Hello Kitty Nails 2012 part 8

Posted by gaga on Wednesday, 9 May 2012

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In 1960 America, 5.3% of all births were to unmarried women; in 2009 America, 41% of all births were to unmarried women. 41%!

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Equally unsettling: 59% of boys agreed that it's okay for an unmarried woman to have a child; 70% of girls said so.

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Is it really so surprising? Every kid nowadays walks around with a cell phone glued to her ear or thumbs - sexting, not just texting. Meanwhile, Hollywood celebrates non-committed hookups, MTV parades sex as youthful entertainment, retailers cash in on our youngsters, pop music resounds with offensive language, and on it goes.

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Even Disney is in on it, as is GapKids and others, by offering heels to teenyboppers. Says mumsnet's Justine Roberts, "Some of the shoes I have seen on sale look more suited to a lap-dancing club than the feet of a young girl."

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And while Primark withdrew its padded bikini tops for girls as young as seven, not so Abercombie and Fitch, which simply deleted "push-up" and went with "Triangle" for its padded top bikini line.

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Says Wheelock College's Professor Gail Dines: "It gets young girls to think about themselves in sexual ways before that's developmentally appropriate."

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Then there's Wal-Mart's geoGirl line of "sheer color cosmetics moms can buy their daughters." Offerings include bubble-gum flavored lip gloss, light-pink blushes, even eye shadows and mascara, all at a cost of just $4 to $6-so suitably priced for our third to eighth graders.

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The NPD Group, Inc. surveyed about 1,500 girls, 400 of whom were between 8 and 12, and found they use beauty products at least once a month. Says NPD vice-president and beauty-industry analyst Karen Grant; "Makeup use today is more likely seen by parents as a bonding opportunity. A lot of the brands the mother is using are actually what we see the young girls using, too."

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Next up: dolls. Mattel's Monster High line takes Barbie to a whole new level. Clawdeen Wolf, for instance, comes decked out in a mini mini-skirt, way-high boots, and heavy makeup. Her favorite hobby is listed as "flirting with boys" and she describes herself as "a fierce fashionista with a confident, no-nonsense attitude." Marketed to tweens and teens, she's actually being scooped up by girls as young as five and six.

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lay-lay boo said...

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