So, if you’re like me and raising a daughter, have you noticed it’s not getting any easier making sure she knows her worth isn’t in her looks? Do you, like me, fear her highest aspiration will be only to be a Real Housewife, or God forbid, a Bachelorette? Luckily, my daughter has two older brothers, so she is constantly exposed to their toys, books, and shows. She’s into action, so it wasn’t too surprising when she asked for a Wonder Woman party for her birthday last year.
Now, the superhero world is clearly male-dominated, sure, but did you know it’s practically impossible to buy Wonder Woman or Super Girl party decorations, toys, or clothes? When it comes to girls’ toys, entertainment, and clothes, your choice is pretty much pretty much princess, diva, or brat. And even if you do see a strong, capable female in the media, she’s always all tarted up. I’m looking at you, Lara Croft.
For further example, the new Justice League comic is out. And sure enough, Wonder Woman is hypersexualized. Here’s some fun via Bleeding Cool: let’s see what the male superheroes look like when they’re posed like Wonder Woman (complete with the actual rendering of her at the bottom):
Men would never stand for such nonsense. I mean really, people. It’s 2011. Are you basing your daughter’s worth subtly on her looks? Are you praising your son for his efforts and your daughter for how pretty she is? Why are young girls’ clothes getting sluttier and sluttier? Related: my daughter’s young behind will never sport a message, thanks. When I see a pre-teen girl wearing the word “Juicy” across her behind, I fear a future on the pole for her.
And speaking of poles, shouldn’t we be a little embarrassed we’re speaking about poles? Pole dancing has come out of the strip clubs and into the fitness clubs. Ten year old model Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau is featured spread out suggestively in the name of “fashion.” Suri Cruise rocks high heels at age four. What’s next? A porn career for Dora the Explorer?
Seriously, folks. If you’re parenting, gain some awareness about how you interact with your daughter. If you’re a female, check yourself. Are you sending the message of body acceptance? Or are you reinforcing the message that you are who you wear…and it better not be over a size 6? Make sure she understands her worth is based on the content of her character and how she behaves, not the size of her behind or what brand’s stamped on it. Oh, a little princess fun can’t hurt anyone. But raising a generation of women who think the only vehicle to success is being hot? Then I’m pretty sure the terrorists win.