I love ballet..my daughter is taking me to see Swan Lake in April as a birthday gift. So I was excited when I saw a brochure from the Detroit Opera Theatre advertising the upcoming series. There on the second to the last page was a picture of Swan Lake.....with a digitally enhanced picture of the lead ballerina. Her boobs had been enhanced to appear larger.
Now anyone who loves ballet or has seen a performance knows that ballerinas are very thin. I don't hold that against them. They have to be thin to be lifted gracefully into the air and probably because of the amount of work that they put into their craft, so why did they make the ballerina in this picture so well-endowed???
I know that sex sells but, seriously, they had to make her appear curvy to draw more attendance from the ballet-going crowd? I'm so disappointed.
I'm already seriously bothered by the fact that women and most young female children are constantly sexualized in the media. I've heard that Abercrombie has created a push-up bikini for 12 year olds, and I've seen Toddlers and Tiaras. I also know that they cannot report on a news story without identifying the female victim, the female heroine, the female executive, the female politician, the female missing victim as beautiful (they almost never describe males in the same situations that way). I know that TV show are full of fat, old/young men with Playboy bunny wives/girlfriends. I know that women over 50 and women over size 2 are non-existent on TV and movies (one show in decades does not count). And I know that this has been going on forever but when will it stop.
I laugh at the parents who wonder out loud why their daughters dress provocatively and post explicit photos on the Internet on one side of their mouth while they're probably commenting on their daughter's weight, clothes, dating status with the other. Of course not all parents are doing this but I think the prevailing message that we send our daughters is that you are the sum of your parts and not to be judged on what you do but on how you look or if you have a boyfriend.
I don't know how to end this blog because I don't have all the answers but I know that when I raised my daughter not only did I focus on her strengths as a human being like her compassion, intelligence, and humor but we also had many discussions (with my son too) on how females are portrayed in all the forms of media out there...I hope she passes that on to the next generation.