Some saw a broader trend on display here, not only the normalization of the pedophilic gaze, but also liberal society reaching its perverted telos. After the Netflix non-apology, Princeton’s Robert P. George spelled out such broader implications: “I’ve long said that our society’s dirtiest little secret is the sexualization of children. It was only ‘secret’ in the sense that people could pretend not to know. With Netflix’s ‘Cuties,’ that is no longer possible. You know. Everyone knows. No one can credibly deny knowing.”
Sensitive patience with challenging artwork is often commendable. Yet in this case, I think the gag reflex is far more reliable, morally speaking, than the trust that elites often place in vetted purveyors of cultural production. Cuties invites us to gaze for hours upon sexualized images of young girls against the backdrop of Islamic veils, honor, modesty, custom. Whatever the intentions of the filmmaker, or Netflix, your average American is not yet so morally supine as to be blind to the next con.Why We Shouldn’t Watch Cuties | C. C. Pecknold | First Things
The “next” con?
Excuse me, have you been asleep for the last generation or two? D’you think the gal who made the film was imagining things when she talked about what she saw as a pre-teen kid?
Why the heck is this only a problem when there’s a Netflix film of it that’s critical– rather than, as I explained to a blog-friend, it’s what your average mom has to fight against if their daughter is in a dancing and gymnastics class?
The costumes and behavior sure as heck isn’t anything new. Spend a few seconds looking for “dance moms” (the TV show, or the non-reality TV folks) or “pre-teen cheer camp” or anything similar, anytime in the last two or three decades.
It being framed as sexual behavior being sexual? THAT is unusual. It makes people think about what they’ve been perfectly fine with….up to this point.
Heck yeah it’s disgusting– so why did it take this long for y’all to figure out the “prudes” who didn’t want their little daughters dancing in two-piece swimsuits might have a point?
I’d say welcome to the party, but the response seems to be killing the messenger, not responding to the message!