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"Glee" in GQ: Too Hot?

A media watchdog group has issued a press release saying that the recent “Glee” photo shoot for GQ is overly sexualized.

“It is disturbing that GQ, which is explicitly written for adult men, is sexualizing the actresses who play high school-aged characters on ‘Glee’ in this way,” said Tim Winter, President of the Parents Television Council. “It borders on pedophilia. Sadly, this is just the latest example of the overt sexualization of young girls in entertainment.”

My Strollerderby colleague Madeline Holler recently leveled some similar criticism at the photo shoot.

The “Glee” GQ photos are raunchy, something you’d expect from TVs Sookie Stackhouse or, heck, a couple of airbrushed Real Houswives. Not, you know, two of the (supposed) high school girls (actually, they’re grown-up women) on a show watched by millions — including, perhaps, your own little girls!” writes Madeline.

Another Strollerderby colleague Sierra Black weighed in on the photos. Sierra wonders why the magazine chose to fetishize the skinny white girls.

“I’m pro-sex, and I want my kids to grow up with a healthy, lusty embrace of their own sexuality. But the Glee shot isn’t about the girls’ sexuality at all. It’s a pinup fantasy of high school girls as pretty objects,” writes Sierra.

Why are the female characters wearing underwear in front of school lockers? It does seem to be unnecessarily titillating — especially in a magazine targeted for adult men.

“We wonder why the show’s creators feel the need for such graphic sexualization of women. Interestingly, the photos of the male character showed him wearing a shirt, tie and vest,” points out Winter, adding that “‘Glee’ is only masquerading as family show and is far from appropriate for young viewers.”

What do you think? Did the photo shoot cross the line? And is “Glee” becoming too racy for kids?

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