I'm not the kind of blogger who publishes rants on this blog but this this time I'm making an exception.
One issue has been playing on my mind for a long time and I've kept quiet but the time has come to speak out. What is this issue?
It's the blatant sexualisation of our children by THEIR OWN PARENTS!
What kind of mother takes their four year old daughter for regular spray tans? Really. What planet is the mother on? 4. Four year olds should be allowed to be children and not turned into a pint sized replica of the mother. It is wrong, it is disgusting and it needs to stop. But this situation isn't limited to spray tans.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes's daughter Suri was recently spotted being collected from school wearing red lipstick. WTF? Surely celebrities shouldn't be at the forefront of sexualising their own children? This isn't the first time the power couple have demonstrated poor parenting either. Suri has been seen out and about in heels since the age of three. Little girls love to play dress up but its usually at home in shoes that are ten sizes too big and lipstick that veers uncontrollably over the outside of their lips. It is rumoured that Suri is adept at expertlyt applying her own makeup with precision. Five year olds should be learning to read and not learning the intricacies of makeup application. It is also rumoured that Suri has an obsession with high end designer labels and prefers clothes shopping to toy shopping. There are also parents out there teaching their 7 year old girls to pole dance & 4 year olds to wear padded bras.
What is wrong with a child looking and acting like a child? Have some parents lost all perspective? This image obsessed culture is over sexualising our children. Where will it end? Nose jobs for 3 year olds. Breast implants for 8 year olds?
I may be overreacting but it makes me so angry, just as I was angry at the Vogue shoot that featured pre-pubescent girls caked in makeup, wearing sexy dresses, heels and posing provocatively. Although what more can I expect from a magazine that caused a lot of upset by calling ethnic African earrings 'Slave Earrings'. Seriously Vogue is quickly becoming my least favorite magazine. But I digress!
It is time children were taught that they're beautiful as they are. That they don't need to dress provocatively, be caked in makeup or slap on the fake tan to look and feel beautiful. That beauty comes from within and that you should dress for yourself and not for the opposite sex. Let us empower the younger generation and maybe a lot of the problems we have in society due to our image obsession (like the rise in teen suicide and eating disorders) will fall.
What are your thoughts on this emotive subject?