Adults Only, Please

14 Jan

What does it mean for women when preteen girls want to look 25 and grown women want to look 12?

For the actual twelve-year-olds, the picture’s pretty scary.  Kiddie lingerie and Bratz dolls are just two parts of a pervasive culture of hypersexuality that has damaging effects on girls’ health and self esteem.   For the grown women who want to look twelve, well, I have no words.

Actually, I have quite a few words, beginning with WTF?  Now, I’m by no means any sort of fashionista, but I do flip through my roommate’s magazines every once in a while.  The other night, for about an hour that I’ll never get back, I was bombarded with the message that cutesy is sexy.  With Dakota Fanning on the cover (a decision that has stirred more than a little controversy), this month’s issue of Cosmopolitan gives its readers plenty of tips and products for achieving that oh-so-alluring look of pre-pubescence.  This bothers me on two fronts.  First, as I just mentioned, is the rush to turn girls and young woman into objects of sexual desire.  Second is the reinforcement of the idea that helplessness and frivolity, not self-assurance and competence, are what’s really sexy.

Their caption says it all...

Want a baby-soft pout to match those doe eyes?  There’s a product for that.  Ever wanted to find out how a dude likes you?  Well, don’t ask him or be straightforward about it (God no!); read the secret signals he’s sending you via his hand placement on the table.  Speaking of hands, make your mitts middle-school-dance-ready with the ombre trend.

Can we please get a few things straight?  Cute and cutesy are not the same.  Looking like a taller, more buxom version of a twelve year old does not make you a good role model for her (in fact, just the opposite…)

I’m not pleading for a return of the shoulderpads of the 1980s, but at least the babydoll dresses of the 90s were paired with some ass-kicking Doc Martens!

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5 Responses to “Adults Only, Please”

  1. Daniel January 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    You know where Doc Martens come from? Nazis.

  2. Matt M January 15, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    Word on the street (Mom’s hairdresser who also does the Wilbraham local news fashion reports) is that shoulder pads are indeed coming back!

    Solid post though :p

    • thoroughly modern milli vanilli January 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

      Matt– are they to be paired with the super-sexy sneakers/white socks/ pantyhose combo?

      -Dani

      • Matt M January 21, 2012 at 3:41 am #

        I don’t believe so. Might pull focus away from those power-shoulders.

        I feel like socks and pantyhose would just be all sorts of ankle chafing.

        Is it true, Dani? Do you rock that combo? What’s the chafing dish?

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