In this video, Dr. Yarington explores the feminist view of girls and sexualization and the racial and sexual barriers that girls still face in being told to dress and act in restrictive ways that may do more harm than good. He argues that controlling girls dress and video is chasing “symptoms” of a problem, not the problem: male attitudes that align with disparities that are put on young girls. Girls and woman are not safer because of what they wear; rather, they are unsafe because of inequality and lack of leverage. Censoring modeling, dance, gymnastics and home content from girls distracts from the real problem. In addition, focusing on “pedophiles” and “pedophile rings” is the equivalent of “stranger danger” and distracts from what we need to confront, that there is a difference between sexualization and over sexualization, that children can only develop in healthy ways by exploring in safe spaces, not censored and restrictive ones.
Published by EarlY
I have a PhD in literature and criticism and have taught literature, technical, and research writing for over 16 years. I am also a graduate student in social work in my final year. My focus area is with men that suffered past abuse, sex offending against children and with paraphilia. I will also complete my sex therapist certification by next year as well. View more posts