Jours Après Lunes, Hailey Clauson & Urban Outfitters – Sexualisation of Children Again!By Cecilia On August 20, 2011 Under Parenting Controversy - Public
As if the hyper sexualised images of 10 year old model Thylane Blondeau published in French Vogue that I discussed in this post last week wasn't enough to get our collective maternal blood boiling, this week's disturbing sexualisation of children news is sure to raise your temperature. Or at the very least your eyebrows. And certainly not in a good way.
First came the launch of Jours Après Lunes, a line of lingerie specifically for young girls aged between 4 and 12 years old. Blending lingerie and lounge wear to form 'loungerie,' the controversial underwear line features a range of panties, bras, along with camisoles and t-shirts with lace edges and ribbon bow detailing.
Worse still, the risque photographs promoting the line feature scantily-clad, provocatively posed young girls with voluminous up-dos and full faces of make-up. Who in the world thought it appropriate to doll a 4 year-old up with a Brigitte Bardot style bouffant hairdo and publish photos of her wearing a pearl-encrusted triangle bra?
It'll go straight in the rubbish bin.
I'd like to be able to end this post now, but unfortunately, news of unsettling sexualisation of children didn't end there this week…
Yesterday, the modelling industry penchant for over sexualising young models hit the headlines again with the news that parents of 15 year old model Hailey Clauson are suing Urban Outfitters and photographer Jason Lee Parry for printing seductive images of their daughter on t-shirts.
Hailey's parents are suing for $28 Million in damages arguing that, in the image to the left, Hailey is posed in a blatantly salacious manner without a bra, revealing portions of her breasts, with her legs in a spread eagle position making her crotch area the focal point of the image, portraying her in an inappropriate sexually suggestive manner, and claiming they did not give permission for this photograph to be used on t-shirts.
As a community, we need to follow in the footsteps of Hailey's parents by standing up and saying "No, this is not okay!" Because if we don't, this disturbing sexualisation of children is going to continue, and it's going to get progressively worse. Hell, I could already maintain a weekly column on the issue.
I urge everyone who finds these types of overly sexualised images of young girls offensive to to write or email the company or publication distributing them and voice your concern. Also, blog about it and discuss the issue via social media to raise awareness and rally support.