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Life’s new bare necessities

April in GlenwoodApril E. ClarkGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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Dads, lock away your daughters.Monday, the Associated Press released a story on sex, porn and the flashy “look-at-me” culture. According to the Martha Irvine piece, exhibitionism has become a popular – and often warped – way for women, and even young girls, to convey sexiness. Full frontal nudity.It’s not just for porn stars anymore.Or hippies in the hot pots.The Internet, Hollywood and the music industry are busting with images that make it seem OK for girls to go wild. Flashing guys at parties, making out with each other for the camera and just plain acting naughty are practically no big deal anymore.My great-grandma McAnany just rolled over in her grave.

Mildred wouldn’t even remarry after her husband died in a tragic trolley accident in downtown Indianapolis, leaving her with four young children to raise alone. I can’t imagine what she’d say if she watched an episode of “The Bad Girls Club” on the Oxygen Network.An oxygen mask would definitely be in order.Some young girls even aspire to be Playboy Bunnies when they grow up. So much for a teacher, biologist or corporate CEO.Not that much shocks me anymore.On a recent episode of “The Girls Next Door,” Hef and his three young girlfriends were in Vegas celebrating his 81st birthday. They hosted an autograph session with fans that showed up in droves, including some young girls who had their “favorite” Girl Next Door sign Playboy calendars. They looked as young as 9 or 10. That doesn’t seem right.When I was that age, I aspired to be a roller-skating Olivia Newton-John from “Xanadu” or the rags-to-riches redhead Annie.

I always knew the sun would come out tomorrow.Of course the biggest issue with girls seeing images like the Pussycat Dolls and wanting to be “hot” is the psychological impact, according to the AP story’s sources. Low self-esteem, eating disorders, depression and anxiety can be the fallout of today’s never-ending barrage of sexpots.I don’t know about other women, but one trip through a grocery store aisle can do a number on my self-esteem. And I should be old enough to know better.I can’t imagine what it would be like to be 13 again.And not just because my braces made me pretty awkward – especially with the head gear.Not to mention I had the body frame of Peter Pan.



Good thing my mom kept me grounded during those trying times.Call me crazy, but I just find it so surreal that a porn star and former stripper such as Jenna Jameson is so mainstream. She has made more than 100 adult films, yet she spent weeks on the New York Time bestseller list for her memoir “How to Make Love Like a Porn Star.”My ultimate dream.The bestseller part, I mean.April E. Clark hopes men find a college degree sexier than a “Girls Gone Wild” video. She can be reached at aclark@postindependent.com and 945-8515, ext. 16601.


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