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Friday, January 31, 2014

KNOW WHY YOU RARELY READ ABOUT ANOREXIC OR BULIMIC BOYS?

 
We're currently keeping our eight year-old niece while a family member is dealing with medical issues, and she's worried anytime she leaves for school without a basic touch of makeup for the day.
 
What's wrong with this picture?
 
 

8 comments:

Nan said...

Eight years old and wearing make-up? WTF?!

squatlo said...

Nan, she's allowed to play with makeup around the house, like a dress-up game, but not allowed to put it on if she's going out in public. Still, if we don't check her out before she gets in the car, she sometimes gets (as Eddie Izzard says) "tarted up a bit"...

To me, this is part of the mentality we dump on kids from birth forward, that they're not good enough like they are, they need to lose weight, get bigger boobs, worry about every imperfection, etc. I've dealt with way too many insecure young ladies in my lifetime, and nothing anyone says can convince them that they're beautiful. They're concerned that they don't match the magazine model, therefore they're unworthy or something.

Every Madison Avenue ad campaign reinforces the worst stereotypes, and we've raised generations of self-loathing women as a result.

Guys are told they have to have those rock hard six pack abs, but you don't see many men ashamed to leave the house because of it.

MRMacrum said...

Certainly cultural pressures don't help. But the way I see it, parents need to take some responsibility and rein in their kids. Peer pressure be damned. I hated my parents for not allowing me to buy my way into the "in crowd" with the hippest duds, shoes, etc. Now I am grateful.

bj said...

Saw this earlier .....:
http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/31/living/redefining-girly-melissa-atkins-wardy-parents/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
exactly what yer talking about.

Kulkuri said...

What's wrong with this picture?
An eight year old wearing makeup is what's wrong. Playing dress-up at home is one thing, but wearing makeup to go to school at that age is getting way ahead of the game.

squatlo said...

Kulk, I agree completely. In fact, it creeps me out if the kid is just playing dress up and has makeup on in the house. Reminds me of those beauty pageants for little kids, with the dance moms standing around going all Jersey Shore on one another.

Gag...

Ol'Buzzard said...

Kids (especially girls) are allowed by parents to appear sexual far to early... You can't blame the kids - it just demonstrates the parents lack of control. Allowing an eight year old to make that kind of decision makes you wonder what the parents are thinking.
the Ol'Buzzard

J.O.B. said...

As the Father of a nine year old I would have to agree with Buzzard. Kids are sponges SQ. The information that they retain, and the amount of time they retain it is ridiculous. When Princess was five she referred to a woman in the grocery store as a whore(Long story, but pretty funny). She did this because of something I accidentally said a year prior.

Anyway, my point is simple. You can only blame the parents. They are clearly letting your Niece read and/or watch material that is way beyond her scope and all she is doing is replicating that behavior. Now I don't want to sound too harsh because one of this girls parents is having a hard time right now and I hope everything turns out okay. But you can only blame the parents. For now, it is your house. You have every right to set your own rules as far as make-up outside of the house.