It doesn’t just happen on Halloween

Posted by: ST on October 31, 2007 at 9:16 am

The Washington Post and Newsweek both have up articles this week which discuss how risque Halloween costumes for young girls have gotten over the last several years due to their popularity which, to me, has become the scariest part of Halloween.

But as Michelle Malkin noted in a post yesterday, the sexualization of young girls doesn’t just happen on Halloween. It goes on year-round.

And you don’t just see the sexualization of young girls on TV and in magazines anymore. As I’ve written here before, the sexualization of young girls – and boys, for that matter – can start from a very young age … at the child’s elementary and/or junior high school, courtesy of sex ed classes that on the surface (we’re told, anyway) are designed to teach kids about “safe sex” but in actuality encourage them to engage in sexual activity whether it be the actual act itself or some form of it which, for all intents and purposes, is essentially the same thing. Or they’ll encourage kids to “explore” whether or not they are “really” heterosexual. And this attempt at sexualizing kids under the guise of “educating” them doesn’t just happen in the schools. We see it from groups like Planned Parenthood, where they’re known for using cartoons to make condom use more appealing to young kids.

With mess like this ingrained into our culture, it’s got to be harder than ever for parents to instill in their children the values they need to grow up and be self-confident, independent, mature, productive, responsible, respectable members of society.

No matter how much more uphill the battle gets, whether one is a parent or not, we must never give up the culture war battle – the protection of the innocence of our children depends on our remaining both vigilant and outspoken.

BTW, Captain Ed will be interviewing one of my favorite culture warriors, Carol Platt Liebau, about this very issue – and her new book Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Damages Girls (and America, Too!) – on Heading Right Radio tomorrow at 3pm ET. Make sure to tune in.

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4 Responses to “It doesn’t just happen on Halloween”

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  1. Xanthippas says:

    As I’ve written here before, the sexualization of young girls – and boys, for that matter – can start from a very young age … at the child’s elementary and/or junior high school, courtesy of sex ed classes that on the surface (we’re told, anyway) are designed to teach kids about “safe sex” but in actuality encourage them to engage in sexual activity whether it be the actual act itself or some form of it which, for all intents and purposes, is essentially the same thing. Or they’ll encourage kids to “explore” whether or not they are “really” heterosexual. And this attempt at sexualizing kids under the guise of “educating” them doesn’t just happen in the schools. We see it from groups like Planned Parenthood, where they’re known for using cartoons to make condom use more appealing to young kids.

    Well OF COURSE it’s the liberals’ faults. After all, it’s quite plain that enabling kids to not get deadly STDs is the same things as encouraging them to dressy up as sexy nurse wenches for Halloween.

    That’s ridiculous. In case you haven’t noticed, the “family values” crowd has been ascendent the last several years. Despite making it ever more difficult to get a decent sex education, to get prophylactics, or to get an abortion, there are millions of parents out there who somehow think it’s okay for their kids to dress up in sexy costumes. Do you think they’re all liberals? I don’t! I find it remarkably strange that in supposedly conservative America we practice more overt sexualization of young girls than any other Democracy in the world, despite the fact that many of those countries are more liberal than we are politically.

    Here’s an idea: let’s teach kids about sex, about how it’s really something they ought not to do until their older AND about how they can protect themselves if they decide to do it anyway. Let’s teach them that their bodies are something they take care of, and not a tool to attract or keep a guy around. Let’s have honest talks with them about this sort of thing, so they don’t grow up learning about it from what their friends read in porn magazines they’ve found. Let’s put an end to the crass comercialization of women that is a hallmark of our society, that both liberals and conservatives permit and indulge in. Let’s do everything BUT bury our heads in the sand and expect kids to magically grow up pure in heart and in body.

    This is not a liberal/conservative issue. This is an issue for our country, and it’s one that both sides ought to be able to get behind.

  2. Here’s an idea: let’s teach kids about sex, about how it’s really something they ought not to do until their older AND about how they can protect themselves if they decide to do it anyway. Let’s teach them that their bodies are something they take care of, and not a tool to attract or keep a guy around. Let’s have honest talks with them about this sort of thing, so they don’t grow up learning about it from what their friends read in porn magazines they’ve found. Let’s put an end to the crass comercialization of women that is a hallmark of our society, that both liberals and conservatives permit and indulge in. Let’s do everything BUT bury our heads in the sand and expect kids to magically grow up pure in heart and in body.

    That’s all you needed to post – what you wrote before it contained multiple factual errors as well as misrepresentations of remarks I (and other culture warriors) have been making for years on the issue of sexualizing children, which I may address later when/if I have the time to do so.

    This is not a liberal/conservative issue. This is an issue for our country, and it’s one that both sides ought to be able to get behind.

    It shouldn’t be a liberal/conservative issue, but unfortunately it is because liberal ideas like “comprehensive” sex ed (aka “family planning”), which was an idea pushed by liberals in the late 60s, and the liberal “free love” movement of the 60s is part of what helped along the cultural downward spiral we continue to see today. I won’t let you whitewash the liberal role in that just because you’d rather gloss over it instead of examining what went wrong in an effort to not repeat those same mistakes in the future.

  3. Great White Rat says:

    In case you haven’t noticed, the “family values” crowd has been ascendent the last several years.

    We can debate the level of “ascendancy” another time, but you’re right that the subject has certainly received more attention. Have you bothered to ask yourself why? Do you think the resurgence of interest in strong moral fiber appeared out of thin air? Do you think more than a hundred million Americans simultaneously awoke one morning and decide those values are important?

    The increased focus on moral values is a reaction to the left’s assault on those values since somewhere in the late 1960s. Deriding and attacking religion, traditionally the guardian and nurturer of those values, has been a staple of the liberal approach all that time. To this we can add other liberal perspectives, such as advocating little or no personal responsibility for one’s actions and policies that server to weaken or destroy the family unit. Oh, and have you noticed the garbage that flows out of Hollywood? Are you going to try to tell me that place isn’t a stronghold of liberalism?

    I can agree with your last two paragraphs, but as ST said, don’t try to pretend the liberals had nothing to do with the campaign to oversexualize women. Accepting responsibility for what you’ve done is the first step toward correcting the problem.

  4. Lorica says:

    And there is absolutely no corelation between this and the rise in sexual predators indulging their evil desires. Nope none whatsoever.

    My concern for these types of costumes are mine, I would not allow my daughter to dress like this, even tho I don’t have a daughter yet. There is a standard that should be met in everyday life, and that standard should not be ‘bent’ just because of a supposed special event. That being said, I also believe that part of the reason you are seeing this is due to availablity. If the clothes comes from closet and the makeup from the dresser, there is no additional costs. I personally would rather spend abit of money and turn my little Princess, into a little Angel.

    As far as sex ed., I have never been a big fan and I had it in the 7th grade. I do believe that it encouraged some of my classmates to experiment, especially the boys. When it comes to this sort of thing, it really should be left to the parents. This is just another one of the things that parents won’t do if the state takes over their responsibilities. – Lorica