Dakota Fanning Cosmopolitan

January 8, 2012 by staff 

Dakota Fanning CosmopolitanDakota Fanning Cosmopolitan, Puhleeze! Can the prudes who are in a tizzy over almost 18-year-old Dakota Fanning appearing on the February cover of American Cosmopolitan please get their knickers out of a knot?

Cosmopolitan is, by far, the largest women’s magazine in the entire world. I can assure you that millions of 17-year-old women read it without incident. I know this as both the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and as a mother of a 21-year-old daughter.

Dakota, with her stellar acting career and great attitude, definitely qualifies as the magazine’s “Fun, Fearless Female of the Year!”

But out-of-touch critics are attacking the magazine for putting Dakota on the cover because she doesn’t turn 18 until Feb. 23rd. Their beef is that while they admit Dakota is actually in a very demure evening gown on the cover, she is surrounded by Cosmo’s typically sxy cover lines.

“Cosmopolitan is going overboard by putting an underage girl on its cover surrounded by such article titles,” so-called media expert Rachelle Friberg groused to FOX411′s Pop Tarts column. “It is one thing to educate young women about sex and their bodies, but putting a young, underage girl on the cover of a magazine that had long been known to push the limits is sending “the wrong message.”

Yes, the headline to the left of her face, says “His Best Sex Ever — Guys Describe the Mind-Blowing Moves They Can’t Stop Thinking About,” and another cover line says, “Too Naughty To Say Here! But You Have To Try This Sex Trick.”

OK, they are sxy. SO WHAT?

Have you tuned in to pop culture that 17-year-old girls have been exposed to since the 1960s? Have you seen Jersey Shore, Gossip Girl, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Pretty Little Liars and 90210 on prime time lately? Seventeen year-old girls have, and all these shows cover sex pretty explicitly and no one is freaking out about it.

Let’s talk about Dakota’s career itself. She starred in the terrific 2010 independent film, The Runaways, about the early career of rocker Joan Jett. Dakota played the very sexually precocious member of Joan’s band, the underage Cherie Currie, who performed on stage in corsets and garters and had sex on screen with a lsbn, Joan Jett, played by Kristen Stewart.

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