This "awareness" of the perfect female body never left me. How could it? The female gender is heavily marketed. If you are born with a vagina your identity has been prepackaged for you. All you need to do is follow the instructions on the box.
The French Senate voted this week to ban beauty pageants for children under 16 and to impose up to two years in prison and steep fines of up to $30,000 euros for adults who try to enter children into illegal pageants or run illegal/underground pageants themselves.
There's a sickening trend towards sexualization of girls in toys and entertainment. And there's a long-term issue, going back to Barbie's youth, with presenting girls with unhealthy and unrealistic physical ideals through toys and entertainment intended for them
Surely logic would dictate that however misguided the President's comments about Kamala Harris, they are utterly insignificant compared to the ongoing campaign to make our girls into sexually active women well before it is healthy or appropriate for them to be so.
It's not that thongs meant for young women emblazoned with phrases like "Call Me" and "Feeling Lucky?" are entirely shocking coming from Victoria's Secret, but more that they insisted on comparing our young daughters to objects and things in order to sell them this lingerie.
The physical risks to football players should be taken with the utmost seriousness, but the more important questions are about what lessons kids are learning about how to define themselves and to relate to one another.
Is there any chance that we can convince the companies that sell sexuality to young girls to just stop it because it is wrong? No way! So, as is so often the case with children, the buck stops with us.
When my daughter was twelve, I asked her what she and her girlfriends were going to be for Halloween. She casually mentioned that one of the girls in her class was going to be a prostitute, and one of the boys would be going as her pimp.
Cynopsis Kids, the childrens' media news site, notes that, for the week of August 8th, MTV's Jersey Shore was the #1 show for teens 12-17. To impressionable young minds, there's a message in all of that.
"Tramp" is a provocative 5 letter word. We must be careful how we use it. Whether in slander or owning it, the meaning is the same. A woman is either being devalued or is devaluing herself. And, that is a message that we don't want to give our daughters.