Cuties, is a new show from Netflix set to release in September. The show is an adaptation of the French film 'Mignonnes' which follows the story of an 11 year old girl and the new dance crew she joins. So what is wrong with that?
A lot if Netflix is advertising this show in a way that sexualizes these pre-adolescent girls. The show is explained as, "Amy [the main character] becomes fascinated with a twerking dance crew [and] starts to explore her femininity, defying her family’s traditions." Within just two sentences, Netflix is teaching girls that femininity and overt sexualization are the same thing. Growing up as a girl, you see the sexualization and objectification of adult woman in pop culture and often times children already link that with adulthood. But now Netflix is sexualizing girls who are not even teenagers which inherently tells young girls that this is how they should act as a child.
Netflix glorifies sexualizing young girls, especially on a platform used by hundreds of adults. Fetishizing children in pornography and now the media reinforces the same values that go through peoples mind when they buy a child. Growing up for a girl should not be how much society sexualizes her. Growing up for a girl should be her first dance, AP test, or drivers license. Nor should role models for children be objectified by sites as large as Netflix. We cannot support Netflix's advertising of this show and we must say: 'Netflix do better.'
Sophie Buechler, Butterfly Ambassadors Leader
Nowadays, youth are growing up in a culture that both sexualizes and promotes the act of sexual violence. RAINN, the creator of the sexual violence hotline, found that 82% of all sexual assault victims are minors. Sexual violence has become the new norm in our children's lives. "Rape Culture' describes the community that diminishes the trauma of sexual violence, promotes unconsensual activity, and creates humorous jokes out of violent situations. Rape Culture is so normalized that many people do not even know the phrases they are saying promote sexual violence as a norm. Check out some of the most common phrases below:
Oftentimes we dismiss sexual violence for youth, saying it is simply a matter of maturity. However, by allowing these statements to simply be said, it enables the Rape Culture that is so prominent in our community. We need to teach our youth the importance of respect and boundary setting, as well as the consequences their words may have. By simply raising awareness in your home about the hateful affects of Rape Culture, you are preventing exploitation.
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Butterflies & Boots, PACT’s annual benefit dinner and silent auction, is scheduled for Friday, March 15th from 6 to 9 PM at Austin Country Club, one of the oldest existing golf clubs in Texas. From the Centennial Ballroom overlooking ACC’s award-winning golf course, guests will enjoy a delectable meal and be treated to the delightful musical stylings of the Nathan Hinojosa Trio.
Throughout the evening you will hear real stories from real people. The silent auction will feature some very attractive offerings of products and services from around Central Texas and beyond, including a 3-night Napa Valley Backroads & Railways Excursion, a 4-night stay at the Westin Puntacana in the Dominican Republic, and 7-night Tuscany Culinary Escape .. and MUCH more!
Please join us at Austin Country Club (est. 1899) for Butterflies & Boots. We look forward to seeing you there!