A couple of days ago, I was watching YouTube videos of young girls performing yoga partner exercises in imitation of experienced yoga practitioners. These videos were all similar in that these girls could hardly stop laughing long enough to accomplish any of the poses that they were imitating. They were also similar in that they all had on shorts that were way too short and revealing, and they didn’t care.
I left some comments to their videos making fun of them, but not in a mean way. I wanted to taunt them some more, because they were kind of looking for trouble and attention anyway, but I didn’t want to get into trouble with my comments, because these girls were about 16 years old.
Later, YouTube included in my list of recommended videos, a Russian video that I thought could have been classified as child pornography. For those of you not familiar with the internet website YouTube, they are very strict about prohibiting videos with nudity, but it sometimes happens that videos get uploaded to YouTube that haven’t been complained about and removed yet.
I was unsure what was going to happen in this Russian video with a young girl of about 12 years old. As this video ended, it turned out to not have any nudity, and it was not pornographic, but I wondered what they were doing with this young girl, it looked like she was being exploited.
It turned out that I was wrong, she was not being exploited, I got the wrong impression from the first video of her that I watched. After watching about five more videos of her, I found out what was going on.
This Russian girl is named Milana. She is the youngest child, and perhaps she came as a surprise to her parents, a middle-class Russian couple, because their other children are full grown. Her mother and father are rather large portly Russians, sturdy, with dark features. It must have come as a surprise to them that not only did they have one more child late in their life, but that this child would be such a fair, delicate, beautiful girl.
Because this girl Milana was such a surprise to her parents, especially her beauty, they began video recording her, and posting these videos to YouTube showing her when she was eleven or twelve years old. Rather than exploiting her, her father and mother are very proud of her, watchful, and protective.
This first video below, I originally planned on including this video in a blog post without much explanation, just to anger women, who would be sure to think the worst, like I did.
Once I had watched about five of these videos with Milana, my purpose in showing her videos changed. Her mother and father who are in their fifties, who are not glamorous looking people themselves, realized how remarkable looking their daughter was, and wanted to capture this on video, and share it.
Her parents frequently take her on outings, and it is fun to see how she reacts to things, experiencing sights and places for the first time, as a young new person, unburdened by care, worry, fear, or self-doubt.
In this second video, this is a better representation of what her parents are trying to do with her videos.
What is also interesting to me, is that due to the way that Milana’s parents are, she is not focused on material possessions, cell phone, celebrity news, money, or wanting things. There are many more videos of her and her family, which show a much different way of life than we have in the United States.