Sexualization is different from sexuality in that sexualization is something done to you, whereas sexuality is something you have. When children are sexualizes it is vile, because it send a cultural message that they are “available” for sexual interactions with the viewer … the adult viewer. This message makes my head fall off and explode. Let’s look, shall we, at this very sexualized model, Thylane Blondeau, who is a 10 year old French girl:
Explain to me why a little girl needs sexy-face? That child is in what? Fourth grade? She is a beautiful child, but she is a CHILD and does not need to be rendered into a sexual object of the male gaze! She needs to be left alone in her childhood. Even if she were posing in a non-sexy way, and wearing kids clothes, the look on her face is still too adult and sexual. WTF is wrong with the adults around her that they taught her the “come-and-fuck-me” look? Children that young should NOT know how to “smolder”. They should know the lyrics to Disney movies.
Apparently this child’s mother thinks this is fine and dandy, and doesn’t understand the uproar. Of course, her mom is an “entertainment reporter-turned-reality show contestant-turned-fashion designer” so she may not really understand the problem. After all, the girls is going to need to package and sell herself sooner or later, right?
The fashion industries’ response to all this? To introduce a line of lingerie for little girls ages 4-12, with photos of little girls in the lingerie in its advertisements.