Have you walked down the toy aisle of a store lately? If you ever wondered if our culture is overly sexualized, all it takes is a stroll down the pink aisle of a toy department to obtain your answer.
Row after row of dolls made to look like women, complete with excessive makeup, pencil thin figures and overly augmented bust sizes. Clearly, our culture is sending a message to our little girls:
Your value comes from your body.
Even Disney, a company many view as one for children, has changed the physique of their Disney Princesses to display skinnier waistlines and more sultry looking facial expressions (as displayed in the photo above that I snapped today in a local store). Is it any wonder our young people have a skewed view on sexuality and worth today?
Gail Dines is the author of Pornland , a professor of sociology and women’s studies at Wheelock College in Boston, and a global expert on the impact of pornography on our culture today. She spoke at the World Summit to End Human Trafficking at the Carter Center last year. She had this to say,
Our entire culture is getting our girls porn ready.”
Our television programs, movies, music and other forms of media have learned sex sells and they’re using it. Dines went on to say,
Our children are offered dolls that ooze sexuality. Actors and actresses parade around in clothing, and I use that term loosely, that could double for lingerie no matter what time of day you turn on your television. Television commercials for programs like Satisfaction, Scandal, and others with extreme sexual content are shown throughout the day promoting sex at every turn.
All of these actions send powerful messages to our culture and create a breading ground for the acceptance of sexual exploitation. We’ve become numb to what is happening right beneath our noses.
Victims of sexual exploitation are forced to wear outrageous amounts of make up, wigs, lingerie or costumes to become something they are not, an object that exists for the pleasure of another.
How is this possible in the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Because we aren’t outraged by it! We don’t demand things change in our media and in the products being sold to our children. We don’t take a stand!
Edmund Burke once said,
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Fortunately, there are organizations and individuals who are trying to make a difference in the way our children perceive themselves and others. Tree Change Dolls and its founder and artist, Sonia Singh, are trying to make a difference.