I did a double take. Looking for a picture of Honey Boo Boo that didn’t make me cringe, I combed a plethora of them on the internet. Maybe I could find one of her looking like the chubby child she is; or perhaps one without the layers of makeup and sans wig plopped like a bird’s nest on her head.
Instead, I came across a parody of a very real looking PEOPLE magazine cover calling her “the sexiest woman alive.” Should we be surprised at such a parody when she is treated and rewarded for behaving precisely like one?
A large part of the culture has lost it’s way. They have trouble seeing how sexualizing children can profoundly damage their development. I suppose that calling this little girl a sexy woman points out just how out of control this trend has become. Perhaps that was the intent. What’s not funny is little girls being robbed of childhood. Many continue to search for it throughout their lives. Thus, they become perpetual children, robbed of portions of their adulthood as well.
The culture that created this debacle must now be the entity to draw the line–not with bans on beauty pageants or absurd, blanket regulations–but with a true understanding of generational boundaries and child development that puts it out of favor.