Hannah Montana’s Rite of Passage

hannah_montana_soundtrack I never thought that the day would come when I would have a picture of Hannah Montana on my blog, but apparently that day is today. 

Gina Dalfonzo has an excellent post on modern rites of passage for teenager girls that is a must read for every parent of teenage girls.  Dalfonzo writes:

 

 

 

 

And that’s what I mean by a “rite of passage.” Every young girl growing up becomes a sexually mature being, and we used to have ways to help her handle that fact: primarily, a culturally sanctioned (if sometimes nebulous) belief system that portrayed sex as one important part of marriage and life, not the be-all and end-all of existence. Good parents still teach their daughters this, but the culture all around them is teaching them something else: that the natural result of growing up — not just an option, but the very definition of growing up — is becoming a “girl gone wild.” (No wonder we use the term mature themes to mean one thing and one thing only. I use it myself, because it’s a useful shorthand, but I cringe whenever I do.) And even the stars who profess faith generally compartmentalize it out of their way, because apparently faith means one thing before you reach adolescence and another thing after. It can’t be allowed to interfere with real life, and especially with real “growing up.”

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April 24 2009 04:00 am | Blog

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