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I didn’t want to post on this May 17, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in foolishness, scandals, Society.

Ufff, I hate this.  I started seeing these videos last Wednesday, and they make me want to throw up.  I didn’t want to put them on my blog, but I will, because the excuse that ‘oh, this was a one time thing and taken out of context’ is complete BS.  What am I ranting about?  Little girls, my daughter’s age, prancing around like painted face hussies – and that is being charitable.

When this video broke last week, the parents said ‘you don’t understand, this is theat-uh’, or that ‘this was for a specific contest, they don’t normally wear this, this is taken out of context,’ etc., etc.,.  Oh, really?  Not so much……..

That is awful.  I can’t imagine my daughters being dressed like this.  And they’ve been in dance for the last 7 years or so.  They’ve never dressed like this, and if they were asked to, we’d find a new dance instructor.  Give me a break – not only is the dress inappropriate, but they’re making plainly sexual dance moves and the only thing missing from their routine is the obligatory stripper’s pole.  I’d never let my kids out in public dressed like that – no, not even to a beach or swimming pool.  My daughter’s dress beautifully, and have too  much self-respect to go strutting around like so many people today. 

We live in an incredibly schizophrenic society.  At the same time as states are passing laws demanding children up to 8 years old be in car seats, and some are advocating that these seats face the rear, and for “safety seats” up to 16(!!), we dress up our children like slatterns and have them prance around stage.  At the same time as society puts full body armor on a kid out riding a skateboard, we have 4 year olds fulfilling mom’s need for adulation by being “beauty pageant” contestants.   We have a society that tries to both infantilize children and hyper-sexualize them at the same time.  That’s an unhealthy combination – it leads to a sexual atmosphere of no-consequences that encourages acting out and is a factor in teen pregnancy rates. 

These little girls are being taught, intentionally or not, that displaying their sexual nature (9 year olds!!)  in a very graphic manner for all the world to see is a positive good.  It’s inherent in the few clothes they wear and the nature of the routine – gallavanting about provacatively in your underwear, when you’re a little child, is a good thing.  Go do it!  

Now, there is alot of outrage about this.  The parents are being questioned publically about their allowing this to happen.  Depending on the source, this righteous indignation could be either well placed or hypocritical.  I’m sure there are people upset about this who don’t think twice about their daughter dressing provacatively – after all, it is the style.  There are alot of parents who may let their kids see movies or TV shows featuring very graphic sexuality.  When a society has become as overly sexualized as ours has, there is alot of culpability to go around.  This isn’t some bizaare outlier, and while seeing this is horrifying to many, alot of those horrified people will think nothing of their visiting some porn site later in the day, or themselves wearing those spike heels and ultra short mini.  Our entire society over the last several decades has oriented itself towards a sexual self-indulgence not seen since…..I don’t know when, Rome?  

If we don’t like seeing things like this, we all need to take a look at the TV shows we watch, the movie stars we favor, the clothes we wear, the music idols we see, everything.  I’m sure these parents aren’t freaks, they just happen to be a group that has made either a uniquely poor judgement, or there is alot more of this going on that we haven’t seen yet.  The problem is the culture itself – when stiff necked repressed no-fun religious types like me have warned over the years that allowing a few sexual excesses here and there will create a culture of sexual permissiveness and self-indulgence, the general response has been a thumb of the nose, and a notion that religious types or social ‘conservatives’ are anachronisms that just don’t get it.  Perhaps.  But perhaps we should all look in the mirror, for if we continue to allow such a hyper-sexualized culture, it won’t be long before we see far, far worse on our youtube players.


1. TravelerWithChrist - May 17, 2010

I don’t care if my little girls are 3 or 33, I don’t want to see (or hear about) them wearing such clothing, or dancing like that – ever.

What message are we as parents sending to our children? The girls get the message their parents are denying – they got quite a reaction from their dress, and their dance, and they’ll remember next time they want attention what got it for them in the past.
All humans seek love and attention. We can’t bury our heads in the sand. We need to teach our children while they are young that only God can give us the true love we all seek.

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