To the mom who is overly obsessed with the dress of teenage girls. Maybe change your priorities so that your righteous, perfect little boys don’t see girls as you do.
Also, in this post, why am I seeing a random picture of your chaste boys shirtless & flexing? Is this post about muscle tone, or your recent vacation day to the beach? No, it’s a judgmental post on what teenage girls wear in pictures posted on the internet. So… um… why did you chose THIS post to put up such pictures of your boys?
Being a woman in this world is tough. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there is a global trend to disrespect, degrade, declassify, and rape women. There’s a rape culture in the US, where comedians do stand-up routines where they make jokes about rape. Women are *literally* paid less than their male counterparts for the same work put forth.
Raising a young lady in this world, a world that objectifies women, is tough. [I am including you in this statement, because it is clear that you are objectifying these young girls]
I have a lot of little girls in my life. From newborn girls that my friends have, to teenage nieces. Guess what? I make a concerted effort to NOT tell them them how cute they are. They are FREAKIN ADORABLE. And yet, it takes so much willpower for me to not say that everytime I see them. Instead, I tell them how SMART they are. How FUNNY. How CHARMING. And CREATIVE. That they are STUBBORN & SASSY, but I wouldn’t trade that for the world, because so am I, and we are all FORCES. Forces for change. Forces to be reckoned with. Forces that will bestow compassion and love unto the world.
When raising a young girl, you tell her to hold her head up high and stand up straight, with your shoulders back. Well, I guess you see this pose as “a seductress with an arched back”. Why don’t you see her as I do? And because of the way you see her, you push that viewpoint onto those impressionable young boys that you’re raising. By your sexualizing these young gals, you’re making them sexualize the girls as well. Even if they weren’t in the first place. Why are you putting this spin on the girls?
People dress differently in different parts of our own country, let alone the world. When you looked at pictures in old National Geographic magazines, of tribal/aborigine people, did you sexualize them? I know I didn’t. Why is this objectification of women/girls the first thing that comes into your head when you look at pictures? Also, what makes you not think that these pictures of your boys & husband (??) in this post would NOT be seen in the same light? What an odd combination – this judgmental post on pictures with the particular pictures you chose.
Maybe teach your boys to not judge people by how they dress. Maybe they dress horrid. Maybe they are completely covered up – does that make them prudes? If they show skin, does that make them loose?
It seems to me that you are looking through your son’s fb news feed, actively searching for pictures that you think might be provacative, then bringing more attention to them by hiding those friends of theirs. What do you think this accomplishes? You realize that they can still go to that friend’s page, & they will likely inspect that picture, scrutinizing it to comprehend why it is so offensive to you? Do you want them to not be friends at all with this girl? So then, you’re teaching young men of tomorrow to shun women who may dress immorally (as defined by you). To judge, jury, & sentence women based on dress? But you don’t want us judging your boys, right?
Girls are raised from such a young age with these societal ideals of beauty that they must live up to. In every country. The view of beauty changes depending on culture, but all young girls face it. OUR GIRLS JUDGE THEMSELVES ENOUGH. THEY DON’T NEED YOU. Or your teaching your boys how to judge them.
Why are you not focused on raising your boys to respect women. Not to look at them as physical beings, but as complex personalities.
It’s not the responsibility of all the teenage girls to look and dress how you deem appropriate. However, it IS your responsibility as the mother of boys to make sure they grow up to treat others with respect. Not to differentiate between how they view other boys or girls.
What if your son is gay? Would it be inappropriate for them to be friends then with a young man who, say… posts a picture of himself and his brothers & father, shirtless & flexing on a beach? Wouldn’t your gay son find that a sexually-charged photo; one that would result in the blocking of that friend?
If you had faith in that you raised your sons to respect others for who they are on the inside, by the ‘content of their character’ instead of the physical package or dressing, you should trust them enough to view others in the proper light.
I’m not saying you’re a creep, I’m just saying your creepy.