I'm a member of a parenting forum (well, really a mothers forum with the occasional father), and someone mentioned how difficult it is to raise girls today with the proliferation of the unhealthy images portrayed by Brats (or Bratz or something like that) and some of the newer Barbie dolls. Coupled the the sexualization of childrens' clothing, how do you raise a daughter with a healthy image regarding herself and sexuality. It seems like we went from women being forced to be objects for men's fancy to women wanting to be objects for men's fancy. Most facinating is how sexuality is being used for economic leverage - "If you disassociate sex from non-market feelings - pleasure, desire, intimacy - and associate it instead with consumable superficialities, you'll not only keep the rabble in line, you'll have them lined up at the mall." As a side note, for the Australians, how would you say the Syndey Morning Herald leans? I found an interesting article there (the quote is at the end of the article).