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If I am being completely honest, there is a teeny-tiny bit of me that thinks it should be okay. Seeing how my girl has grown up and become a young adult is rather poignant. To the outside world, I realize that it is different. Provocative Halloween costumes look sexy on her, as the costumes are intended.
We need to talk for a hot second about the sexualization of young girls. Specifically, we need to talk about the sexualization of Willow Smith by the media. In case you've somehow missed the whole hullaballoo, the picture below of 13-year-old Willow and 20-year-old actor Moises Arias was recently posted on Instagram, and the internet subsequently exploded. Everyone immediately leapt to the conclusion that the photograph was somehow sexual. Had this been a picture of a young white girl with a man a few years older than her, it most likely would have been written off as totally innocent.
I'm on Miley's side but that doesn't mean I like everything about her. Is Miley Cyrus what third wave feminism looks like? Is choosing to be overtly sexual the same thing as owning your sexuality? To Miley Cyrus it is. I would disagree.
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October is breast cancer awareness month. Yesterday, my 10-year-old son came up to me and asked: "Mommy, do you remember that commercial we saw about those pink things?" He made his hands in a cup formation and covered his chest like a bra.
Is there anyone else out there that has some feminism kicking around to feel objectified by overly sexualization of breast cancer? Are breasts selling cancer awareness just like they sell cars, beer, music, cigarette, shoes, and pretty much everything else. Just in case you think I am a prude, I ask you this: Are men asked to wear speedos to raise awareness for prostate cancer?
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At least once a year media grabs the next "is the sexual morality of our young women in peril?" headline and runs with it. Unfortunately, this results in yet another young generation of women who suffer the burden of carrying a ton of shame about their sexuality for the rest of their lives.
After a summer of controversial photo shoots featuring young girls in lingerie and padded push-up bras, parents may be breathing a sigh of relief as cooler weather comes our way. Back-to-school usual...