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August 14 (Originally posted by Mireille)
Long gone are the days when there was nothing more sexually suggestive on 7-year-old girl’s panties than Lambchop.

Disney has caused controversy across the pond by selling packs of underpants with the phrase “Dive In” on the front. It’s apparently referencing a line from the bewilderingly successful cash cow High School Musical. I find it difficult to swallow that after the PR fiasco of Vanessa Hudgens’ naked photos Disney would be naive enough to let something like this slide out of its sweatshops and into your local Walmart–Disney, the company parents know and trust for wholesome family entertainment.

And yet there is simply no greater public illustration of the virginal sexual self objectification of young girls than the current crop of Disney stars. Miley Cyrus, who has ad nauseum professed her devotion to abstinence, has many-a-leaked myspace photo like this that make the controversy over her pictures in Vanity Fair seem ridiculous. By willingly injecting her status as zealous virgin into her media narrative, she and so many others (The Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez, Brittney Spears, Hilary Duff ect. ect.) have found a way to talk about their sexuality (and make the public mind linger on it) with complete impunity.

Miley Cyrus is not at all atypical in her efforts to toe the line between ‘wholesome girl’ and ‘desireable sexual commodity’. Virginal sexual self objectification is a broad social trend–the result of a Pussy Cat Dolls culture coupled with abstinence only sex education. Women learn their self worth is, first and for most, based on their sexual desirability but are shunned if they actually want to engage in sexual activity for their own pleasure. 3 waves of feminism later, women’s public sexuality is still not one of action. Most of us find still needs the constant encouragement and validation of the male gaze. This has not wained, it has worsened–becoming more ingrained in the collective psyche with the ever more ubiquitous image of women as cut of meat. Raunchy Disney lingerie seems only the logical next step.

Perhaps there is a connection between the appalling upswing in the sexualization of little girls and the popularity of To Catch a Predator. As I’m sure I will find myself asking a lot on this blog: Where the hell is Chris Hansen when you need him?

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