A Young Woman vs. a Girl

[Ask forgiveness later, but I just had to point out this glaring societal disconnect.]

When does a teenage girl become a young woman? Apparently if she is wealthy and popular. That is this week’s lesson of Miley Cyrus [15 years old] and her parents allowing soft porn photographs to be published internationally.

What was last week’s major bruhaha in blog land? The 15 year old girls who were pregnant and wearing….prairie dresses….taken from the Texas religious compound were children being manipulated and abused by their parents/”spiritual husbands”/religious elders.

It only seems just when the State deems “girls” as such. Both cases, in my opinion, are wrong and abusive. The media can wink away one as a mistake and the other as a horror. Parents were using children for their own ends, for religious kudos on one hand and wealth n’ fame on the other.

Miley will just have to continue being a “young woman”….and being used. The other “girls”, well, God only knows their fate in the hands of the State.


6 Responses to “A Young Woman vs. a Girl”

  1. 1 amberpeace April 29, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Now, Miley did issue a statement saying that she did it for fun and artistic reasons, but after seeing how they did they layout once it went to print, she was very embarressed at how sexually explicit it is.

  2. 2 Christine April 29, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    ow my I had seen those photos! What had they been thinking!

  3. 4 Amy Brigham April 30, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Good point!

    I just saw the Miley photos today and just repulsed by the photo of her and her father in particular. There is just something so WRONG about it. *gags*

  4. 5 Rachel May 1, 2008 at 9:35 am

    I really don’t feel that a 15 year old being naked in front of adult men has anything artistic to it and that it is no excuse

  5. 6 Evonne May 2, 2008 at 10:40 am

    Unfortunately, when the practice of exploiting girls has anything to do with religion, the media, in its spirit of “open-mindedness”, tends to get all in a huff about it because it’s supposedly more backward or creepy when the folks doing it — *gasp* — actually believe in God. (Note that I’m in no way saying that exploiting children actually has anything to do with the Lord.) Practicing a faith in the “Well, I *believe* there is a God, but I just think everybody should be nice to each other and that’s all” wishy-washy sort of way is acceptable to the mainstream media, but anything suggesting hard-core religious (especially Christian, for some reason) practices just screams “cult” and strikes folks as exceptionally creepy.

    Whereas whoring one’s child out for money when one is a yuppie is “liberation”.

    And even if Miley’s parents *were* criminally prosecuted, I’ll betcha the authorities wouldn’t take away all her cousins and neighbors’ children in the process.

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