Mackenzie Rosman Maxim: Why Is Stripping Down a Rite of Passage for Female Child Stars?
Danica McKellar Strips Down For Maxim - Photos - X17 Online
Which makes sense, because women's power comes from making guys want to sleep with us, right? Former child stars Danielle Fishel, Emma Watson, Hilary Duff, Amanda Bynes, Danica McKellar, and Lindsay Lohan have all stripped down for these mags to create buzz for a new project or just announce their marketable womanhood to the world. The journalistic response to these publicity stunts is usually akin to "check out these good girls gone wild" or "we know you always wondered if there was a hot woman hiding inside that little girl's body, and now you finally get to see it! We shouldn't shame these women for doing what they want. As someone who looks so young that I recently got carded while trying to rent ski equipment, I empathize with the desire to be seen as an adult. Why is literally becoming an accessory considered a viable avenue for women to free themselves from expectations placed on their sexuality? Why, in , are we imposing on these women an assumption of virtue and naivete that must be one day combated in the first place?