Little women: photographing tweens from Boston to Beirut
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Rania Matar photographs girls aged between eight and 13, letting them choose their own clothes and poses. She talks about growing up a tomboy, selfie culture — and why she gets annoyed when anyone says the pictures are sexual. D ress straps slip off shoulders, painted nails splay on hips. But look more closely at these girls, who are aged between eight and 13, and the picture becomes more complex. They look variously knowing, sophisticated, elegant, inelegant and uncertain.
Sexual feelings, attractions, fantasies and desires affect virtually all people from at least puberty onwards. The average age of puberty for girls in the UK is 12 to 13, 13 to 14 for boys. In common with other aspects of development, the age at which puberty occurs varies widely from person to person.
But a few years later, that laughing, carefree young girl was sold for sex allegedly through the website, Backpage. She estimates she was paid for sex over times, and she firmly believes that the site made it possible for her pimp to post ads offering her for sex over and over again. All day, every day. Natalie is now a year-old mother with a toddler and another baby on the way.