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Girls are certainly in the news, as these two new magazine covers make clear. But what is the message we’re getting about the fairer sex? Clearly, we are worried about them.

Newsweek takes a paparazzi shot made during that brief moment in history when Paris and Britney were BFFs and puts a newsweekly spin on the story. There is the standard, trendy-sounding cover line: “The Girls Gone Wild Effect.” But what I find more interesting is the ungainly cover subhead: “Out-of-Control Celebs and Online Sleaze Fuel a New Debate Over Kids and Values.” What do I start fretting over first? Our culture’s values? Our next generation of leaders? Trashy famous people? The Internet? It was all so much easier when Britney was just a suburban Lolita enticing older men in her schoolgirl uniform.