I Can See Why It’s ‘A deeply worrying trend…’

January 11, 2013 5 Comments
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…at least, for the progressives:

In these posts, teenage girls – and sometimes boys – criticize certain body types or wardrobe choices, often being ruthless in the process.

Oh noes! Criticism!

That means…judgement! That means…not ‘celebrating the choices of others’! Oh, quelle horreur!

So, what sort of comments are we talking about?

In one such post, a blogger writes with accompanying pictures: ‘Hey girls, uhm did you know – open books, NOT legs?’The image that started one particular meme of slut-shaming was the ‘Hey Girls, Did You Know’ post, when Tumblr user officialsabrina_xo uploaded a photo of her with captions saying, ‘Girls, did you know, that uhm, your boobs go inside your shirt?’

The image was removed. Because we all know that works well to clamp down on unwelcome views and opinions, right?

Starting on June 18th, 2012, the image of the brunette was reblogged across the internet, sparking the meme. A week later, the Hey Girls, Did You Know Facebook page was formed. As of this year, it has nearly 37,000 ‘likes.

Heh! No wonder they want to censor the internet…

One girl posted: ‘Hello citizens, did you know? This is deodorant. Use it,’ which was accompanied by various expressions with a stick of Dove, followed by a picture of her frowning.The image, posted on December 2, 2012, was shared 33 times and liked by 1,335 people.

Probably all summer Tube users…

As Buzzfeed notes, what is interesting about the former meme is that it was one created by girls, who seek to shame other girls, perhaps because of low self-esteem or because they are bullies with the veil of the internet to protect them.

Or perhaps they are, like a lot of people, fed up to the back teeth of being asked not just to tolerate people’s choices, but to celebrate them publicly?

Perhaps they are sick and tired of being told that – should they fail to show their happiness at others’ choices, even where those choices contribute to the coarsening of our culture or the further degradation of our society or impinge directly on their comfort – there is something wrong with them?

The progressives are going to lose this one, I predict.

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5 Responses to I Can See Why It’s ‘A deeply worrying trend…’

  1. January 11, 2013 at 9:27 am

    From one of your links:

    ‘She was wearing a pair of tight gold shorts I’d never seen before, a skimpy top with panels revealing her midriff and skin-coloured tights. In her hand she was carrying a pair of 6in heels she was intending to slip on…

    Quite simply, my daughter looked like she was far more sexually aware than she actually is. But I just didn’t have the courage, or the heart, to lecture her about the dangers of dressing this way just 30 minutes before the start of her long-awaited party and in front of her friends.’

    Nature abhors a vacuum; since a generation of mothers seem to have have abdicated responsibility for ensuring that their children (the girl described above had just turned 14) behave and dress with some measure of restraint, some of the children’s peers have seized on it as a way of demonstrating their own perceived moral (and, by implication, intellectual) superiority.

    • January 12, 2013 at 7:41 am

      Quite so. But what can you expect from a parent whose natural desire not to have the world see her daughter dressed as a low-rent Vegas hooker is trumped by the need to write a column about it?

      “Others might feel that by writing on this topic — and putting Flo in the paper — my actions are no better than the people who ‘slut shamed’ her. That I am exposing my daughter to even more scrutiny.”

      Well, yes. How many ‘Daily Mail’ readers do you think would have seen the picture otherwise? What were you thinking, woman?

      “To this I would say that Flo agreed to let me write about this because she agrees it is a teenage phenomenon that should be highlighted.”

      Remind me again? Which one is the adult?

      • David A. Evans
        January 13, 2013 at 8:25 pm

        Been away for a day or two & look what happens!
        I was standing in a bus-stop last night and there were some teens there. None over about 16 I suspect, one with a baby in a buggy.
        One of them, who looked about 14, was talking about seeing 2 boys and thinking of dumping 1 because she was riding the other.
        The other children were saying why not ride them both every other day.
        Sorry, this is not acceptable! Wish I’d had the courage to say…
        “Why not ride neither until you’re old enough to understand what it means?”

        DaveE.

  2. Tatty
    January 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Progressives – Judging others as “judgemental”…how judgemental and oh, how they must just hate themselves for it.

    Masochists, every one.

    *chortle*

    • January 12, 2013 at 7:41 am

      :twisted:

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