Our Conservative Youth

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By Liz.

So you may have figured out that I’m one of those nostalgic types that will forever pine for the olden, golden times. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that when I was looking through Otessa’s Flickr photos today, I was overcome with the sense that my childhood was a WAY better deal than what kids growing up these days are getting.

For one, they’re actually relatively conservative compared to what I was chastised for wearing as a teen (ahem… miniskirts, midriffs, tube tops, ripped jeans, and a slew of other faux-pas). I see teens wearing blazers(?!), 5-inch heels, fitted cardigans, with neatly coiffed hair and matching handbags. This make me so angry because I feel like by acting and dressing like they’re grown ups, young teens are missing a big part of discovering their individuality and self-expression. They’re missing out on what it’s like to make stupid fashion mistakes, try new things, and just generally to be adventurous and defy convention.

 

That’s why when I see Sarah’s crazy multi-colored hair and the bare midriffs of the OJBG girls in their tutus, I appreciate their wildness and actually being a teen. Oh and BTW, did you see this pic of Otessa’s hair? Love it!

On another note, check out these adorable pictures of children with swag. So I shake my head when I see a 12 year old dressing like she’s 25, but when young kids do it, it’s SO cute! Although, I’m still a big proponent of letting kids run loose and getting dirty :)

 

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