I just happened to catch this on FOXnews.com; the saga of a department store that pulled a padded bikini top off of its shelves. This product was aimed at girls as young as seven years old. The article stated:
“Popular U.K. discount retailer Primark has pulled a line of sexy padded bikinis from its shelves after complaints from child protection agencies and criticism from a tabloid newspaper.
The bathing suits had enough padding in the halter top to make girls as young as 7-years-old look like they had breasts. They came in both black and white polka dot, and hot pink with gold stars.
The Sun newspaper ran a front page story Wednesday criticizing the suits. Soon after, child protection agencies started making calls to the retailer, saying the swimwear encouraged sexualization of children.
Dr. Keith Ablow, Fox News Medical A-Team member and psychiatrist, said he thinks that sexy clothing like these bathing suits can be dangerous to young girls.
“It can be psychologically damaging to encourage girls at age 7 or close to that age to consider themselves as sexually attractive to boys or men,” Ablow told FoxNews.com.”
I am glad this store pulled these, although how sad that it took complaints to get this accomplished. It shows what those of us who are trying to preserve childhood and innocence for our girls can be up against at every turn. In this day and age, I wish more parents would stand up!
- Why is it that parents think all things media are okay for children under the age of 10?
- Why is it that so many parents take children under the age of six to movies that are not only G, but PG and PG-13 if it is “kid- themed”?
- Why is it that the clothes for young girls are geared toward sexuality instead of childhood?
- Why is it that we think it is okay for small children to spend their days in school at desks writing out worksheets? What happened to hands on learning and starting academics at the right time? We used to learn how to read in the first grade in this country, why has that disappeared forever? Can we bring it back?
- Why is it that parents are so busy they don’t have time for their own children or why is it that we have parents that treat their children like a job so that they must hover over the children and control every detail of their lives?
Please stand up with me. Shop from retailers who provide clothing that look like something a young girl should be wearing – feel free to leave your favorite child clothing lines in the comment boxes in order to help other mothers. Have your child be the last one in your neighborhood or his or her classroom to have a cell phone, to see a movie. Recently at my child’s German school, the teacher asked all the children to name their favorite toys. Out of the whole class of seven to nine year-olds only my daughter and one other little girl named something that was not electronic and that did not involve a screen! Help your children flourish in imagination! This age between 7 and 14 is especially crucial for that.
This phenomenon of taking away our children’s childhoods and innocence, but yet then stretching their adolescence longer and longer before they can become independent, is harmful.
Please take a stand with me for the sake of our children.