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Thu Jan 19, 2012, 11:59 AM

Preteen models... why yes, of course they're sexualized!

Cindy Crawford's Pre-Teen, Kaia, Latest to Go Pro (photos)
http://www.theimproper.com/33250/cindy-crawford-daughter-latest-preteen-pro-photos

Cindy Crawford has handed her 10-year-old daughter Kaia to the racy Italian luxury brand Versace to model it’s new children’s line. She looks over-sexualized in heavy makeup. Welcome to the latest modeling trend.

Kaia is one of a handful of pre-teen and early-teen models posing for fashion shoots for a number of top designer brands. The issue isn’t so much their age; rather the girls often wear adult-style makeup and clothes, even though they are modeling for children.

Anais Gallegher, the 11-year-old daughter of former Oasis singer-songwriter Noel Gallagher is also modeling professionally.

Gallegher is signed with Select Model Management, which also represents top models like Agyness Deyn, Natasha Poly and Victoria’s Secret model Erin Heatherton


Jezebel commented on how made up Kaia is in her picture, and how that and her wardrobe make her look older.

My problem is less with the makeup and clothes as with the overall sexualization, so I'm using this link instead.

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Reply Preteen models... why yes, of course they're sexualized! (Original post)
redqueen Jan 2012 OP
Bunny Jan 2012 #1
redqueen Jan 2012 #2
backtoblue Jan 2012 #3
redqueen Jan 2012 #4
backtoblue Jan 2012 #5
CrispyQ Jan 2012 #6
redqueen Jan 2012 #7
CrispyQ Jan 2012 #8
redqueen Jan 2012 #9
backtoblue Jan 2012 #16
redqueen Jan 2012 #17
seabeyond Jan 2012 #10
iverglas Jan 2012 #19
Neoma Jan 2012 #11
redqueen Jan 2012 #12
Neoma Jan 2012 #13
redqueen Jan 2012 #14
iverglas Jan 2012 #18
redqueen Jan 2012 #20
iverglas Jan 2012 #21
redqueen Jan 2012 #22
laconicsax Jan 2012 #15

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Response to Bunny (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 12:17 PM

2. Yep. This is our power - our looks, our youth, our sexuality.

So why put it off?

I mean we wouldn't want girls getting the idea that their power might reside in their education, their position in society, or anything silly like that. There are plenty of women in government and tons of tenured female professors. No reason to think there's any cause to re-think sending the message that women's power is in their looks. Heavens no!

And also, no need to worry about encouraging men to think of young girls as sexually aware and willing. That's not a problem at all.

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 12:32 PM

3. Well, for one thing

Skirts that short are against most school codes, especially for a 10 year old. This girl hasn't even reached puberty and she is being paraded in a sexualized manner. This kind of advertising is so harmful to both young girls and boys.

The girls want to dress like that and the boys will pay more attention to those girls.

Her pose in that picture is alarming as well. I've had people tell me that it would be ok because cheerleaders wear skirts even shorter than that. Don't get me started on cheerleading outfits! You don't see young men in shorts that crawl up their butt, do ya? No, they usually wear pants, while the girls trot around leaving almost nothing to imagination.


There should be protection laws against portraying children in this manner.

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Response to backtoblue (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 12:39 PM

4. Yeah, cheerleading outfits are another way to socialize girls to accept their role as the sex class.

And regarding the lack of equivalency (cause of course we can't be socializing boys to be the sex class)... don't get me started.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 12:43 PM

5. thanks for the link!

I remember when I played high school basketball that our shorts were uncomfortably short and the tops were form-fitted. Not only were we made to look "sexy", but it was hard to play when you had to worry about your shorts coming up and showing your womanhood!

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Response to backtoblue (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 01:07 PM

6. In our gym class, for many years, we got the same selection as the guys, only in girls sizes.

Nice, dark shorts that weren't too short & were out of rugged material that could withstand track & field & lots of washings! We wore white cotton tops that buttoned up the front & were loose & long enough to tuck in comfortably or wear out for the heavier girls. They had a nice loose 3/4 sleeve that you could roll up if you wanted & the fabric lasted.

Then in our junior year the girl's new gym outfits - no, not the boys - were these little jump suit type of outfit, that grabbed at your crotch whenever you did anything athletic & were made out of flimsy cotton. They were cut much shorter & tighter. We hated them. We petitioned the school for the old outfits but they wouldn't budge.

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Response to backtoblue (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 01:13 PM

7. I love the last line of that blog entry :)

Bring on the judo and soccer, indeed!

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Response to redqueen (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 01:15 PM

8. Unbelievable contrast.

snip...

...the women’s uniforms in the big sports are all skintight, while the men (with the exception of swimmers) are wearing looser with more coverage. Tigtog said it before, but I’ll say it again: minute increases in performance cannot account for this difference, otherwise the men would be in skintight clothing also.

