I'm not often shocked, but today I am.
Ok... let me summarize my thoughts first.
The model. Thylane Loubry Blondeau. Beautiful young girl, with a totally normal girls desire to look beautiful. Nothing wrong with her. I hope her modeling career will turn out great and make her rich and happy (assuming thats what she will want for herself when she grows up)))
Parents. Don't know what they were thinking about. No words...
The possible implications for the society. Legitimization of the sexualization of children. Not even teens, now we're talking pre-teens. Whats next?
Now I dont have children, but had I had a daughter similar age (Thylane is 10) I'd be more worried for her in the world where such images would be deemed appropriate.
If you have read my blog or seen my videos on youtube, you know I'm the last person to be blamed for puritanic views or hatred of sexuality.
Sexuality is a wonderful part of our lives, but - gee - is it too much to expect to endorse it only in the case of the consenting adults?
Some say what people see in these images is solely their own problem, its 'in the eye of a beholder'. We do differ in our perceptions, but we are also influenced by what we see.
There is a reason we bar smoking advertising on tv - because it changes our perspective. What we observe also forms our views.
The pictures of young girls dressed up as adult women, wearing the make-up, the jewellery and even having a serious adult look in their eyes invite us to see those girls the way we naturally see mature women. And this is sick.
If someone looks at children and thinks of them as sexual objects - thats pedophilia, and this is totally the problem of the sick individual. But when we help such persons see sexual objects in kids by stressing on the similarities between them and grown up women?..
Don't we have enough pedophiles already? Now lets send them a message that we are all latent perverts who approve of seeing kids in the erotic light. Lets give all the potential pedophiles the justification for pursuing their fantasies with the thought that they're not really that sick, even the famous magazines share their views!
Kids should do modeling, but they should be shown the way they are, not through the perverted fantasies of the producers. Kids are beautiful the way they are.
Its not all in the eye of the beholder, theres also the message a picture is conveying. Just compare these two examples of child modeling
We get used to things that - at first - come about as disturbing. For example, the violence on TV. At first we are shocked, disgusted, terrified, then time goes by and we do not even turn away from the scenes that bothered us so strongly at first.
If the trend with pre-teen girls continues, it can become a norm, but do we want it to?
Do we want other 10-year-olds seeing models their age on bigboards wearing stilettos and make-up? What kind of example is that?
Wouldn't we rather let children stay children and let them decide when they're ready to explore their sexuality?
We should avoid drawing parallels between mature women and young girls. Because after drawing parallels comes blurring the lines.
French Vogue... apparently is turning... into the 'pedophiles delight'...