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The student media organization of California State University Northridge

Daily Sundial

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Advancements in feminism have taken a step back

We no longer live in a time where kissing on TV is considered racy. Gone are the days when women had to wear skirts that almost reached the floor.

Today, a woman can win thousands of dollars on a reality show just for looking hot. But unfortunately the constant stream of overtly sexy images of women has gone too far. It now resonates to a great extent with the tween audience.

Too many times I’ve walked past an 11-year-old in the mall whose shorts were shorter than I could ever have the courage to wear. Not to mention her face is covered with make-up and she’s sporting a midriff-baring top.

‘Dora the Explorer’ may not have been her fashion inspiration. No one has to be an extreme feminist to see what is going on here.

Never mind Playboy or HBO that offer racy shows. I’m referring to everything young girls have access to.

Consider cable TV, fashion magazines and events the whole family can attend.

Sexy women grace the pages of magazines and sexual images constantly surround us. Young girls involuntarily come across these skewed images of what a woman should look like.

Probably the worst display of sexual objectification of women I’ve encountered was on Jan. 17 in Anaheim, Calif., at the Supercross 2009.

The popular event featured top motocross riders battling on the track. Most riders are sponsored by an energy drink brand, such as Monster Energy and Rockstar.

Although it’s not a surprise that superstar motocross riders would want pretty women to represent their sponsor and stand at the podium with them, it appeared a line was crossed after the festivities.

The energy drink sponsors and trophy girls epitomized something that could only be categorized as sleazy. The Rockstar tent had women wearing next to nothing, dancing on top of tables while holding on to a pole.

I thought this was a motocross event, not a strip club.’

Even though strip clubs have their appeal, they should stay indoors.’ Every family that walked by with their young sons and daughters couldn’t help but stare.

What goes through a little girl’s head after she sees these women? Since most men were drooling over the models, a little girl might have thought, ‘This is what it takes to get attention from boys.’ Scary thought.

My fears were proven once I saw most of the tween and teenage girls who attended the event were a spitting image of the scantily clad, almost stripper-like energy drink models.
Women don’t have to reveal it all to be sexy.’ What’s left to the imagination?’ Tasteful sexiness is far more attractive.

Unfortunately, younger girls aren’t receiving this message. All they see are images of mostly naked, overtly sexy models.

As a high school volleyball coach for sophomore to junior girls, I saw how young girls can be influenced by these images. They acted and spoke as if they were in their 20s.

At that point all the problems we are facing today became very apparent.’ The more skin girls show, the further they go in life and the more popular they become.

Magazines and advertisements are the culprit. While Cosmopolitan and other magazines are great because they provide useful information for women and their libidos every month, the problem is these magazines reach a wide audience, including young girls. Half naked, gorgeous and toned women fill every page. What is a young girl supposed to think?

If the ideal woman is overtly sexy, gives it up right away and is viewed only as an item, then our society is going backwards. I’d rather see our young girls grow up to become strong, independent and sexy in a natural way.’

These days women make it to the top when they’re dancing on a table or around a pole at motocross event. I didn’t know our aspirations were so high.

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