The movie Little Miss Sunshine(2006) seems to fit right into our discussion in this module. If pole dancing had really taken off at that time I think they would have had the seven-year-old performing that skill in the end instead of just stripping. This movie points out how innocent young girls really are, this little girl had no idea she was doing something risqué. She was just doing what she was told to do. Susan Douglas discusses this movie in Chapter 6 of our text, The Rise of Enlightened Sexism. Douglas is talking about the sexualization of girls at a younger and younger age in our society. She admits “chubby” Olive will not have a chance. I did not realize he actress had to don a fat suit to play the part.
A comment that brings to my mind these mothers hiding behind the pretense of getting their daughter exercise. I would bet the young girls being brought to the pole dancing school are not “chubby” in any sense. I think a chubby girl would refuse to be caught dead in such a place. Douglas points out my theory children do not get that an activity is sexual, they are innocent and these mothers taking them to this class are polluting their minds. She goes on to state my sentiments exactly, it is very bizarre to have your daughter learn to pole-dancing at any age, let alone under eighteen years of age. Douglas points out Little Miss Sunshine was the inspiration for Toddlers and Tiaras. She says exactly the same thing these misguided mother think, “sexualization of girls is meant to be seen as harmless, funny, or both. Well these mothers in Canada see it as ‘exercise’ and nothing more. (185-186)