…How each family determines what is appropriate dress or not is going to depend on the family and the age of the girl. Generally speaking, there are some garments in cultural perspective that carry fetishized meanings with them – knee high boots, fishnets, mini skits, lace thigh highs, candy red high heels….I would say those are no-no’s for the under 18 set. And yes, I agree shorty short shorts and low cut tops are advertising body parts of young girls. You’ll have to decide where you draw your line. And yes, much of the girls departments offer clothing that turns girls into mini-adults and I’m not a fan of that trend. But no piece of clothing turns a girl into a tramp.
So what do we take away from the this week’s hullabaloo about kids, sex, gender, and childhood?
One – we can open a larger conversation about slut-shaming and stop assuming and judging a person’s sexual history and sexual availability based on their outfit.
Two – we can see that there is no black/white to this issue. It isn’t just parents at fault, it isn’t just companies/marketers at fault. We need, as a culture, a fundamental shift in how we view our children, and how we value childhood.
A much better perspective than much of what I’ve read about this issue. Also good: http://www.micheleborba.com/blog/2011/04/12/regaining-childhood-parenting-a-t…