Monday, June 29, 2015
A Mom Sounds-Off About Youth Fashion And Appearance
(from another posting here on Blogger)
"A few weeks ago we went to Macy's (with a coupon, of course) to find my daughter an Easter dress. There were a couple of nice traditional Easter dresses, but there were several that looked like they should come with a complimentary pole and hooker heels! Of course, THESE are the dresses my daughter is attracted to. 'Pleeeease, Mommy. I love the pink one. See how it has jewels?' (Yeah, where her non-existent breasts go. I guess if I bought her the padded push-up bra from Abercrombie she'd fill the jewels out nicely.) 'Oooh, I love how my back shows in this one, Mommy!' (Who makes a backless Easter dress for kids?) After some tears and a lot of 'Because I'm your mother - that's why,' we finally decided she could squeeze into her 5T dress from last year one more time long enough for church and we'd cross this bridge next year.
It's not just Easter dresses. It's everything! I spend a fortune on her clothes because the only place I find nice, little girl clothes in her size is Gymboree, Hanna Andersson and Naartje. And it's not just that the clothes are too sexy. If they're not too sexy, then they're just too damn mature for these little girls. What little girl needs a maxi dress?? Where is she going to wear that? Not to the playground. Not to school. Does she get invited to many poolside cocktail parties? What little girl needs short shorts with a logo emblazoned on her ass? Who buys those? Why are you interested in drawing attention to your daughter's ass?
Our little girls have such a long road ahead of them already, filled with land mines like anorexia, bulimia, cutting, depression, drugs, sex, and more. Why are people trying to put them on that road earlier and earlier?
Body image is a BIG deal in this country. Why in the hell would we want to start that crap with our 5, 6, and 7 year olds? Let's give them a couple more years of liking themselves.
Ugh. I don't know who to punch: the manufacturers of this shit, the stars like Miley Cyrus who wear this crap, the retailers who stock it, or the consumers who buy it. I think, ultimately, the blame goes to the consumers. There may be a couple kids out there with Gold Cards, but most of the buying is done by mom and dad. If we'd just stop buying this misogynistic whore-wear maybe companies would stop trying to sell it to us and Miley would realize she's irrelevant and she'd go away."