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How Do I Choose the Best Professional Cleaning Service

Keeping your home clean can be an exhausting task, especially if you have to squeeze it in between the chaos and work and keeping your family in line. And if your life feels like it’s nothing but cleaning and tedious chores, perhaps it’s…

How to Keep Your Pool Clean Without Using Chemicals

The weather is getting hotter and hotter, and if you haven’t done it already, you are probably getting ready to open your pool and start the swimming season. Having a pool in your backyard is wonderful, but it requires quite some effort before you…

8 Ways to Make Food Shopping as a Parent More Bearable

No one is denying children aren’t the gift that keep on giving. But, as a parent, there are just some tasks in day to day adult life that shouldn’t be accompanied by kids. Namely the weekly food shop. Opening yourself up to a world of whining, potential tantrums and…

If you didn’t see this post by fellow blogger Vinobaby’s Voice, you need to read it (after you read this,  of course). It’s regarding the high school senior who is raising all sorts of chaos because her school’s yearbook staff rejected the girl’s senior photo submission. Once you see the pictures, I’m sure you’ll understand why they rejected them. Yes, It’s Too Sexy for ANY Yearbook

And while I disagree with her choice in photos, I get it. I get why she thought it was okay to turn the photos in.  The next time you go to the mall, open a magazine, watch a show – pay attention. Look at what’s staring back at you. You’ve probably tuned it out because we as parents are so used to seeing it that we’re desensitized to it.

Example:

I took M to the mall the day after Christmas (a mistake I’ll never make again) to return a few things that she had received from Abercrombie. Like every other teenager in America, she LOVES that store. It’s hip, it’s trendy, it has sexuality busting thru the ceiling tiles ( I hope she hasn’t picked up on that last part but I’m no fool). Abercrombie to her group is what Bennetton was to us in the 80′s. Anyhow… she picks out the items that she can afford with her return and I send her off to the dressing room.

As I stand there waiting for my sweet teenage daughter, I see this bottle of women’s perfume on display:

What?! Y’all I’m no prude but holy smack – what an image to stare you in the face! I felt like I needed a shower after seeing it.

Luckily, we were out of there before M saw it which is good because it would have been awkward for her… maybe as awkward as when she was stuck in the car with her dad and an Adam & Eve commercial came on. But if she had noticed it and mentioned it to me, I guarantee we would have had a conversation about it.

My point is – with all of this swirling around our kids, how could the girl in Colorado not think her senior photos were perfectly fine? Judging from the interviews she’s had with her mom at her side (who also thinks the photos are fine.. think she’d put them on the family Christmas card?) the difference between this mom and daughter duo and the majority of us is that there apparently were no such conversations.

Retail sexualization is all around. What do you do when faced with an “uncomfortable” ad like this? And sure.. go ahead and chime in on the photos ;)

Kristen

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