Wow how did this turn into this type of discussion. In the grand scheme of things her costume is just not that important enough.
But if his upmost concern was children's well-being, he could have taken number of actions such as to follow up with his report to see whether appropriate actions were taken; he could have also confronted his staff, Sandusky. Paterno did none, and he allowed Sandusky's continuous presence at Penn State players' locker room/shower facility for more than a decade after his voluntary retirement due to "prior abuse allegations." By his inaction, you'll see Joe Paterno, as well as the college officials' priority - maintaining the school's "winning football record at any cost."
I am merely stating that I sense the similar kind of priority in team Mishin: That Russia already is pushing for figure skating glory in 2014 Olympics by focusing on younger and younger talents such as Tuk. We know that packaging matters in such visual sports as lady's figure skating.
If the team Mishin's utmost priority was the well-being of Liza, would they really have clothed her in such a seemingly revealing costume (FD)? Or would they have her skate in a sensual number as Medusa addressed previouly (SD)? Together, what I see in the team Mishin's priority is "winning at any cost." This might be ok with an adult skater who is capable of consenting; with a girl of 14 years old, someone has to look after her best interest. Based on what I have seen, I don't see anyone stepping up to that place.
Lady's gymnastics were accused on "child exploitation" as they pushed younger and younger girls to perform acrobatic tricks. Their federations were rightfully condemned and they raised minimum age, as did figure skating.
I admit that I might have reacted very strongly. I do not, however, apologize for my prior comment. Many law enforcement officers are aware of numerous sexualized children's photos, such as younger female gymnasts, and/or child pageant constestants, being hoarded by child molesters after successful raids. By the same token, Tuk being so petite, looked like a pre-adolescent child dressing up as an adult - just like the way certain child molesters prefer. This is precisely the reason why I dearly wish that her FD videos not be uploaded.
We do not usually think of children as sexualized, and I am very well-aware of this topic being uncomfortable to most of us. We would really rather not think about it. However, that is precisely the attitudes that allowed for sexual assalt of children to occur so many years at Penn States and other places. I do not want to bring my work-week reality to my weekend pleasure. Unfortunately this is one incident my two worlds collided.
I have got to see this green dress.
Okay I've seen the dress and I'm sorry because it's pretty awful. I don't think I would want the older skaters to wear this just because it's not really attractive.
side note...I just realize that Liza reminds me of Elene G...shape and skating.
Also, as I mentioned above, the ugly reality is that molesters love watching sexualized children's vids. Why oblige them and give them more opportunites?
Last edited by CARA; 12-10-2011 at 08:39 PM.
I tend to get very worried when I see very young girls dressed like adults, also. I don't care what the prevailing fashions are among teenagers in any country--they often dress to rebel and to shock their parents. But youngsters in a public arena (skaters, child actors, models in jeans and perfume ads, and so on) are generally dressed by adults, and those adults are playing with fire and should know better.
I don't know if anyone here remembers the film Taxi Driver. One character in this intense, edgy movie was a very young girl who--to be delicate--was a member of the oldest profession. An uproar ensued before filming, when a very young actress (age 12 or 13) was chosen for the role. The filmmakers said that they had carefully had the child evaluated by a psychiatrist, and she was not in any danger of being damaged by playing such a charged role. The trouble is, they didn't give any psychological examinations to any of the moviegoers. One of them, an unhinged young man, developed a crush on the actress and stalked her. When she didn't pay any mind to him--and by this time some years had gone by, and she was in college--he decided to emulate the plot of the movie to gain her attention. So he shot the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, and three other people. His name was John Hinckley. He's still in jail, and fortunately Reagan survived, but his press secretary is still in a wheelchair after thirty-one years.
My point is not that Mishin is setting up for another John Hinckley. I'm explaining why after all my years on this planet, I haven't gotten any less worried about how people depict young girls when there are other choices. If the kid skates well, she doesn't need to be provocatively clothed to eke out more points from the judges. If she doesn't skate well, a dress (or a half dress) isn't going to make any difference to her ranking.
And yes, i am older. Am I a prude? Maybe, maybe not. But I do have a healthy distrust for certain aspects of human nature. Why tempt fate when you don't have to?
Now let's discuss the actual skating instead, and leave this issue somewhere else.