Are any of you doll collectors? I used to have an aunt who was a painter and travelled the world to experience scenery to paint. She always brought back expensive dolls from the different countries for my sister and me – although, it was all kind of wasted on me, as I was more of a stuffed-animal kid! But I’m guessing these dolls pictured above are pretty expensive.
Oops! These aren’t dolls, they’re HUMANS! And they’ve even been human for – oh, 3 or 4 years!!! Yep, these are little kids who just learned to walk around the last time you remembered to make a dentist appointment! These are kids from the tv show Toddlers and Tiaras, which I’ve ranted about in the past. They put fake hair, fake eyes (contacts), fake teeth (called “flippers”), fake color (spray tans), fake everything on these kids, and then want to win an award – I mean, it blows me away that grown people do so much to change their appearance, but to do it to little kids who should be playing in comfortable clothing and getting dirty and having fun? Disgusting. I don’t even want to say what I think of their parents. What a way to teach someone they’ll be rewarded for NOT being themselves!
The worst is the sexualization of these little kids; it not only hurts them, but it hurts our society. Of course, we see the sexualization and objectification of women all over society. And the superficial and fake portrayal of females is everywhere, as well. Women appearing in magazines are often majorly airbrushed so that not only minor flaws are hid, but their weight is reduced! The airbrushing genuises end up presenting a “norm” of females that is unattainable by real women, and it creates young girls and women who feel even *more* inadequate than society has *already* made them feel since they were old enough to be self-conscious.
Well, enter an eighth grader named Julia Bluhm! This kid is not only already aware of the airbrushing done by magazines and the abnormality of the women presented as “normal”, but she already has the fire in her belly to address it! What’s more, she succeeded in making a change! Julia wrote to the magazine Seventeen, confronted them on their airbrushing antics, and challenged them to present one real woman in each issue sans airbrushing. She did this by starting a petition which garnered – ready? – 84,000 signatures! And Julia won much more than she asked for – Seventeen actually decided to stop all airbrushing (save for incidental minor things), and also stated that they would show women of all shapes in sizes in each issue! Wow!
Here’s Julia in her own words:
“For the sake of all the struggling girls all over America, who read Seventeen and think these fake images are what they should be, I’m stepping up,” Julia wrote. “I know how hurtful these photoshopped images can be. I’m a teenage girl, and I don’t like what I see. None of us do.”
I can tell you, I’d much rather have a smart, strong, assertive daughter like Julia, than a poor kid I turn into a fake doll! Julia gives me a lot of hope. I often write off the “third wave”, but maybe there’s hope for the fourth!
Way to go, kiddo!
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