If you think you can stomach a little child abuse, go read the link first. If you think you can stand feeling uncomfortable, continue on reading my comments here, because if you don’t feel uncomfortable, I haven’t shaken you up enough.
Whose fault is it that this little girl is eager to modify her body in this way? ”The mother!” I hear you all say. ”Abuse! Her child should be taken away!” It is abuse, no doubt there. But it’s not only the mother’s fault.
It’s ours as well.
The fact is, the mother isn’t entirely wrong about how her daughter’s body modifications will help her later on in life. Economically and socially speaking, she’ll probably be more popular, seen as more beautiful, and as more competent and deserving of preferential treatment as a result. She might even consider the benefits to be a fair trade-off for the psychological damage which results.
And how is this possible? What sort of society rewards her behavior and encourages her to continue? The society we create every day.
Every time we whisper loudly behind the back of a woman with unshaved legs about how “gross” she is, we create a world in which mothers want to save their daughters from that humiliation.
Every time we purchase a wrinkle-reducing or anti-aging product, we’re feeding an industry which will in turn pump more advertisements onto our airwaves which push increasingly unrealistic standards for healthy human skin into the subconscious thoughts and feelings of 8-year-old girls.
Every time we increase the hit count of a website which puts “beautified” bodies on sexual display, we’re casting our electronic ballots, voting on those bodies as being the standard against which all other bodies fall short, no matter how rich with “natural beauty” they may be.
Yes, this mother is abusing her child.
And we’re standing right there next to her, handing her the tools.
(You can also participate in a discussion on this topic here: http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/kyriarchy/forum/topics/thoughts-on-beauty-standards)