So It’s Come to This – The Butt Selfie

ec94fa2ed4efb220cf5761f7f50a765556e7932611342c5b1cba10e542bcb037The good and bad thing about writing  is that people are always suggesting story ideas. These suggestions are usually termed like this, “Hey, I’ve got something new for you to complain about . . .”

Okay, I get it. I complain – a lot. I’d like to think I’m complaining for the greater good of mankind, but my thought process on that hypothesis could be a tad misguided.

Recently, I’ve had a lot of mothers (and by that I mean more than three) have asked me to write/grouse about the skimpy Sports Illustrated magazine swimsuit edition cover. For those of you without the benefit of sight the magazine features a woman wearing a bikini bottom that would be snug on an American Girl doll and provides minimal coverage of only the most basic parts of the female anatomy.

Here’s my problem with the photo. I don’t have one. Yep, I have zero issues with it. The model is an adult and I’m fairly certain she didn’t have regrets posing semi nude or was in any way surprised that a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue would involve stripping down to almost your birthday suit.

In fact, I think the magazine cover is actually a duel ode to the art form known as Photoshopping and the waxing industry. Can you imagine a cover like that before having bald nether regions were in vogue? Just no on that visual. Right?

What I want to say to women who were offended by the cover is that if they really want to be horrified they need to check out the Instagram accounts of 14 year-old-girls on Spring break. There you can behold picture after picture of girls in their bikinis who have taken what I would classify as burgeoning soft-core pornography shots. Close ups of their breasts in their swimsuit tops and butt photos all abound on social media. One girl even attempted to get artisty and have a cheek shot on the beach with the sun setting behind her behind.

Tragically, that’s not the worst part. The comments and “likes” the photos elicit are. This is where friends, classmates and God forbid strangers take to leaving remarks about the sexy photo a child has posted of themselves. It’s creepy and crass.

It also makes me very sad and scared. What has happened to this generation of entry-level young women that they feel the need, the desire, to objectify themselves on a very public stage and then eagerly wait for comments?

I know it’s nothing new to strut your stuff. But back in the day we did it at the local pool and our Sears Lemon Frog swim wear was no Victoria’s Secret cheekster bikini.

Sure, we can take the easy way out and blame the Kardashians. If you’re parenting a girl over the age of 11 the reality TV, social media savvy family can be used as an excuse for almost any questionable behavior your daughter maybe exhibiting. For example, wanting to wear a rainbow thong in the 6th grade – so Kardashian. Wanting to post a picture of yourself in a thong in the 8th grade – so Kim Kardashian.

Iffy role models aside what’s really going on here? Are teenage girls so lacking in self-esteem that they feel the need to go full boob on Instagram just so someone can leave a comment that they are “hot”?

Now, please note I’m not picking on just girls. I know teenage boys way overshare and there’s a reason local middle schools have assemblies about why you “shouldn’t post nudes online.”

But, and this is what was keeping me at night, why aren’t the kids afraid of their parents bringing down a mega load of wrath if and when they discover these photos? To get this question answered I went straight to the source – 13 and 14-year-old girls.

Umm, there’s no easy way for me to break this to you, but a lot of the Spring break pictures, most especially the ones featuring fannies, were taken by mothers!

The sun setting rear end shot I mentioned early that highlighted a 14-year-old’s back end spilling out of what I would graciously describe as less of a swimsuit bottom and more of a piece of lycra supplying crack camo was photographed by a M-O-M!

This makes me want so many things to happen like a national holiday celebrating the full coverage panty. But mainly I want to urge parents to teach, preach, shout it from the rooftops, do a yard sign, and maybe some kind of decal for the car (I mean seriously, who cares that you ran 22.2 miles? Wouldn’t a sticker that says my daughter is in training to run the universe be even better?) that our daughters have so much more to offer humankind than a selfie of their butt.

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9 thoughts on “So It’s Come to This – The Butt Selfie

  1. Jeanne says:

    Ok I get it, I’m an older mom (54) with a 14 year old daughter so I really don’t get the allure of a selfie but I will say there are plenty of moms loading up the web with their own duck faces. Do we all have such low self esteem that we need to be validated…constantly?

  2. Jessie Reyna says:

    This is seriously awesome. We really should stop getting “offended” by an actual, professional model in a bathing suit, and start facing the reality of young people. I am, myself, of a ripe age of 24, so I of course see the absurdity that ensues among peers who take 15 selfies a day, and I just don’t get it. Strangely enough, it’s a way to seek attention without being “annoying”, if that at all makes sense.

  3. Holley says:

    I had a friend that started buying her daughters Victoria’s Secret swimwear & clothing starting at about age 10 & would share the clothes with her daughters. They were constantly posting pics of themselves with their cheeks hanging out & lack there of of their breast & yes the mom assisted in these pics. For formal events the girls were wearing skin tight dress meant for clubbing to which the mom bought & occasionally paid to have them altered to be even tighter. These girls are still young & the mom thinks she is too. I had to end the friendship because of the morals she as a parent lacked.

  4. A.PROMPTreply says:

    Wow. I can’t figure out why you aren’t posting these in international newspapers and/or going into schools and just slapping people into shape. I’m always glad to see one of your posts because I can take heart that I’m not the only one who doesn’t see the sense in half of what’s going on these days. I can’t believe that the mothers are helping with this sort of thing! I don’t even know what to think or say about that except to feel sorry for them and sorrier for their kids!

  5. Leslie Johnson says:

    You have NO IDEA! Spring Break has amazed me this year. What makes an adult think a 17/18 year old kid is entitled to funnel beer on a public beach at 11am with MOM holding the funnel. True story here Monday in Gulf Shores.

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