156 Super Size photos of Kyla Cole by Michael White
Added October 26, 2008
Body in Mind often talks about the feminists and religious fundamentalists who hate female beauty and beautiful women. But there's another kind of beauty-hater - perhaps the most dangerous of all: the over-protective parent. This decade has seen the rise of the mother who covers her little boy's eyes from the glaring sexuality of women's magazine covers and the father who won't let his little angel bare her tummy. The problem is, by hiding it, these parents teach their children that female beauty - and sexuality - is a bad thing, and their children grow up believing it. Yet it's the idea that female beauty is bad that leads to atrocities like this week the case of a girl being raped and the justice system responding not by punishing her attacker but by punishing her, by stoning her to death. Since they believe the beauty that attracted a rapist is fundamentally bad then of course they end up punishing her, or the example of supposed 'fans' who post every single photo set from a model's paysite on file-sharing forums effectively putting her out of business. Deep down they think she's immoral for using her beauty, so they don't mind hurting her terribly. Something to think about when you try to keep an honest open approach to female beauty away from your children. More than worrying about what it might teach them if they see it, you should be worried about what you teach them when you hide it.