I viewed the CBC Doc Zone documentary Sext Up Kids. Initially I felt a bit shocked but the more I thought about it – the more it makes sense. As young girls I am sure the majority of us innocently played princess! Little did we know that we were being groomed to the ideation of looking and acting a certain way.
A quote that stood out from the documentary was, “little girls are going from toddlers to teenagers with just about nothing in between.” I agree that this is true. I reflect on my time as young pre-teen girl. I would revel in the thought of spending my days outside. I never obsessed over make-up and clothing. I look back at some photos from school – and clearly style was not a priority for me… yikes. During internship I did notice the girls looking a lot different then I had at that age. Girls are definitely dressing up and wearing make-up which makes them appear a lot older than they are.
I think about who the young women are looking up to! These singers, actresses, and models often portray a hyper-sexualized, unrealistic image! I was thinking about Cosmo – a magazine that i had read occasionally. I pulled up a google search and these were the first few that popped up!
Images from http://www.cosmopolitan.com
If you notice the titles of the articles about sex, they all seem to be catered to pleasing a man, ex. 50 Ways to Seduce a Man, 75 Sex Moves Men Crave. You get the idea. What is this teaching young girls? The target audience is geared towards “young adults.” Obviously there is no way of monitoring this. The majority of the women on these covers are also scantily clad and posing in a sexual manner.
I am a bit concerned when I have children. I hope that this hyper-sexual world that we live in begins to level out! I am not sure that this will be the case. I know as teachers we can have these conversations to shed light on positive digital identity, self-esteem, and self-worth. I truly believe that these conversations need to begin at home. Being open with your children as they grow up is key!
This is a heavy topic, so I will leave with a bit of humour. This humour is coupled with disbelief. In this video men play the part of women in different popular ads. As you watch, note the way that you feel!