The Daily Mail has followed up a controversial article yesterday which branded an eight-year-old girl a "leggy beauty" with a story today about an "all grown up" 15-year-old girl.
As has been widely pointed out elsewhere, "all grown up" is a phrase used regularly by the Mail to signpost photographs of young girls who might be close to the age of consent or alternatively former child stars who are now over 16.
A Google search for "all grown up" throws up a host of results from the Daily Mail like this:
Of course, the sexualisation of young girls is not only grossly distasteful it is also incredibly hypocritical from the Mail which has published many an article about young girls feeling forced to grow up too quickly by what they read and what they see in the media.
Consider these words published by the Mail Online just this month:
"Sexualisation — the forcing of a sexual identity onto a child — was a term originally applied in cases of child sex abuse. Today, it’s a problem that’s seen in every primary school, and few girls escape it... Never before has girlhood been under such a sustained assault...Something has been happening to poison their lives."
Now, who could that be, telling young girls they are "all grown up" when some are just 13, 14 or 15 years old...