I had a friend email me a link to a great little article and video from Saturday’s Wall Street Journal. Essayist Jennifer Moses has written the piece, entitled “Why Do We Let Them Dress Like That?” It’s a very legitimate and timely question that has to be asked in this day and age of hurried children where just about everything (as we posit in our CPYU seminars) is sexualized. . . including stuff targeting the youngest of the young and even the youngest of the young themselves. Moses goes so far as to ask moms in the video interview (see below) if they might even be pimping out their daughters. This isn’t just something for the ladies to pay attention to. Dad, you should be checking this out as well as you consider the role you play in raising your sons and daughters with healthy attitudes towards sexuality.
A couple of weeks ago I was showing Miley Cyrus’s video for her song “Who Owns My Heart.” While I was watching, it dawned on me that all the talk we hear about sexual trafficking and young girls should carry over into the images we pump into the lives of, again, the youngest of the young. If Miley Cyrus was only 17 when she made that video, could that be considered trafficking?