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Is the USA's sexualization of children a double standard?

Asked by GeorgeGee (4925points) November 18th, 2010

Why do Americans scream bloody murder if a teacher hugs a student, while celebrating the sexualized success of a child actress like Milla Jovovich who Richard Avedon described as one of the “Most Unforgettable Women in the World” when she was only 12 years old?
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Seaofclouds's avatar

I don’t know anyone that celebrates the sexualized success of children. I’m sure there are some that do, but of the people I know, we all think it’s really sad that the children are put in the situations they are put it just so some modeling agency or movie producer can make an extra buck.

With that said, actual sexual actions by adults toward a child are different than a child being dressed in provocative clothing.

Joybird's avatar

The modeling industry and fashion industry certainly glorifies sexualized versions of children that they portray as adults. They also portray emaciated as “high fashion” in order to save a buck on cloth when that in no way represents norm or even beauty in the typical sense.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

In an assbackwards way, I agree with some of what you say – there are contradictory messages about children in our society and contradictory message to children in our society – young girls are increasingly sexualized (in that they’re so often encouraged to do adult outfits or activities for that ‘cute’ effect), especially through industries creating and then marketing to the ‘tween’ demographic. Otoh, any action can be misconstrued as abusive and anyone can call anyone else a pedophile, these days but unfortunately there are many people who take advantage of kids, as well and I’m glad more attention is brought to this issue.

tigress3681's avatar

How is she being sexualized?

Mamradpivo's avatar

Yes. Next question, please.

HoneyBee's avatar

Yes, it is really crazy if you think about it.
Society gives very mixed messages which produce very confused citizens that makes them ‘crazy,’ imho.

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