I know, I know. "Well I don't let my child play with Barbies or watch over-sexy shows!" But there are a ton of women out there who do.
What do you think these kids (especially girls) will be like once THEY'RE the adults in charge?
Did Hillary Clinton address that problem in her It Takes A Village book?
I don't know?
Maybe we should ask a Lib.
Or, maybe not...................
Answer by mustbeGRACE at 12:21 PM on Aug. 4, 2009
I think they will be sort of like the women in charge now. Barbie has been around for quite a while already (like over 50 years, right?).
I think it would make for better debate to clarify what you mean by oversexualized. Do you mean by teaching our kids at earlier ages about sex and protecting themselves from STD's? Do you mean by putting them in the latest fashions that make them look like little prostitutes? Let's get specific.
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Answer by Anonymous at 12:30 PM on Aug. 4, 2009
I think one of the biggest mistakes modern day parents make is that they want so badly to be their child's 'friend' that they end up selling out their most important job. You have a higher percentage of single parents, and speaking from my own observations, those parents (not all mind you) tend to be more lenient on their kids because they feel bad that they are missing out on the other parent (talking about children of divorce). Nobody wants to be Mrs. NO all the time, so you tend to pick your battles. It's hard to determine what impact their clothing choices have on their futures. When you think about it, it seems a bit trivial in a logistic sense, but it's clear to see what direction it leads to. And by that, I mean that many girls are less body conscience and regardless of size will choose to wear things that aren't flattering and to some may look disturbing. *not meant to offend, nasty retort not necessary*
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Answer by melody77 at 12:37 PM on Aug. 4, 2009
We are already seeing the results of this 'over sexualization" in a myriad of forms: increased teenage pregnancy, increase in abortions for teenagers, increase in stds in teenagers. No matter how well a child is shielded by parents, they are still inundated with images of rail thin, glamorously and scantily clad visages--all proclaiming in one way or another the wonderful world of sex. It is sometimes overt and other times very subtle--but it is there. In a modern society, such as ours where education is compulsory for children up to age 16 (the legal age for dropping out in most states) and media floods images at consumers 24/7, it takes a most austere and almost Quaker-like approach to living to avoid the sexualizing of our youth. The best we can do is educate, educate, educate our children. We can't protect them from everything, but we can prepare them well if we invest the time.
Answer by PsWifey at 12:42 PM on Aug. 4, 2009