Not That You Asked

I was all set to complain about the EEG today; the instructions for the procedure clearly state that you should not allow your child to sleep the full night and that they should want a bottle during the procedure. So, they want your child to show up cranky and hungry. Charlie, however, took a nap in the car on the way over and was in a GREAT mood. It was our best EEG yet although they didn’t get any recordings of him sleeping.

I tried to discern something from the squiggly lines, but I’m no doctor. The tech raised one eyebrow once, but other than that she was stone-faced. Someone will call me in a few days after the epileptologist reads it.

So, rather than complain (since I don’t have any complaining to do), I’m going to talk about Miley Cyrus’ picture on the cover of Vanity Fair.

Here’s my opinion: It’s a picture of a clearly topless fifteen-year-old girl. Rather than blame the girl, let’s blame the photographer. I know that Annie Leibovitz is supposed to be a big deal and everything, but shame on her. You don’t take pictures of fifteen-year-old girls without their shirts on. It’s that simple. Maybe Miley was OK with it and maybe she wasn’t. Point is, she’s not at the age of consent. She’s not even really at an age where she can draw the line between “art” and exploitation. From what I’ve read, even parental consent doesn’t allow someone to take nude photos of a minor. There were about a gazillion photo people there and SOMEONE should have stepped up and said, “she not eighteen, you can’t legally do this.” I bet Vanity Fair has a lawyer on staff–didn’t anyone think that about this? It might be a beautiful photo (personally, I don’t think it is, but I’m no photographer), but that doesn’t make it OK to take pictures of young girls without their clothes on. If this wasn’t a famous girl and this wasn’t a famous photographer than this would be an issue for the police. Instead, people are asking Miley and Annie to give quotes about the photo. For crying out loud, she is fifteen and a very reputable photographer asked her to do things to get on the cover of Vanity Fair. If that isn’t manipulation of a minor then I don’t know what is.

My two cents.

PS: I’ve got new pictures on Flickr and a new video on Youtube. Let me just say, the Youtube video has me with wet hair and in my sleeping clothes. I didn’t know that I would be in the video too. Just try to ignore my heinous appearance and focus on the baby.

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  1. I completely agree. Not exactly art if you ask me… But apparently any sort of nude or semi-nude picture these days is considered art. (Listen to me… “these days”?) And it’s not exactly a flattering picture either.

    This reminds me of the big model scandal with the topless underage girl in Time Magazine… actually, she’s a good friend of mine, but that’s irrelevant… These photographers need to stop labeling everything as art & realize that it is what it is… artists don’t just get exceptions made for them. It’s kind of the law, and a bit of a double standard.

  2. WHAT was, oh, EVERYONE involved in that picture from shoot to print actually THINKING? Let’s just say it was legal–it’s still highly inappropriate for any 15 year old girl, much less one with a fan base of girls mostly under the age of 10. Freakin’ ridiculous. And big-time shame on her parents, too.

  3. Nadine Hightower says:

    I agree too!
    My hubby doesn’t want me to pose like that. That “I just tumbled outta lover’s bed” look.
    I want to do a topless draped in furs…..I’m 4ahhh…35…ish!!

  4. Small Town Girl says:

    My question is where were her parents when that shoot was happening? There’s no way I’d be letting my kid participate in something like that. I’m not a fan of the picture, either.

    About your comment on my space, my local culture is very Scandinavian. Most of the people that immigrated to my part of the state came from Norway or Sweden and that’s still a huge part of our culture. To say that your and my local cultures are different would be a gross understatement! :)

  5. Ya, I mean, she’s 15, don’t blame HER. Blame the adults that were there, BOTH her parents and that photographer. I can see her parents thinking oh she’s working with this great photographer but they shoulda said umm no.
    I want to know, how do these girls look so old? When I was 15 I looked 15! Now it seems like 15 year olds look/dress/act like they are like 20!! I was running the other day and saw a group of probably 13/14 year olds and they were all wearing these tight itty bitty shorts and I was thinking why do their parents evne let them wear those? I know it’s just what’s “in” right now but geez.

  6. Tiffany says:

    Hey girl… I have to agree that the pic of Miley makes her look half dead… WTH? I cannot believe they took her pic like that! Especially because she is 15 and not 18. Crazy!

    Keep us posted on the EEG results! I will be praying that they turn out good!

    Hugs – Tiffany

    PS – I’m hooked on the jello parfaits in the cafeteria! UGH! :)

  7. AGREED!

    Not ONLY is she a nekked teenager, she looks like she’s strung out on meth or something. It’s a HORRIBLE photo.

    WHAT were they THINKING??? OY.

  8. desperate housewife says:

    Hear, hear! I feel terrible for her; she’s still a child and probably had no idea the repercussions of this one decision, if it even WAS genuinely her decision.

  9. Leucantha` says:

    I’ll add my two cents too, I totally agree. I think it is interesting because we watched 10 minutes of the today show this week, my son was singing Miley Cyrus, Miley Cyrus. He didn’t know her name befoe. Annoying! I guess that is what I get for having the tv on.

  10. Mannyed says:

    AGREE 100% When it comes down to it, Anne was taking pictures of a half naked minor. People go to jail for that sort of stuff.

    Hoping the EEG comes back great.