You know, there is a growing epidemic affecting children (and their parents). This epidemic, first brought on (to my knowledge) by people like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Yes, I'm spelling their whole names. If you don't know them personally, you shouldn't pretend to.
This epidemic is then taken a step further by parents, (and some grandparents, *ahem) who proceed to buy clothing for their kids that allude to these (and more recent) women/girls who like the "sexy" look.
It's one thing for a woman to look sexy. It's another thing to look slutty, and it's another thing completely to market slutty clothing towards pre-teen kids.
This article on CNN is fabulous. Parents, don't dress your kids like tramps is honest and real, and my first reaction? "Finally!!" Maybe parents dress their kids like that so because they want the kids to be popular, but heck. I'd rather my daughter be popular on her own merit than because she looks a certain way. I certainly don't remember (please say I didn't!) dressing "sexy" like that when I was young. When I was 6, 7, or 8 years old I think I was more concerned with reading and playing than with clothes, or how they made me look. If anything, I think I was the opposite, with baggy shirts and backwards hats. (I have a picture somewhere, complete with flannel over-shirt. I'll show you sometime.) Even if I had wanted to dress in "sexy" clothes at that age, I'm fairly sure my parents wouldn't have let me. I sure as heck am not going to let Brianna dress like that.
In the article, they state that "In 2007, the American Psychological Association's Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls issued a report linking early sexualization with three of the most common mental-health problems of girls and women: eating disorders, low self-esteem and depression".
What does that say for what we are doing to our kids?
All you have to do is watch one episode of "Toddlers and Tiaras" on TLC to see how sexual some women portray their young daughters (and in some cases, sons!). We worry about the rise in crimes on children, and wonder why these people are taking our kids! Maybe they wouldn't see kids as sexual beings if the parents didn't dress them as such.
It's really hard for me to stop writing on this topic, because it is so close to my heart. Someone in our family (no name calling) is already buying clothes like this, "For Brianna to wear in a few years!".
Brianna is a year and half! A few years? Seriously?!
What will you do for your kids?