Music & Culture
Should Selena Gomez Have Posed for Cosmo?
Written by T.M. Gaouette | January 31, 2012
Who wouldn’t want Gomez on the cover of their magazine? After all, she has a huge following…of primarily underage girls!
Cosmo is very aware that Selena Gomez is huge. They also know that she is currently making her transition from child actress to adult, and in doing so will likely attract these young fans wherever she goes. Because of this, I feel that Cosmo is seriously marketing to young readers in the hopes of increasing their readership.
I understand that they’re trying to become more hip and cool, but do they have to lure underage readers by featuring their favorite stars?
Picture this: A young girl stands with her mom at the checkout line in a grocery store. She sees a picture of her favorite starlet, Selena Gomez. She’s seven so she can read. The picture of Selena attracts her. She reads the headline about Selena. Her eyes wander the page, and all of a sudden she’s reading “BEST SEX EVER,” “TRY THIS SEX TRICK,” or “MIND-BLOWING SEX MOVES.”
Maybe the girl’s in her early teens and decides she wants to read about Gomez, so she flips through the magazine or purchases it to read it later. In doing so, she may just be tempted to read the other information Cosmo has to offer, such as tips to enhance your sex life, ways to attract a man, or how to please a man sexually. Are any of those topics appropriate for a young teen?
Cosmopolitan sells by promoting sex. For an adult, that’s fine. But for a child, that’s just too explicit. I have three children. My 7-year-old son reads very well. With Cosmo at every checkout in the grocery store, I’m constantly diverting his attention, telling him not to read the cover, or turning the magazine over. I have enough to do juggling three young kids on a shopping trip. I shouldn’t have to worry about protecting them from inappropriate sexual content in a grocery store. And not all parents protect their children from reading such content.
It’s our responsibility to protect all children and preserve their innocence for as long as possible. Too many children are exposed to sex at way too young of an age, whether it’s on television or at school, and that breaks my heart. The media is a major culprit and the editors of Cosmo should be ashamed that they allow such graphic copy to be visible to children. Have they lost sight of all moral values for the sake of money?
The first amendment states that we have a right to free speech and the right to a free press. Asking that Cosmo be covered to protect children is not in any way infringing upon those rights. It’s just ensuring that adults alone view and purchase it. Cosmo can continue to do what they are doing, but they should not be given the freedom to infringe upon the innocence of my child or anyone else’s.
At the same time, I feel that Selena Gomez has some responsibility in this, too. I understand that she probably wants to transition from child acting to a mature forum, but she knows many of her fans are still very young. They still adore her and they’ll follow her wherever she goes.
As a role model, I think Gomez should be more particular about what publications she chooses to be featured on.
Are you a Selena Gomez fan? Would you look at Cosmo to read an article about her?