Sexualisation of children in the media is one of the most controversial issues arising in society. The age at which teens are dressing inappropriately and “growing up” is becoming younger and younger, and people blame a lot of different components for that. Some blame famous role models such as Miley Cyrus (see previous post- “She came in like a wrecking ball”) for her inappropriate behaviours and promiscuity, some blame poor body image due to photoshop etc, and a lot of people just blame media as a whole.

It has also been argued that sexualisation of children in the media has largely to do with perception. If we are thinking about it, we are obviously going to see them in that light.

One perfect example of sexualisation of children in media is TV shows revolving around beauty pageants, such as “toddlers and tiaras” and from that, the one, the legendary, Honey Boo Boo.

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Confronting stuff. Honey Boo Boo shot to stardom (her own TV show) after being part of the show “Toddlers and Tiaras” which follows the families of contestants in child beauty pageants. This TV show has raised a huge amount of discussion amongst the public sphere, two examples of incidents include a mother padding her daughter’s chest to resemble Dolly Parton’s and another mother asking her daughter to smoke fake cigarettes on stage. 

When looking at an image of a pageant participant, there are many different connotations attached. It is possible to read into the image as the girls being ‘sexualised’ and ‘trying to be like grown ups’ as well as them having to change themselves so much to be seen as ‘beautiful’.

I have definitely been able to identify the topics that interest me and the ones that challenge me throughout these first six weeks. One thing I have noticed is how ‘out of the loop’ I am when it comes to politics and owners of large corporations. I was at a loss in discussions about media magnates and which media corporation they own, but I have gradually been able to connect some dots. It is something that I will definitely have to work on, but I also suppose it is something that will grow as I familiarise myself with this industry. I have also discovered the topics that I find interesting such as semiotics and the role of media.

I have surprisingly really enjoyed the subjects we discuss in class, along with looking for case studies and pondering blog posts day and night (maybe a slight exaggeration). But I have made it through hours of procrastination (mainly napping), writers block and lack of inspiration, and here I am writing my final blog post. Which most definitely will not actually be my last because I know for a fact I will have to blog more in BCM112 next semester (woooo). I am no where near the end of my BCM journey and  I’M SO EXCITED.

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References-

2012, The Five Biggest Controversies To Hit ‘Toddlers And Tiaras’, Business Insider Australia, viewed 12/04/2014, <http://www.businessinsider.com.au/toddlers-and-tiaras-controversies-2012-9>