Scorpions are Really Buzzing Around Today

Once again, my mind is full of scorpions.  And not just one or two but a cyclone of scorpions.  You did know that a group of scorpions is called a cyclone?

Yesterday we laughed at the ridiculous ads of half a century ago.  But now I have found one that is truly awful.  Not anything to laugh about.  See what you think?

Ad for love cosmetics

This was an ad for Baby Soft products produced by Love Cosmetics made by Menley & James Laboratories a subsidiary of Smith Kline.  Wikipedia tells us “In April 1974 Love Cosmetics began to make a line of Baby Soft products meant for adults. The items were scented with an innocent fragrance most often associated with babies. There was a Baby soft talc, a body lotion, and a foam bath. A marketing slogan read sexy in a very special way. ”  How immoral is that.  And now compare the above photo to this

Jon Benet Ramsey

This is Jon Benet Ramsey an American child beauty pageant contestant.  We all know the story of how this 6-year-old went missing from her family home in Boulder  and was found some 8 hours later in the basement of the house.

Do you see the resemblance between the advert and the child?  I think that the promulgators of the ad were totally, morally corrupt to advertise in this way.  What has changed in the 37 years since then?

We still have ads directed at pre-adolescents, encouraging girls particularly to dress and act way beyond their years.

Thylane

This is 10-year-old model Thylane Loubry Blondeau.  According to The Fashionist “10-year-old model Thylane Loubry Blondeau has been making headlines – both good and bad. While some publications have begun praising the genetically blessed child as the industry’s next big thing… the little girl with a sultry stare beyond her years, has started a debate over the sexualization of young girls. ”  How can this be acceptable in today’s world?  Is this what we want our young girls to aspire to?  This child most certainly looks old way beyond her years.  And  find these photos of her not only disturbing but also immoral.

I have no granddaughters and my daughter is married with sons, but I should really be concerned if it were considered that this kind of advertising is acceptable.

And then I found this –

This is a photo of 8-year-old Britney Campbell recovering from a shot of Botox administered by her mother.  After the pair appeared on Good Morning America showing the mother administering the shots,  Trent Rhorer, executive director of the San Francisco Human Services Agency, said officials wanted to talk to Kerry Campbell and her daughter Britney.  Ms Rhorer said ”It’s pretty unusual for a mum to be injecting an eight-year-old with Botox..”  Oh really!

And I really think I should end this rant here.  Tomorrow will be on a lighter subject I promise.

“If our way of life fails even one child, it fails us all.”
Judith Baxter, Mother, Grandmother and blogger.

Note – I have assumed that as these images have been circulating freely around the internet that they are outside copyright.  If this is not the case then I apologise wholeheartedly for any misuse.


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32 responses to “Scorpions are Really Buzzing Around Today

  1. Let kids be kids.

  2. There is so much to be done to ensure all children are allowed to be children. We can all look to make a difference in the life of a child.
    And speak out when we see things that don’t support healthy, normal development.

    • But many/most of us are too timid to do anything. We turn away because ‘it is not my business’. How are those little girls (the two still alive) in this post, going to grow up? Thanks for the comment.:)

  3. the toddler/tiara phenomenon is frightening. It borders on child pornography and the obssesion on the parents, in most cases the mothers, is a case study in mental illness and in my miond at least, child abuse.

  4. Thylane’s mom shut down her facebook page because of unwanted traffic… I don’t now when we will learn to draw the line in the sand where kids are concerned… all terribly sad… 😦
    E

    • What are this child’s parents teaching her about life? Is it all about being the center of attention, making money and having thousands of ‘friends’ on Facebook? What a teribly warped childhood that small girl is having.

  5. Oh Judith, sometimes reality is revolting. Many times I guess. Thanks for putting this out there. People need to be aware! Looking forward to that next post!

    • I was just so speechless when I saw the ad for Love Cosmetics and then remembered that I had read earlier in the month about Thylane. And then the botox story ugh! What mother would inject her young daughter with botox, a form of botulism?
      Thanks for the comment.

