Sarah S. pointed us to a blog post by Bluemilk about the recent outcry over 15-year-old Miley Cyrus on the cover of Vanity Fair (below) and the more general sexualization of little girls.
Bluemilk calls out Abercrombie and Fitch, Fred Bare, and, elsewhere, Bratz Dolls.
Abercrombie and Fitch marketed a pair of thong underwear that says “wink wink” and “eye candy” to ten-year-olds. The product was pulled after protests:
And Bratz Dolls, well, are Bratz Dolls:
Halloween costumes too (found here):
I think it’s interesting that the Miley Cyrus cover is getting so much negative press, when these other instances include girls who are so much younger. Thoughts?
Thanks to both Sarah S. and Bluemilk!
NEW! (Mar. ’10): Brad T. pointed out that the clothing company Zara often adultifies and subtly sexualizes the children used in its catalogs in a way similar to the Fred Bare images above. Brad says the print version of the catalog has more explicit examples of this than the website, but I don’t have a print version so these are the best I can get.
Notice the girl slightly lifting her skirt here, and the differences in their poses:
Also in the sexualization of young girls.