...they'd be hairy little social outcast girls these days. Be sure to read the linked Philadelphia Magazine piece for the full horror effect.
The concept that women "have to" spend countless hours and interminable dollars on hair and makeup and diet and crap to be acceptable has always eluded me--I always thought my time and money was better spent learning and creating and traveling and that sort of thing. I'm vain enough to insist on having TWO eyebrows, but that's about it.
Obviously I've always been wrong, or I wouldn't be living with a cat. *srednop*
But I think I'm not wrong on "girls aged 8--or ten, or even 13--really shouldn't be encouraged to look and act like sexually mature women." I feel sad for them.
(I had a "spa treatment" once--a Christmas gift from my best friend and her ex-husband. The masseur was a trainer with the Purdue athletic department and we talked about football the entire hour.)