Miu Miu and the historical fetishization of schoolgirls

Miu Miu’s short skirts, loose ties and understated khaki colors were emblematic of the company’s twisted sexualization of young schoolgirls. (Photo courtesy of Imaxtree)

Miuccia Prada’s latest collection for Miu Miu’s 2022 Ready-to-Wear collection was a success. Short skirts, flared buttons, baggy ties, and muted khakis mimic an action figure, badass vibe that would keep anyone coming back for a second look. Sheer calf socks with chunky moccasins are even on par with parent brand, Prada.

One thing that was impossible to ignore, however, was how drastically different the physical coverage was throughout the show. Some models gave off the relaxed and effortless look of cool school kids, while other girls wore super short skirts and button down shirts and super short sweaters. But that made me a little uncomfortable.

Now, I’m not blaming Ms. Miuccia Prada herself – if you’re reading this by chance, I’d give you an arm and a leg. His RTW collection aimed to break down barriers and fashion norms by playing with hems and silhouettes. I loved the ‘cool girl’ vibe Miu Miu gave off throughout the show – the curvy catwalk, sultry sheer socks, soft colors, and the obvious homage to the Y2K trend of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. Ties flirted with the idea of ​​androgyny and genderless clothing that is increasingly being promoted in the fashion world.

But at the same time, I can’t help but link this to how schoolgirls have historically been sexualized.

This overt sexualization of schoolgirls isn’t just in the United States – it’s a global phenomenon. This is largely due to the way schoolgirls and their dynamics are portrayed in the mass media. In pop culture, a myriad of examples of student-teacher affairs exist in shows such as “Pretty Little Liars” in the United States and “Girl From Nowhere” in Thailand and in comedies such as “That’s My Boy “from Adam Sandler. It is even prevalent in books like “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov and Japanese Anime (especially in the “hentai” porn genre) as well as in music videos such as Britney Spears’ hit music video in 2009, “Hit Me Baby One More Time ”.

But above all, a big reason for this sick and pedophile fetishization of female education is due to the porn industry. Porn already represents a false fantasy of what sex is and how sex can be, but there are so many categories in porn that have to do with women and their education. Whether it is the same trope of students and teachers or schoolgirls using their bodies as a way out of the troubles of authority figures, it continues to hamper the progress of equality in the education system. and expresses an implicit sexism.

After striving for so long for gender equality in education, which has yet to be achieved globally, it is frustrating that a hidden price of women’s education is the sexualization of women. this. Yes, intelligence is often seen as an attractive trait, but my literal upbringing and attending an institution as a woman shouldn’t be the reason for your excitement. It also means that the education of women is not an invitation to continue to produce and maintain the fantasy of this pedophile fetishization.

Let me say it again: my upbringing and ability to be educated are not reasons you should be turned on.

In the 21st century, I would expect us to stop this frightening sexualization amid all the Hollywood scandals exposing celebrities like R. Kelly, James Charles and Drake Bell charged with endangering children and possessing child pornography. . But it looks like our society still has a bit of work to do. I’d say better late than never, but I think it’s more appropriate. Hurry up.

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