Wendy Shalit ’97 on why Hotness Does Not = Happiness.

In reviewing some magazines directed at tween girls for Girls Gone Mild, I was pretty shocked at the way 8-year-old girls were being explicitly told to look “hot” (by, for instance, the publisher of Bratz magazine). Obviously, if girls are focused on pleasing boys and men before they even develop sexual feelings, it’s going to feel foreign to them to develop their own goals and dreams.

Speaking as the father of an 8 year-old girl, I despise the Bratz.

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