Protect Your Girls' Girlhood
Sometimes we are so immersed in our culture, that we fail to see the harmful messages that society is broadcasting.
Everywhere you look in our culture, you will see little girls being promoted as sexual objects:
On Facebook you will see friends and acquaintances flaunting photos of their daughters in sexy poses, beautiful girls being groomed for beauty pageants...but what else are they learning?
On YouTube you see find 7 year olds wearing lingerie, shaking their booty in sultry hip-hop dances.
Reality shows like Toddlers & Tiaras feature little girls from as young as two, made up to be miniature beauty queens with all the sultry moves of their adult counterparts. Parents spare no expense including voice coaches, make-up artists, regular spray tans, hair extensions, acrylic nails and even made-to-measure fake teeth for their pageant princesses!
On kids' cartoon movies, the heroines are all sexy, long-legged, Barbie look-alikes and even the little girls have tiny waistlines and budding breasts.
Then you get the padded bras and g-string underwear and swimming costumes aimed at 7-10 year olds...and T-shirts with slogans like "hot chick", "flirt" and "future trophy wife"!
Most readers would agree that pornography and prostitution degrade women to mere sex objects, yet the way society portrays and dresses young girls is not much better.
"Research links sexualization with three of the most common mental health problems of girls and women: eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression or depressed moods."1
Persistent exposure to media images that sexualize girls affects how girls perceive femininity and sexuality.
"Girls who more frequently consume mainstream media tend to accept sexual stereotypes that depict women as sexual objects. They also place appearance and physical attractiveness at the centre of a woman's value." 2
Why have parents uncritically accepted these sexually immoral messages marketed at their children?
Are we completely numb and desensitized to what is happening?
The following information should be quite alarming:
"Everyone knows something about Barbie, the most famous doll in the world. Big-breasted, narrow waisted and long legged, SHE HAS HELPED SEX INTRUDE INTO CHILDHOOD...Several decades ago, Barbie's creator, Ruth Handler, saw a Swiss doll called Lilli, voluptous, wearing heels. She was just what Ms Handler wanted for a blockbuster new doll. Ignoring traditional marketeers - shocked by Barbie's breasts - she began an uphill battle in California to manufacture this sexy creature, so unlike cuddly baby dolls. What she did not know, was that Lilli was BASED ON A PROSTITUTE IN A GERMAN ADULT CARTOON AIMED AT MEN."
(*Strumpet = A female prostitute or a promiscuous woman.)
... so half the world gives their daughters a doll modeled on a prostitute as a role model!
... and then we dress up our little girls like mature teens, with padded bras and thongs in T-shirts with flirty slogans and we call it "cute".
We teach our girls that their value lies in their sex appeal and then we freak out when they have issues related to body image, low self-esteem, are not respected or worse, are violated!
Steps to restore and protect innocent girlhood:
Women and girls need real protection and respect. Let's promote innocence, rather than the opposite.
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