It represents no news for anyone who is at least a bit critical of the mainstream portrayal of reality, that the family unit is under attack. To weaken it, our enemies enjoy targeting women first, since they know if they weaken them, they weaken men. The primary undermining of women is related to their feminine nature: feminism proves to be the most anti-women movement since the beginning of time. Females are no longer praised for their modest and feminine nature; the more vulgar and machismo they become, the more they are praised. It is chilling to think that a generation of girls grew up admiring Miley Cyrus, who is world famous for her provocative videos and songs.
This year, controversy arose due to a Sundance award winning French film, depicting the struggles of an 11 year old girl, who is caught in a traditional and conservative family, and at the same time wants to be part of a dancing group called “Cuties”, that performs very provocative dances. The movie director claimed the film is supposed to raise awareness about the early sexualization of girls, but movies like Cuties do not raise awareness of this issue: they are part of the problem.
The controversy caught the attention of Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who wrote a letter to the U.S Department of Justice to investigate the people involved in the creation and distribution of the already mentioned movie, citing the words of Mr. Cruz:
“The film routinely fetishizes and sexualizes these pre-adolescent girls as they perform dances simulating sexual conduct in revealing clothing, including at least one scene with partial child nudity. These scenes in and of themselves are harmful. And it is likely that the filming of this movie created even more explicit and abusive scenes, and that pedophiles across the world in the future will manipulate and imitate this film in abusive ways.”
The film director and writer, Maïmouna Doucouré who is a French-Senegalese citizen, narrates why she chose this topic for a movie on an opinion section in the Washington Post:
“I was at a community event in Paris a few years ago when a group of young girls came on the stage dressed and dancing in a very risque way. They were only 11 years old, and their performance was shocking (…) I wanted to make a film in the hope of starting a conversation about the sexualization of children. The movie has certainly started a debate, though not the one that I intended.”
After reading her very “valid reasons” to write a film on this very sensitive topic, one can not help to wonder at her level of common sense. If a director with some brains, wanted to raise awareness about, let’s say, human trafficking, he would not give tips on how to capture people or how to run a human trafficking chain. It is marvellous, without doubt, the innocence (because one has to be charitable towards Ms. Doucouré and give her the benefit of the doubt) of the director of this film. How can one raise awareness on the sexualization of young girls, when one is blatantly sexualizing girls? How can one be so insensitive to the thousands and thousands of girls who -unsupervised by their parents- expose themselves on social media and then end up being trafficked by pedophiles?
The effects this sort of movie create are not only short term: what would a pre-teen or teenage girl who sees some scenes of this film think? Furthermore, if we consider how vulnerable they are to sexualization, due to “pop” culture and Hollywood, would they perceive themselves as valuable only based off how “sexy” they are? Probably. When a society praises women like the Kardashians, who are famous (or infamous) for the little clothing they wear, or the provocative content of their social media accounts, expectations for girls are just reduced to that: to become sexually “desirable,” to be consumed and disposed, like a plastic straw.
In the past when society held true to traditional values, the sexual liberation phenomena would have been condemned in the blink of an eye. Since we have been living with the sexualization problem for at least three decades, depression, suicide, and drug addictions are skyrocketing in young women; in the meantime, has not a single soul dared think mental health issues are related to sexual/emotional experiences in infancy and teenage years? As a millennial, I sadly happen to know a few women my age who had their first sexual experiences at age twelve and thirteen, and throughout their teenage years swung from one relationship to the other, suffering in between with self-harm issues, depression, anorexia…
Is this the society the left wants? One full of women who despise themselves throughout their entire lives because they were manipulated by the media into an early sexualization? My only thought is that, we can and we must do better. We must condemn anything that jeopardizes children’s innocence, and the emotional well-being of minors, whatever their sex is.