May 31st, 2011
by Terri Libenson
Is it me? Am I alone here? Based on blogs and articles Iâ€™ve read, Iâ€™m guessingâ€¦no. What am I talking about, you ask? Iâ€™m talking about tweens and teens disguised as hoochie mamas. This is more than just a pet peeve. Iâ€™m literally scared for womankind. Iâ€™m scared my daughters will be judged solely on their â€œhotness.â€ For peteâ€™s sake, last year my 7-year-old told me a classmate had called her â€œhot.â€ I asked her what that means and she shrugged.
Iâ€™m all for a girl feeling attractive, but come ON. Iâ€™ve seen acrylic fingernails on a 6-year-old. Iâ€™ve seen words written across the butts of toddlersâ€™ pants. Iâ€™ve seen cleavage where cleavage shouldnâ€™t be. Iâ€™ve also observed so much makeup and hair extensions on celebrity kids, they resemble Bratz dolls more thanâ€¦well, Bratz dolls. And donâ€™t get me started on my kidsâ€™ favorite store, â€œJusticeâ€â€¦my washing machine is constantly full of glitter.
Yes, this is nothing new, but I worry it’s getting worse. Thereâ€™s a lot of superficiality everywhere. I try to preach â€œinner beautyâ€ to my kids. I hope itâ€™s sinking in. I have a feeling itâ€™ll continue to be my hot button (no pun intended), and will spawn more comic material as my kids mature. Just another level of feminism to heap onto the pile.
This brings to mind something that occurred in our household the other night. Our family was watching the one and only reality show weâ€™re addicted to: â€œChoppedâ€ (Food Network). As usual, we tried to guess who would be eliminated in each round. My older daughter said, â€œThe lady will get chopped because ALL the girls do.â€ That did it. I went off on a 10-minute tirade, explaining that by statistics alone, all the women should be eliminated because usually thereâ€™s only 1 female chef among the 4 contestants. Of course, sometimes the girls do win.
Anyway, I also told her those women had to work very hard to prove themselves in a predominantly male field (much like cartooning and humor writing, I might add). I think she paid more attention to my hysterics than to my actual words, but letâ€™s hope something got through…I donâ€™t go off on feminist tirades very often.
Iâ€™m not sure what my point is. I think Iâ€™m venting. Letâ€™s just hope I can someday look back on this blog entry and laugh at everything I was worried about. If anything, for my kidsâ€™ sake.
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