A friend sent me this article from the New York Times with some tough critique on parents--in addition to the general distaste with consumer society and the media. The columnist offers that our young girls are being hyper-sexualized by commercial interests and its partly the fault of the mixed messages we send to kids, the difference between what we say and what we do. Of course, I don't think we talk about healthy sexuality enough and the void causes all kinds of trouble in adolescent development but we do seem to be seeing something in our larger cultural mix. ...
By JUDITH WARNER
Published: March 17, 2007
Bling-Bling Barbies and pouty-lipped Bratz. Thongs for tweens, and makeover parties for 5-year-olds. The past couple of shopping seasons have brought a constant stream of media stories — and books and school lectures and anguished mom conversations — all decrying the increasingly tarted-up world of young girls and preteens. Now the American Psychological Association has weighed in as well, with a 67-page report on the dangers of the “sexualization” of girls.