Mercedes powered riding toys to burlesque styled clothing show the increasing maturity of upcoming generations. According to Michele Borba, “One thing’s for sure, it certainly is a different world and our kids’ lives are on a fast track. It’s almost as though they are living in an X-rated world when they barely made it out of a G rating lifestyle bombarded by sexually-explicit movies, clothing touting “adult-only” messages, sexually-charged pop music, mature-rated video games, and provocative “way before their years” type fashions.” This quote holds an abundant amount of truth, especially for young girls. Borba is simply stating what we are all observing. The lifestyle that children are exposed to at such a young age is forcing them to mature in areas that are beyond their knowledge. What has happened to the “awkward stage” that all adolescents go through?
In the upcoming generation, pre-teen girls may be mistaken as matured young women. Social media plays a huge part in this process. Tumblr, is a popular new website for young girls. The site consists purely of pictures of Barbie looking models. It gives the viewers an ideal image of what girls should look like. Now, girls who should be spending their time playing outside and watching Disney movies are walking around the mall in “cake” covered faces and clothing that would only be acceptable for Velma Kelly.
As generations grow, they are becoming less naïve. Five years ago, fourteen year olds barely knew what drugs were. Now, they are being expelled from schools for drug dealing. In the past year, Rainbow Parties, widely known by the middle school crowd, have escalated in popularity. These parties revolve around fellatio. Each girl wears a different shade of lipstick, and the obstacle for the boys is to receive as many colors as possible.
Ginny Herman, author of Growing Up Too Fast says, “Such activities are acceptable between consenting adults, but they are not OK for children. These kids often look like they could handle a compromising situation, but in most cases, they can’t.” Her quote does not revolve around Rainbow Parties, however is applies eminently.
If this is the point that young girls have reached, then what is in store for the generations that have yet to be born? A stand needs to be taken in order to bring back the lost childhoods.