Thursday, September 17, 2009

Teen Glamour Photography May Not Be Healthy For Self-image

Teen glamour photography may seem like an oxymoron, but it's not. Teen glamour photography is more popular and prevalent today than it was two decades ago. Magazines like Tiger Beat and Teen Scene turn profits by selling teen glamour photography to a demographic that are as young as 8 or 9 and as old as 16 or 17. The real drawback is the pressure and appeal it applies to pre-teens.

The pressure of teen glamour photography is apparent when children at the age of 9 want to wear make-up, dress cool or otherwise engage in behavior designed to sexually attract older members of the opposite sex. It doesn't matter whether there are questions of morals or simply of emotional maturity, but the glamorizing of teens encourages an accelerated development of sexual identity.

No, the single cause for accelerating sexual development is not teen magazines. Nor are they responsible for girls wanting to wear make-up and jewelry. Nor are they and their photographs totally responsible for making kids want to be trendy. What teen glamour photography is responsible for is the promotion of a glamorous image and social stigma associated with not fulfilling these ideas.

Teen glamour photography is a part of a convincing package that can intimidate youngsters who are either under developed or uncertain of the 'image' they want to project. This type of glorification sets the standard for the expected image and deviations can be difficult for pre-pubescent children and those experiencing puberty to undertake.

It is unsurprising that glamour pictures feed the pressures of youth when youth is such a stressful time anyway. It is during childhood and adolescence, that a person's identity is shaped and defined. Teen glamour photography may influence key issues as self-image, peer image, definitions of attractiveness and beauty as well as denoting financial and class distinctions. As difficult as a parent may find it to comprehend the plethora of emotions their pre-teen and teenager is experiencing, the inadequacies glamour pictures can induce youths to feel should not be.

Glamour photography can have similar appeal and effects on adults as well as teens. It is arguable that adults have developed defenses that teens have not, however, the influence of teen glamour photography can be detrimental to the emotional health of a pre-teen or teen. It's important that as in any facet of a child's life, the parent be aware of the material the pre-teen or teen is viewing, including teen glamour photography. Awareness can help educate and overcome the social prejudices that may be engendered by teen glamour photography and help youth develop a healthy attitude.