I can’t shake the feeling that I am aging by leaps and bounds lately. That has nothing to do with the fact that I totally lost bladder control while on a trampoline with my daughters today. But yea, that happened, too.
What makes me feel old is that I am more and more appalled by the younger generations. I seriously have to restrain myself from smacking certain teenie-boppers in the mall or buying a cane for the sole purpose of whacking kids attempting to walk and text simultaneously.
It wasn’t so long ago I was a teen myself (at least it doesn’t feel that long ago), but I am quickly becoming the cranky old lady who rolls her eyes and says, “Kids these days.”
The latest eye-roll-inducing moments for me came after reading two separate reports this week. The first is about Victoria’s Secret’s PINK brand being marketed to tweens. The lingerie brand once targeted college students and is now aiming for 15-year-olds. And with marketing antics like having Justin Bieber appear on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the sexy brand is even enticing 13-year-olds.
One mom blogged about the development saying, “What’s wrong with having fun, bright-colored underwear? Girls change all the time in front of each other — for sports or recreational activities that require it, at slumber parties or camp, for the school play … no one wants to be the girl with the ugly underwear. … That being said, if I ever see a lacy red bra or g-string marketed for my kid, you can bet I’ll have something to say about it — and it won’t be pretty.”
That’s a fine thought, but it’s a slippery slope. How much lace is too much? How thin is an actual g-string? Middle school is way too young to be worried about how sexy your underwear is or to even begin to think about dressing up your lady parts for someone else’s approval.
The second news item this week was an article about Internet porn reaching younger boys. Either through innocent google queries or a deliberate search, boys are being exposed to pornography at younger ages. Parents are having “the talk” with 8-year-olds who have seen sexual things on their own or their friends’ computers. And according to NBC news, now “the talk” isn’t just about the good old-fashioned birds and the bees; it includes things like “Daddy, why do men wear masks when having sex with women?”
Reading both of these articles in the same sitting made me want to cry and scream at the same time. It’s no wonder the LDS church recently tacked on a new value to the motto for its Young Women: virtue.
That’s a value in short supply in a world where pornographers feed images to young boys showing women as objects for gratification, and clothing companies willingly step up to dress girls for the part.
What do you think about sexualization at such young ages? Is it worrisome or am I just five cats shy of becoming the cranky old lady down the street?