(Yes that is David Archuleta)
So I know I'm a little late and this article has been out for quite some time, but it still really annoys me so I'm going to write about it anyway! Y'all are just gonna have to deal.
A couple weeks ago LZ Granderson wrote an article called Parents, Don't Let Your Girls Dress Like Tramps. Here is a link http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/04/19/granderson.children.dress/index.html?hpt=C2
First off I would just like to say I think little girls should dress in age appropriate attire and we should not be sexualizing them at all, but this article pissed me off!!! Why does he think it's OK to call any woman of any age a tramp, let alone little girls?
Once you start using words like tramp or slut in regards to a lady you are only seeing her for the clothes she wears. All people wear things to be noticed. May that be wearing skin tight short-shorts or a cute floral dress. We need to start looking past that because its not what matters! Some may argue that in order to avoid being judged in that way a girl should cover up. Here's the thing though, covering everything up will not fix the problem. In fact is only makes it worse! Once you make dressing "immodest" taboo it becomes the sole thing people focus on!
What we need to do is teach our youth to be good people and have confidence in themselves, but those lessons should not be taught by telling them to cover up. That is just like telling them their bodies are all people care about and want. Which does create shame and abhorring feeling toward the human body!
The message that is being sent to the female, especially in Utah, is that her sole purpose is to attract a mate and to bear children rather than valuing them for what they contribute to the work force, educational community or politics. We do not value males for the condition of their bodies... do we? Why do we make that distinction for our young women?
Calling a girl a tramp is the worst kind of label you could give her. You have no idea what kind of person she is, she may be the sweetest, most untramp like person. Just because someone dresses modest doesn't mean they are automatically the most delightful person. I know many girls who dress modest and are miserable human beings, but I had to get to know them before I came to that conclusion. Clothing is a superficial standard to judge someones character and the exposure or under exposure of skin is an unfair measure of someones worth. You also further draconian ideals that originated over 4,000 years ago that were designed to oppress women and to keep them in their "place".
The point I'm getting at is the clothes don't make the person and we need to stop focusing on them like they do! Character matters and that cannot accurately be measured by the square inches of skin that are showing. We avoid sexualizing our young women by emphasizing their positive character traits in much the same way we already do with the young men! So don't use hateful words to judge, because the only thing you are doing is propelling society backwards when we should be advancing forward!