As to the "sexualization of very young girls" (or ANY girls younger than 17 !!):
That is ENTIRELY within the control of the mother. Been there, done that. My mother-in-law gave our daughter Barbie dolls every couple of years from the time she was 7. But my daughter never saw them until she was about 10, and I could explain how weird these dolls looked and how they make little girls think that getting dressed over and over and over again was actually an amusement. She still has a box of these dolls and their clothes - unopened in their packaging - for future collection potential.
I myself toned down my apparel and beauty routines until she was a little older, so that I would not be modelling an over-emphasis on make-up, etc. as the way to "be a woman". I emphasized being active, intelligent, outspoken, affectionate, etc.
Once she was about 14, we fully enjoyed makeup, hair, clothing & shoes together as she grew older.
at 11:55 PM on Sep. 27, 2010