Yes. And your comment reminded me of this. Remember a few years ago there was some controversy about "sexy cheerleading?" Parents and school administrators trying to rein in all the "inappropriate" moves. Then somebody made, "I heart sexy cheerleading" shirts.
Kind of a tangent, but related to some of the comments about the potential sexualizing of young girls. Lately there's been some backlash about girl's athletics requiring more skimpy uniforms than the boys. Volleyball for example.
"We’re concerned about the men here. All that extra shorts baggage has got to be keeping them from playing at peak performance levels! If they were wearing spandex with a 1″ inseam, they’d be able to bend and stretch in much more liberating ways. Who is the athletic shorts lobby that is enforcing such oppressive ideals on these male athletes?
Honestly, some of the research is showing that young women are particularly sensitive to constantly thinking about how they look. The influence of social media has turned life into a big photo op. Instead of being in the moment, her attention is continually refocusing on appearance. Instead of just enjoying being at the beach, she's likely running an internal monologue... "I wonder if my thighs look big when I sit down, if my hair is messy, if people can see the zit on my chin.." I think the people objecting to the short volleyball shorts have a point. If your daughter doesn't want to go out for volleyball because she's insecure about her cellulite showing, or if she distracted when she plays sports with wondering if her butt looks big, that's a problem. Some of the research is showing that when women are dressed in less revealing ways, they are less focused on how they look. That's a good thing in competitive athletics.
About the kids on the BBing stage - If these kids were at a cheer camp, or a gymnastics event most of us probably wouldn't bat an eye at the little costumes and all the makeup. This is pretty common at a dance recital, though the boys wouldn't be shirtless. Apparently this comp has a "fitness" component which is gymnastics / dance/ acrobatics based. Still, I don't like it.
There are other places for kids who are into gymnastics, where there isn't going to be the same pressure to look a certain way, or to have young kids focused on their bodies in a way that might be unhealthy at that age. I DO really like the idea of lifting for athletics or just as something you do with your kids. My daughter is working on her chins and push-ups with me and it's lots of fun.
Agree. And those little girl's beauty pageants have never appealed to me.
About age, I'm not sure I'd be any happier about my 16-year-old or 18-year-old showing the middle-aged guy in the third row her "glute-ham tie-in." If I thought it was going to encourage my teenager to think that weight training is about posting duck faced "fitness" pics of butts and boobs on her social media feed, or that it might encourage a son that age to spend his time putting up shirtless "progress" pics ... That would NOT make me happy.
We all like to see progress pics in adults who have built a physique over time, or have lost a lot of weight, or who are prepping for a show .... BUT kids that age don't have the emotional maturity to even think about privacy, issues of safety, or to handle the often unwanted attention that those pics can generate.
End Mom Rant/