interviewed the woman whose complaint triggered the investigation of Pierson and Webe Web, who agreed to talk on the condition that neither she nor her daughter be identified.
She said she naively answered an online advertisement for preteen models several years ago so that her then-10-year-old daughter could begin to build a portfolio.
Webe Web representatives defended the business model, denying the sites were aimed at pedophiles, but the controversy snowballed, and soon the company was featured in unflattering spots on national news programs like “Dateline NBC” and “Oprah.” The sites also attracted the attention of Rep.
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Further findings revealed that girls felt they had to "put up with living in a sexist society” and were constantly being “watched and judged” – something that was far less evident for the boys.
The sensitive nature of Renolds’ study and its disconcerting revelations are truly sad, but where do we pin the blame? As much as popular culture’s depiction of young women and men is responsible for children growing up too quickly, are we properly educating the future generations on the true values of male and female friendship, and the various guises it can take?
She and her daughter drove to Pierson’s home studio, where they met the photographer, his wife and the couple’s 12-year-old daughter. “They said she would have a Web site so that people looking for models would offer her jobs.” Mother recounts her horror The woman said that everything seemed on the up and up during the initial visit, which included some test shots of the girl wearing different outfits, so she signed a contract.