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Model’s age sparks debate

August 4th, 2011
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Ten-year-old Thylane Loubry Blondeau in Paris Vogue.

So I open the Yahoo browser today and see this story on this 10-year-old model Thylane Loubry Blondeau who’s the source of an uproar because of the provocative, adultlike photos of her in Paris Vogue.

The move has been hailed as being clever and creative, but ho-hum, it’s been done before. Here’s the Brooke Shields and Jon-Benet Ramsey story all over again. I tend to go through life being pretty cynical and non-reactive because I feel like I’ve seen everything before.

I was close to Brooke Shields age when, as a 12-year-old, she played a prostitute in “Pretty Baby.” It was no biggie to me then because when you’re that age, you want to be older and think of yourself as being more worldly than adults give you credit for. What you don’t think of are the repercussions of your actions, which is why adults try to protect you from yourself.

These days I just wonder what parents are thinking when they allow their children to be used in this manner. Yes, there are child models, but they are, for the most part, presented in age-appropriate style. To dress them as adults can be playful when they’re dressed in oversize or conservative adult clothes, but the Thylane photos cross the line in presenting her as a sexy young woman. To me, it feeds on every parasitic, pedophile dream.

Given the recent local story on a teaching assistant sexting a 12-year-old girl, we don’t need any more of what amounts to proto-pornography. It’s not like images make pedophiles act. I believe it’s in their nature to be attracted to children. But if editors, stylists and photographers produce images that sexualize children, it looks like we’re condoning the behavior.

Children grow up fast anyway, why push it? And there are plenty of equally beautiful women 18 and older.

Grounded

August 3rd, 2011
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Nadine Kam photos
On the bus.

Ah yes, once again I am M.I.A. I apparently returned from vacation without my brain because the first week back I locked myself out of my house. Then, last Sunday, I was loading my car trunk with magazines to donate to the library, when I didn’t notice the keys slip out of my hand, and next thing you know I had slammed the trunk shut. So I’ve been pretty much grounded, catching the bus and getting rides when I can.

I thought getting the car open is as easy as calling a locksmith for the house, but apparently not. BMW needs your registration to order a new car key and of course the registration is in the car you can’t get into. I had a tow guy break into the car in hope that I could just pop the trunk from the inside, but breaking in fools the car’s computer to think it’s being stolen and disabled the release. At least I could retrieve the registration.

Hopefully, I get the key today. There’s nothing like being grounded to show how much we rely on our cars!

I doubly can’t go out because this is what I wear to keep the sun off while walking to the bus stop. The monastic-ninja look is too scary. At the office, someone actually asked me if I was dressed to review a restaurant. Well no, unless I wanted to call attention to myself as an eccentric!