  6. You are absolutely right. These advertisement that use young girls to sell adult products are immoral and just plain wrong.

    • Yes but advertisers will continue to use these young girls in this way. The only way we can make a stand it to refuse to buy the products. And of course, shout out about the abuse at every opportunity. 🙂

  7. The botox story sums it up nicely. How can parents of these children allow them to model?

    • I do hope that mother is taken to account for the damage she has done (and perhaps is continuing to do) to her small child.
      I think the mothers are attempting to draw attention to themselves, much like a sufferer of Münchausen disease.

  8. We wonder at how the world is increasingly sex oriented and violent. How can it be anything but when there is no moral standard. Not all “freedom” is good. Without rules and standards there is no true freedom.

    I could go on and on in a real rant this makes me so angry!

    • I’m with you Patricia. I just had to vent my feelings on this matter and what better place than on my blog. Although when I was out for dinner with three elderly ( all in their 70s) gentlemen friends the other night and brought the subject up, their response was that there was nothing we could do about it. These are three professional men; an engineer, an accountant and a doctor. Whew!

  9. What is wrong with those parents???!!!!! GROSS on all counts. Just goes to show that anyone can be a mother or a father, but not everyone can be a parent.

  10. we can do something. Bringing it to the forefront like this, on your blog, creates conversations and awareness. Every person who does this reaches hundreds and so on. We all need to speak up. To contact companies that use these advertisements as they make their money by selling products. If thousands let them know it’s distasteful, to say the least, they will rethink their approach. Mothers, especially, need to unite over this.

    • Thanks for the comment. I am encouraging my family and friends to speak up about this very distasteful direction advertisements are taking us.

  11. I remember the Love’s products, but not that ad. It’s creepy, as is the Jon Benet photo. I think it’s sad that these young girls are paraded around like this and I have no use for made up girls in advertisements or “beauty pageants.” Mothers argue that pageants build self-esteem by showcasing their “talents”, but I think it’s a false sense of worth because it’s based on appearance, not ability.

    I only have sons, but if I did have a daughter, there would be major battles in our house – starting with the clothes they make for young girls. Sorry, but elementary school girls have no business wearing shorts that barely cover their behinds 🙂

    Sorry about this rant. This hit a nerve…

    • Please don’t apologise. Obviously I am enraged about it hence the post.
      I see young girls going to school in totally inappropriate clothes for their age. What are their mothers thinking of? And as for the mother giving her child Botox – Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  12. Thanks for sharing this, Judith. Maybe if enough people who see the error of this way of life speak out our voices will be heard and make a difference for some of these little girls.

    • The parents (and the media) are of course to blame. Who puts these ideas into little girls’ heads? To me, it is child abuse in it’s purest sense.

  13. Women already have so much media out there making them feel self conscious….it’s even worse that things like beauty pageants are making that start even younger. These parents are teaching their kids that BEAUTY is the only thing that really matters, instead of personality, character, intelligence, sense of humor, talents, etc.

    • I do agree. See my comment above to Patti. I really do think that child beauty pageants should be stopped but then I remember when my kids were small there was the Pears Soap Beautiful Baby competition. So maybe that’s where it all started. 🙂

  14. Hi Judith,
    I share your outrage. I have nine grandchildren and seven are girls. I cannot tell you how much this sort of abuse disturbs me. Thank you for calling attention to it.

    BTW, I am so happy that you found me. I am frantically trying to read everything you’ve written. Your writing is straightforward and beautifully done. I feel as if I’ve stumbled upon an amazing new novel. Thank you.

    Pat

    • Hi Pat. Thank you for taking time to read and respond. I am honoured that you like my writing and will read some earlier posts. I have subscribed to your blog and will keep up with what you are doing on a regular basis.

  15. So horrifying! And, of course always girls…

    • Thanks for the dropping by and making the comment Linda. I continue to be outraged at these totally inappropriate adverts and vent loudly and often.

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