I have days when I despair at the state of the first world. On some of those days it’s because I’m pre-menstrual. But more often, it’s because I’ve been looking at social media and seeing acres of dross like this:
I despair as a woman. I despair as a mother. I despair as a human being that the currency of success, of fame, of value appears to be inextricably linked to looking hot. Flashing flesh. Pouting and preening for the camera.
Whoever exposes the most skin and poses in the most sexual way wins likes and thus social status. Narcisim is something to be celebrated instead of reviled. Vanity is the norm and humility and modesty are as old fashioned as fax machines.
Today she’s come out with a suggestion to girls and young women: put some clothes on. In an interview with News Corp, she said:
“I’m a big advocate for young girls dressing their age. I mean, for me, I look around at a lot of young girls that are my age and they’re always trying to dress older. Whether it’s wearing revealing clothes or hardly wearing any clothes at all, I feel really bad for them.
“It kind of has the opposite effect in some ways … it kind of does the opposite where it makes you look younger and like you’re trying too hard. I almost wish I could tell young girls, ‘look, in 10 years when you look back at yourself, you’ll cringe honey, honestly’,” she said.
“A lot of times I want to grab these girls and say ‘look … in 10 years you’ll regret this. Just dress like who you are. Don’t try so hard. A pair of jeans and a T-shirt is just as gorgeous and even makes you look classier. The way I choose to dress, I want to influence other people around me I suppose.”
To agree with Bindi is to risk being called sexist or oppressive or a nana. She’s already been slammed by the outspoken former Neighbours star Caitlin Stasey who tweeted:
Open letter to bindi, in ten years you’ll wish you stood beside your shared sex rather than be proud you belittled their choices & agency
— caitlin stasey (@caitlinstasey) June 23, 2014