First she became a 13-year-old internet meme. Now, she’s treated like a porn star | Nancy Jo Sales

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The story of Danielle Bregoli who became an overnight excitement after a memorable Tv appearance proves just how easily civilization sexualizes girls

Danielle Bregoli, the cash me ousside daughter, appeared on Instagram Live on Sunday, mugging for her iPhone camera. She pursed her lips and flicked her tongue, gazing steadily at her spectators, who promoted her to twerk, indicate tits, and blow me, girl.

Cleavage, someone commented, referring to the image of Bregolis breasts spilling out of her low-cut tank top. We need a threesome, another commenter remarked. Is this Brazzers? person asked, signifying the heavily trafficked porn site. Bregoli, who is 13, has killed to fame on a normalizing wave of the sexualization of children online. She represents a perturbing new tendency: an underage daughter who is treated like a porn star on social media.

Cash me ousside, how bow dah ?, Bregolis catchy catch-phrase, arose out of her appearance last September on The Dr Phil Show. Out-of-control teens are a Dr. Phil convention, and Bregoli was billed as a doozy, a car-stealing, knife-wielding, twerking 13 -year-old, pictured having physical altercations with mother, Barbara Ann Peskowitz. When audience members laughed at the girls blackfaced bravado( her white-girl rendition of being from the street has triggered a number of outraged think pieces ), she challenged them to take it outside. An Internet meme was born, and a social media career for a Boynton Beach, Florida, daughter from modest circumstances.

Bregoli now has more than eight million adherents on Instagram, where she can be seen doing endorsements for the inevitable Fit Tea( a weight loss tea regularly pedaled by the Instafamous ). Reportedly she has a reality show in the works, and her mother has hired a manager. But what accounts for Bregolis soaring appeal, in contrast to the countless other out-of-control teens Dr. Phil has brought on television to admonish over the years?

The answer becomes clear in a YouTube video posted in February which has get over three million views. It proves Bregoli lying on a bed, wearing merely a bra and sweatpants, slapping her behind and suggestively panting: Ass so fat, how bow dah? Then shes twerking, then placing a bottle in between her breasts.

Some of the unprintable remarks on this video joyously celebrate pedophilia. Some of the commenters react to this in abhorrence, while others justify enjoying the 13 -year-old Bregolis sexualized presentation: Ensure, Im 14, so like I have no pedophile trouble in here, I can smash, or have sex. Waiting for the sexuality tape, person observes.

Unfortunately Bregoli is no outlier when it is necessary to social media culture. Being hot is a #goal, sometimes for very young girls. Her videos and selfies may tend toward the extreme on the spectrum, but are similar in kind to those that exist all over the Internet.

Such posts are sometimes solicited by predators, such as the Australian human who was arrested this month for allegedly obtaining explicit images of children by posing as the vocalist Justin Bieber, utilizing mainstream platforms such as Facebook and Skype. And sometimes such images are freely self-generated as a way to get attention, because being sexually provocative is often what is rewarded on social media.

If you post a depict winning the math awarding, people will laugh at you, but if you post a depict in a bikini youll get like a hundred likes, a girl I spoke to in Los Angeles summed it up. And social media is an issue of the likes, and the number of views and adherents adherents girls often dont even know.

Many girls are as troubled by the sexualization of girls on social media as their parents would be, if they were fully aware. And some girls have told me that posting provocative photos is their feminism, because they are sex-positive. Thats what Kim Kardashian says, after all, when she posts a nude selfie its feminism.

And many girls look up to Kim as a role model in the digital age. Shes a successful businesswomen, the arguing goes seem how rich and famous her sexuality tape and nude selfies have attained her, and seem how many Instagram adherents she has( over 95 million ). And now girls can develop FOMO over living conditions of Cash Me Ousside Girl.

Meanwhile, sexualization hurts girls. The landmark 2007 American Psychological Association report on the sexualization of girls outline the linkages between sexualization and a host of troubles, from anxiety to depression to eating disorders to low self-esteem. Not to mention that sexualized posts by children often border on child porn, and there is a problem with the proliferation of child porn all over “the worlds”.

What should be done about children posting sexualized photos and videos of themselves? What fall within the competence of social media corporations? And how should the law answer? Until civilization catches up with this new technology, parents are the first line of defense. Its day for parents everywhere to take control of their out-of-control teens, for their own well-being and protection.

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