Is strange to think that mere Barbie dolls were the latest crave for kids just a few years ago? Now they’re all into Bratz and playing dress up with mommy’s newest lingerie. To pre-teen girls, it is totally natural that they want to dress like porn stars. This is what they have been brought up with. So how do they know this behavior is not acceptable? Well, they don’t. The true beginning of the sexualization of these girls began when Barbie and Bratz dolls came outfitted in fishnet stockings and were plastered with makeup. These dolls were cleverly targeted towards young girls who had no standards of what separated trashy from classy. Now, companies that sold adult clothing can now start targeting their clothing line to a younger audience, hence, making more money.
Teen girls are a blank slate when it comes to determining what is right and wrong. A study conducted showed that 80% of young girls preferred the sluttier dressed Bratz doll compared to the modestly dressed Barbie doll. It was also concluded that all of the girls who preferred the sleazier dressed doll wanted to look exactly like the doll they had chosen. This is usually caused by the parents teaching the youth that looking and acting slutty is a normal thing to do. Once it is instilled in a young person’s mind that dressing provocatively is ok, then it is very hard to change this mindset later on in life. Healthy teens should identify themselves by their skills, talents, and abilities, not their sexual appeal. Teen girls see being sexy as empowering and many girls try to be sexual just to be seen as empowering, where in real life, they are following the trends.
More often then not, teen boys try to live a life with some kind of values, but are getting feedback from their female peers that it is not normal to live a “virgin life”, distorting the correct views the boy has built up. This is mainly caused by teen pop sensations such as Hannah Montana and iCarly that have been seen doing spontaneous acts and dress in clothes not meant to be worn by such young girls. All this exposure to the wrong media has led teen girls to accept these messages and act just like the charachters in the shows.
There are solutions to this ongoing issue, such as limiting media exposure and being more assertive, but without the media slowing down the pandemic of “being sexy and fit in or die trying” then there is nothing a concerned eye can do but sit and watch the youth of today become the adults of tomorrow.