For spring break this year I met up with some family in Edisto Island SC. I was inspired to write this blog post because of my ten year old female cousin, Dallas who was there. It had been about a year since the last time I had seen her. This time, it was hard to even recognize her and it looked as if she had aged a whole three years. I later found out that she had gotten hi-lights and had her uni-brow waxed off (she’s a pretty hairy chick). She was wearing glitter on her eyes and had red lip gloss on. The stuff she would say even sounded like she was more grown-up. I was shocked! I would never have been allowed to get hi-lights when I was that age, I probably didn’t even want them at that age. It made me wonder if this is typical with most females my cousin’s age. Are young females slowly transforming into “women” at younger ages?
Take a look at this video (You might want to mute it if you watch. I found the music to be pretty annoying).
Whoa check out the girl’s shirt at 1:35. “A work in progress” written over her breasts, and “good to go” written across the stomach with an arrow pointing down towards her crotch. This girl looks to be only about 11-13 years old. Where could a girl buy something like this anyways?
I personally am never around this age group since I live right around the ODU campus. So after reading the article http://www.familycircle.com/teen/parenting/sex-talk/growing-up-too-fast/ The Sexy-Girl Syndrome by Deborah Swaney I learned that this is happening to many young girl, not only Dallas. She mentions something about the popular Bratz dolls which wear a full face of heavy make-up, skimpy outfits, high heels, and boy Bratz to also play with. My cousin has a huge collection of these dolls. I feel that dolls like this do in fact play a major role in why most young females are trying to grow up faster by acting and wearing things that are more mature for the girl’s age. Besides young girl’s dolls, I feel that their musical icons, such as Miley Cyrus, and TV shows definitely help contribute. Not to mention older siblings also usually pressure the younger one to be more like them so they can feel more grown up. When I asked my little cousin why she wanted hi-lights, she answered me by saying that almost all the girls in her class have it done, and her older sister (my cousin who is my age), had recently gotten her hair hi-lighted, and she thought it was pretty.
Here is another video which I thought used very good images to help and express this idea. Jasmine Man’s poem – “Little Girl” is read in the back ground to show how girls today are affected by the media. (Just a warning-The Poem is very vulgar)
When will this slow down? Or will girls just sontinue and be a grown women at a younger and younger age?