Dakota Fanning: Too Young For Racy Cosmopolitan Cover?

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Dakota Fanning's appearance on the new cover of Cosmopolitan has sparked controversy. Reason being: she's 17 and the magazine is full of risque material.

Fanning, who turns 18 next month, appears gorgeous and grown up with dark eyes, light blonde hair and a form-fitting dress on the cover of the February issue.

That alone probably wouldn't draw fire from critics, but look the article teases:

Dakota Fanning Cosmo Cover

Some say a minor shouldn't promote a publication with content such as “His Best Sex Ever,” “Too Naughty To Stay Here: But You Have to Try This Sex Trick,” and “Um, Vagina Are You Okay Down There?” But Cosmopolitan defended its decision.

“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,” one media watchdog said.

Cosmo's response: "We’re thrilled to feature Dakota Fanning on the February cover and she looks stunning. Dakota, who turns 18 this month, is a mature, fearless young woman and we're proud to honor her as our Fun Fearless Female of the year."

Tell us: Is Dakota Fanning too young to cover Cosmopolitan?

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it's okay! but dakota looks very weard

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She posed decently... So it's okay I guess...

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My only problem with this is, Cosmo is a crap magazine.

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I dont see a problem with her cover of Cosmo. She's fully clothed, not half naked. I think i would be upset if she posed for Play Boy or some magazine that was intended for men to ogle, but it was for Cosmo, which is intended for women. not saying men dont buy this one to ogle too, cause some probably do. I agree with Robin White's comment about Toddlers and Tieras. Now that is what i call wildly inappropriate!

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Cosmopolitan magazine use to be so different. Now it's little more than trash.

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big deal! Ohhh 17! The horror! You know a 17 year old is quite sexually mature and has probably had plenty of sexual fantasies anyway. Cosmo probably did nothing to increase how sexual she is. If anything it probably did the opposite, since their tips are crappy, especially for relationships: "If your man brings you flowers, he's probably cheating on you". Cosmo sucks but I see no reason for Dakota not to be there.

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I think the magazine has been responsible for many poor choices among young people. I know it is not intended for children but it indulges their wildest fantasies rather than encouraging mature and responsible behavior. No, she doesn't belong on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine. 0:-/

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WHY IS 17 YEARS OLD, CONSIDERED UNDER AGE, IN A LOT OF PLACES? MAKE 15 THE AGE OF CONSENT. GET RID OF THE ANTIQUATED, STATUTORY RAPE LAW.

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Dakota Fanning is still a minor, but she's not a little girl. In only one month she will be 18 years old. She is past the stage of prepubescence. Most people lose their virginity at 16 or 17, and she's already the age of consent in 38 out of 50 states. So no, it's not wrong for people in their late teens to read a magazine about sex tips (such as this one) and it's not wrong for nearly 18-year-old Dakota Fanning to appear on the cover of this magazine. The people who say it's wrong just aren't ready to accept teens as sexual beings.

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Okay so any of you who are saying that she is too young to be on the cover of Cosmo has obviously never seen Dakota in The Runaways. Great movie and she is a great actress and is a very strong woman. Just because she is only technically 17 as of right now does not mean that she is not mature enough to make her own choices about her life.