Trying to skankify a new generation


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18 November 2006

Youngbuck has a good post about Bling Bling Barbie, the tip of the iceberg of feminists and a lot of modern women in general and their habit of trying to turn younger and younger girls into materialistic and sexualised objects, and his own concerns for his niece.

It reminds me of earlier this year when I went to visit my sister and brother-in-law. Naturally I bought presents for their three kids. For my nine-year-old niece I bought her a bag; not quite a handbag but not a schoolbag either, just a nice contemporary, casual girly bag, all pink and lilac, perfect for carrying books and toys. It seemed to go down well and my niece insisted on using it carry her stuff that night when she went over to a sleepover party with a few mates.

I walked my niece round to her friend’s house that evening and there she was greeted by her friend’s mother, who initially seemed okay; she was about 35, married, lived in a middle-class McSuburban home, although she did have a stupid tattoo of diving dolphins encircling her upper-arm. I didn’t see if she had a tramp-stamp but I wouldn’t be surprised if she did have.

When she saw my niece this woman started crooning “Oooh, that’s a sexy looking new bag you’ve got there! That really is sexy, you’ll be the centre of attention with that. You’ll catch all the boy’s eyes!

I wanted to smack this woman in the fucking face.

How the fuck can she feel she has the right – to say nothing of what on Earth motivated her – to say such a thing? My niece was nine-years-old, a kid on her way over to a sleepover with a few friends from school, not a friggin’ thirty-something Sex & The City character on her way out on the pull.

I’m not an ultra-prude who believes you should never say the S-E-X word in front of anyone under sixteen, but nonetheless that’s hardly the sort of comment to drool at a kid.

Why do some women believe it’s no big deal to say such shit? Imagine if, in front of her Uncle, a man told a nine-year-old girl (or boy for that matter) that “that’s a sexy looking bag you’ve got there! That really is sexy…” He’d get a punch from the Uncle before he could finish the sentence, and rightly so. Yet for some reason a significant number of women seem to think it’s fine to start treating children – particularly female ones – as if they’re just mini-adults, and these women project their own superficiality and skankness onto kids who don’t know any better.

My niece didn’t really know what the woman was on about, and after briefly boasting that the bag had a “special secret pocket” in the side to hold pens, and that it was from her fantastic Uncle Idaho, she scampered off to meet up with her mates in the house.

I went back to my sister’s where I mentioned the incident to her. Although she didn’t think it merited further fuss, my sister, being fortunately a well-adjusted lady, certainly agreed that it was a thoroughly inappropriate thing to say to a child.

posted by Duncan Idaho @ 2:48 PM
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At 4:19 PM, Anonymous said…

It starts early with the Barbies and the Disney Princess line. Disney has it figured out. They can start selling that useless bling bling shit in their stores to little girls at a young age. It’s a money maker for them. That crap is all made in china for about 10 cents a dress which sells for over $100 in the stores.

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At 5:04 PM, Anonymous said…

“I went back to my sister’s where I mentioned the incident to her. Although she didn’t think it merited further fuss, my sister, being fortunately a well-adjusted lady, certainly agreed that it was a thoroughly appropriate thing to say to a child.”

Sorry to be nitpicky, but I assume you meant a “thoroughly INappropriate thing to say to a child.”

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At 5:10 PM, Anonymous said…

I agree that it starts with Barbies and Disney princesses. Those things are not reality. Naturally, the feminists and other women will use the trite expression “They’re just playing pretend.” The problem with “playing pretend” is that reality often has a nasty way of slapping you in the face later in life when your pretend world doesn’t measure up to the real world.

This is why if I have a daughter or son in the future, both will receive an education in the real world once they’re old enough to understand the basics (say 5-6 years old).

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At 5:50 PM, Duncan Idaho said…

Sorry to be nitpicky, but I assume you meant a “thoroughly INappropriate thing to say to a child.”

That wasn’t being nitpicky, that was well spotted, anonymous, and you’ve saved me much embarrassment. Thanks! It’s now corrected.

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At 6:50 PM, Anonymous said…

She’s just trying to spread the ‘ho’ virus. Once a woman catches the ‘ho’ virus, she tries to infect other women with it.

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At 7:48 PM, nevo said…

It’s obvious really, women are the stupidest creatures in the planet.
Today while going up in a lift, there were some forty something chattering like chickens.
I could not help overhearing their unbelievable banal topic of conversation.
If I speak to a woman in a similar fashion, they’ll dismiss me as a total half wit.

NEVO

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At 8:19 PM, Anonymous said…

Totally agree. Pretty, or cool perhaps is the the only appropriate language to use in the presence of a 9 yr old girl.

This comment was a monster rant, but common sense prevailed.

We (those that couldn’t be arsed) have made the young people what they are. Fact

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At 4:41 AM, Anonymous said…

Completely inappropriate, and spot on, Duncan. If she had said that it was “cute” or “pretty”, that would be fine. Hell, even “all the girls will think it’s so adorable. Everyone will want it!”

But at 9, boys aren’t interested in girls. Boys still think girls are icky, and maybe cooties still exist; I have no idea how kids are these days.

What kind of mother uses that tone around children? She should be ashamed.

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At 1:31 PM, Javier said…

It’s ironic, but I just happened onto final Jeopardy while flipping channels the other day. The question was something like “what did [some movie producer’s name] say in 1934(?) that led to a big fine by the movie industry?”

Answer: SEX

We’ve come a long way – fortunately or unfortunately.

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At 4:50 PM, Anonymous said…

From a previous comment “Hell, even “all the girls will think it’s so adorable. Everyone will want it!”

I’m not sure even that type of expression is appropriate. It encourages materialism, namely, that the things you have will engender envy among your peers, so accumulate as much stuff as possible! Women’s self-worth is often intertwined with their ability arouse envy and jealousy in other women. It is how they express their superiority over other women.

Why encourage such behavior in young girls?

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At 2:22 AM, Anonymous said…

A very high percentage of adult women in the Western world are mentally ill.

MENTALLY ILL. This means depression, anxiety, bipolar II (on the very rapid rise in the US and UK), borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder. It goes on and on.

There is a reason why society evolved in such a way as to, for the most part, suppress women. It was actually for their own physical safety during far less safe times in human history. Now they’re all free to roam and say whatever pops into their little heads.

And God help you if you speak up about it publicly. So do it privately. Do it here. You are not alone.

We’re all sick of the whackettes.

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