No. It’s not about faster, higher, stronger. Women in sports are promoted as sexualised bodies for ogling; men are promoted as performers.


~emphasis added.

Our culture is so desensitized to this that most view these photos & don't see anything wrong - even many women.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 01:25 PM

9. Don't I know it. I used to bother pointing it out in the Sports forum on DU2.

Bet you can guess how that went over.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 20, 2012, 10:43 AM

16. OH, boy!

You walked straight into the lion's den with that one!

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Response to backtoblue (Reply #16)

Fri Jan 20, 2012, 11:32 AM

17. I know, what the hell was I thinking...




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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 01:26 PM

10. my son told me, olympic ths summer i told him last two olympics have turned me off. pin ups

not only have they done this without the "outfits" and oldest son and i just had a conversation about all this, but, the are now to personal clips on teh athletes. often times the ones of the women are no more than pin up, sexualized, caricature of them.

i did competitive sports for two decades. the most empowering was eing right there with the guys in our show all swim suits and people NOT sexualizing us.

it is all turned upside down on its head.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 23, 2012, 07:31 PM

19. one thing I liked

 

about our Olympians Jamie Salé and David Pelletier (apart from their charm) was the originality of many of their costumes, and especially her bucking of the trend for women figure skaters to look like strippers (not to the extent "ballroom dancers" do, of course).

In "Battle of the Blades" (a Canadian take on "Dancing with the Stars"
-- champion figure skaters paired with hockey players):


Losing to the Rooskies in 2002 (before our southern neighbours took
them to their hearts and they were awarded gold medals in a tie):


Not exactly the peak of egalitarianism, but within the confines of the figure skating universe, it stands out some.

Then I find Salé doing cheesecake photos in some "men's magazine" ...

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 01:55 PM

11. Now our culture is exploring a new way to profit.

Soft-core porn for pedophiles!

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Response to Neoma (Reply #11)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 02:05 PM

12. The cosmetic industry is worth $170 billion worldwide.

Clearly we need more 10 year olds thinking they should look like ... that.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 02:19 PM

13. I've never needed makeup.

I have clear skin. Why should I ruin that by putting crap on my face?

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 03:17 PM

14. And about those oh-so-sophisticated Europeans...

http://www.theimproper.com/fashion/3921/french-fashions-child-model-obsession-ignites-uproar-photos

I had planned to include a link before, but then decided against it. Now I've changed my mind, so... there's a little taste of what some people consider to be a great idea.

Gee, if only we were as sophisticated as those awesomely sexually liberated Europeans.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #14)

Mon Jan 23, 2012, 07:09 PM

18. funny about the French

 

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/24035647/ns/today-style/t/french-fashion-signs-charter-against-anorexia/

French fashion industry representatives signed a government-backed charter Wednesday pledging not to encourage eating disorders and to promote healthy body images.

The document, backed by the Health Ministry, asks signatories to promote "a diversity of body representations" and "not to show images of people that could help promote a model of extreme thinness."

The charter was signed by groups including the French Couture Federation, the French Federation for Women's Pret-a-Porter and the Union of Modeling Agencies, as well as some representatives of advertising and media.

... Guidelines have been in place in France since the 1980s to regulate French modeling agencies, including mandatory medical visits for models under 16.

Officials in other countries have taken much more dramatic measures to promote healthy body images. The Madrid fashion show bans women whose body mass-to-height ratio is below 18, while Milan bans models below 18.5.


And yet sexualizing the bodies of children -- plainly, doing this conveys and promotes the message that women's bodies should look like children's bodies, apart altogether from the abusive treatment of the children -- is cool.

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Response to iverglas (Reply #18)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:03 AM

20. Well it's good they're at least making an attempt to make an effort...

but they're focusing on the weight of the models rather than the sexualization, which is the issue with these preteen models.

Say the word 'sexualization' and a good 80-90% of the populace immediately sticks their fingers in their ears and goes "LA LA LAAAA!"

I do think some of those who avoid it don't do so because they think it's just fine that women are the sex class, though. I suspect some just avoid the subject entirely because bothering to speak up about it will definitely get you branded with all sorts of idiotic, nonsensical labels, even from your fellow progressives. Alas.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #20)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 04:43 PM

21. anorexic models

 

What's interesting about them, though, is that their bodies are child-like -- rail thin, no adult female characteristics, no menses ... that's the ideal being promoted: pre-pubescent girls, as played by women.

Then it becomes women played by pre-pubescent girls.

I think it's all tied up together. Yes, using child models for the images is abusive and exploitive of the children, directly. But indirectly, it's conveying a message about and to women: the younger and more child-like and less like a woman you are/look, the better.

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Response to iverglas (Reply #21)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 04:59 PM

22. Oh I definitely agree it's all tied up together.

It's disturbing in the extreme... in fact IMO it's downright sick.

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 11:04 PM

15. Ugh. n/t

 

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