very Complex Quotes About The Complex Momager Teri Shields

5 Very Complex Quotes About The Complex Momager Teri Shields

The notorious Teri Shields who didn’t raise so much as an eyebrow to the then 10-year-old Brooke Shields being photographed erotically has left this earth. The New York Times reports that the controversial mother, who in many ways initiated a much bigger dialogue regarding the sexualization of children, died following ” a long illness related to dementia.” And despite what questionable parenting tactics Teri may have employed while navigating her own young daughter’s career, the massive attention she ultimately received for those choices woke a lot of people up to the pressures of children in Brooke’s line of work. More »

STFU Parents: How To Sexualize Your Kids On Social Media

STFU Parents: How To Sexualize Your Kids On Social Media

A couple of days ago, everyone was up in arms because of Elizabeth Hurley‘s sexy swimwear line for young girls. And before that, people started taking notice at all of the Fifty Shades of Grey-inspired clothing for babies. The writing has been on the wall for years now that sex sells, and that babies and toddlers are not exempt from the marketing ploys cast unto the retail world. But the reason for that isn’t because babies and toddlers are drawn to onesies that say “9 Months Ago My Mommy Read 50 Shades Of Grey”; it’s because well, parents like sexualizing their kids. Sex has become a punchline that carries over into parenting in an almost-seamlessly creepy way, and a lot of parents are happy to play along. So what if it’s weird to “joke” that your baby boy has a large penis? Or that your unborn daughter is a “little hussy”? Parents sexualize their children to get attention, and if that attention is negative, so be it! More »