Tuesday, December 11, 2007

this is feminism??

what is the world coming to?

this article reports that a WAG (a british term for the 'wives & girlfriends' of soccer stars) is writing a book of fashion & style tips geared toward 10-12 year old girls.

this article makes the excellent point that feminism (which, let me be clear, i have some issues with anyway) has been twisted to the point where "the new female imperative is that it is only through promiscuity and sexual aggression that girls can achieve admiration and recognition." and i think it's right.

would the world come to an end if a 10 year old wore mismatched clothes? would it collapse if she played outside in the dirt instead of worrying that her shoes don't match her backpack? does an 8th grader have to "put out" to be worthwhile? isn't smart sexy? don't intelligence & character play a role in here somewhere? why is it that "inner beauty" has become a tongue in cheek insult?

the pendulum has swung far enough in this direction. i don't know how to push it back, but for the sake of my daughters you'd better believe i'm going to try.


nick tripp said...

Found in the Juniors section of the Wal-Mart in Cary, NC...


It is indeed a sad future our society is setting young women up for.

rachel said...

oh. my. gosh.

Annie said...

I'm pushing it back right there with you!