Today, the cultural sexualization of girls increasingly overlaps with and merges into prostitution. The most visible example of sexual objectification today is Beyonce Knowles. “Variations of Beyonce’s (most recent) body suit can be found in brothels, strip clubs, and red light districts across the world – where sex is for sale and it happens to be dispensed through a woman’s body. That she is a human being with feelings and dreams, perhaps a sister, a mother, a leader, a teacher, a student – ALWAYS – a daughter – all of this can be forgotten,” says Rakhi Kumar here.
It is sad when the US president’s wife holds up Beyonce as a role model for girls, and we commend Rakhi Kumar for her criticism of Ms. Obama’s choice. Making the connection between sexualization of girls in the media and prostitution happens too rarely – and we also appreciated that.