I don't think these girls are dressing l like that to have sex, most aren't. Most are just influenced by peers, society, fashion trends and reality tv skanks. I don't think teenage girls want sex, they want validation. Validation that they are wanted and loved. Saw a scary stat that 1-4 teens is preggers in the U.S. Wow! I will not let my daughter dress like a hooch, if I can help it. But I changed in the bathroom at school to avoid my parents. What we wear does represent us to some degree because it is people's first impression.
You are right in that young girls are looking for validation --- they want to be construed as SEXY even if they don't want to actually have SEX. Which is a giant problem in my eyes! In addition to the 1 in 4 stats w/ regard to pregnancy, I read an article in NPR which indicates that a large majority of young girls in 6th grade are already engaging in oral sex. I find that terrifying! My niece is about to start high school, so this is quite pertinent to what she will be surrounded by every day. I got into an argument with someone via Twitter regarding not judging people based on what they wear, but I found her argument flimsy at best. If you're holding an interview, you're not going to hire someone who couldn't even be bothered to dress half decently (unless you're a sick old perv who enjoys looking down a girl's blouse, in which case you're still judging the prospective employee's attire). If a person who is dressed like a hoodlum enters my husband's store, staff must assume that the individual is indeed a hoodlum, up to no good, & potentially looking to steal something. I don't know why anyone would want to steal dog food, but HEY, it happens, okay? The woman said I shouldn't judge people based on what they wear. I said she was judging my judgement, which seemed to go against her proscription not to judge --- to which she responded that it's "perfectly rational to judge another person's ideals". Truth be told, she left me a bit baffled.
Did you know that scientists are predicting males are going to wiped out completely? I was watching The Most Extreme on Animal Planet and there's a lizard species that is ALL female and they reproduce asexually. And there was a case of some sea creature (shark maybe) that's beginning to breed asexually, too. And apparently the Y chromosome is getting smaller and smaller. This might explain the sudden rise in lesbianism. When I was in middle school, it was considered cool to be a lesbian or bisexual and any girl who wanted to be cool suddenly became a "lesbian" and then later learned they were really straight. Who knew, right? *rolls eyes* And in China, where they happily abort daughters, there was a case of their males becoming gay because of the lack of females. So now there's a daughter aborting ban or something. But in lieu of the clothing and whatnot, I think it might be because sex sales. And children are surrounded by sex in the media but told it's wrong. And what do children want to do when they're told no? They want to do it even more. So I think that's what's happening. In European cultures where sex isn't a taboo and openly talked about and the naked body isn't something to ogle at, they have a low teen pregnancy rate. And when schools here start to incorporate a better sex ed, you get the extreme religious people who throw a hissy fit and say that the schools are working with the devil and corrupting our youth.
WOW. I read a comic book called, Y: The Last Man http://www.vertigocomics.com/graphic-novels/y-the-last-man-vol-1-unmanned and it kind of followed this whole males-get-wiped-out scenario. *creepy* (If you're into comics, this is a good one, IMO!) Agreed with regard to European societies --- I lived overseas for much of my childhood, & these issues were such NON issues. They are so much more laid back with regard to the human body. Also agreed with regard to putting better sex ed programs in schools! I wish schools would work WITH Planned Parenthood to help kids better understand where their choices could lead. *grrr*... whole rant of a topic...
so...without reading all the articles you linked above...why is this happening? why the male decline? why the sexualization of young women? ps...love your site. for realz. :)
I don't know. That is too science-ish & beyond the scope of my (sadly limited) research for this post. I will see what I can find & get back to you... PS - I'm so glad you enjoy my strange meanderings! You make my day happy! Cuz guess what? I love *YOUR* site, too!!! <- awesome sauce right there. xoxo
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