The idea of dressing young girls up way past their age with heavy amounts of makeup and, in some cases, clothing that exposes their bodies, is astoundingly unacceptable. I don’t and never will understand the need to parade young girls around in makeup and extravagant outfits to give them the message that their beauty is all that matters. Not what kind of person they are, or will be, or their interests, but solely their meaning is all based on looks.
|—||Laura Hudson, The Big Problem with Superheroines and Their “Liberated Sexuality” | Comics Alliance (via sparksummit)|
via Radio Colorado College, this interview with Professor Tomi-Ann Roberts explores the issue of the sexualization of girls and women in our society. (This full version runs 20 minutes, for a shorter version click here.)
“Girls are not passive recipients of these cultural messages. Girls are active agents. We know from developmental cognitive psychology that young boys and girls, once they know what their gender is, are very motivated to be the best example of their gender. And if the examples of femininity around you are a sort of tarted up, pornographied sexuality, then that’s what you’re psyched to be.