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Must women always be ‘hot’?

Today, every female in the Western world faces intense pressure to look “hot” from the moment they reach middle school—and to stay hot until they’re grand­mothers, said Susanna Schrobsdorff in Time.com.

Susanna SchrobsdorffTime.com

Even in a world where the sexualization of prepubescent girls is commonplace, it’s a “deeply creepy” image, said Susanna Schrobsdorff. French Vogue has sparked international outrage by featuring a 10-year-old girl in full makeup and leopard-print stiletto heels, stretched out on a tiger skin, looking back at us with smoldering gaze and Bardot pout. Using a fourth-grader to sell sexy couture is a new low, but still, how shocked can we be when tweens already pose in Victoria’s Secret undies on their Facebook pages?

Today, every female in the Western world faces intense pressure to look “hot” from the moment they reach middle school—and to stay hot until they’re grand­mothers. Fifty-year old moms, hoping to look like Demi Moore, are now buying short skirts and halters at Forever 21. Women as old as 70 are using Botox to look more youthful; so are women in their 20s! In this culture of perpetual preening, “girls can’t go 10 minutes without thinking about their looks.’’

Please, give us all a break. “At the very least we can let little kids get through grade school before they start spending their mornings wondering if they’re looking sexy enough.’’

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