Thursday, December 23, 2010

Quote of the Day


"And that's the rub. The eagerness of designers and the press to seize upon children and dub them 'fashionistas' isn't about kids trying mom's platforms -- it's about a relentless and incredibly twisted industry that worships at the altar of not-even-womanhood. Because if you're Marc Jacobs or Proenza Schouler or any of the designers making clothes ostensibly for adult women but eagerly peddled out to high profile middle-schoolers, you're essentially saying your wares look best on females who perhaps have not yet even started menstruating. And if you're a journalist fawning over how those Valentino and Rodarte dresses 'look good' on a child, you are part of the problem, big time."

-- Mary Elizabeth Williams in a Salon piece decrying the rise of the "tween fashionista"

6 comments:

kanye said...

Opinion writing rule #187: When commenting on pedophilia, one should never use the phrase, "And that's the rub".

Chez said...

Totally correct. It's better to say, "And that's the stroking of my only partially flaccid penis."

Alanna said...

Please. This isn't anything new. The placing of the "young virgin" on a pedestal and adorning her lavishly, dressing her to the nines? Nothing we haven't seen before. Age-old archetype. It's the obsession with labels that's reached unprecedented heights in 20th and 21st centuries. You want someone to blame? Blame wall st and the advertising firms, Whoreing out their integrity to please shareholders means mass-consumption of bullshit brands - resulting in the Juicy-emblazoned ass cheeks of a 12 year old and their botox-infused mothers who encourage said purchases.

The 'tweens are THE market to tap these days. I'm not surprised - but - I was smoking pot and playing drums and dressing in "kinderwhore" babydoll dresses a la' Courtney Love at 13. So who am I to speak.

Anonymous said...

It makes me angry, but clothes always do show best on a hanger; meaning the skinnier the model, the better sales go for the design house. Pedophilia and eating disorders be damned.

Anonymous said...

Galateas for the woman-hating Pygmalions.

L. said...

Wait, wait, wait. Is it too late at 27 to be adopted by a parent who (while insane) is loose enough with the purse strings to buy a tween expensive designer clothes?

I don't want the clothes but if they want to pay my mortgage, it'll probably cost much less in the long run. For example, my house won't develop a coke problem and get pregnant at 16 just to prove mommy and daddy a lesson.