Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Sugar And Spice...

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...and bras and lip gloss??

What are we doing to little girls nowadays? That is a question many of us have been asking for a while now. As the father of three of these beautiful creatures, I can tell you that things are a-changin'... and it is not for the better.

Honestly, I think that most parents are blissfully ignorant of it. There are lots of people who are letting/encouraging their daughters to be WAY more than they should be at very tender ages.

Here's a piece discussing this tragedy (and make no mistake, it is a tragedy) in detail. Please read it and consider it.

Adult World Must Let Girls Be Girls

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2 Comments:

Blogger saj said...

I have an 11 year old daughter, and I feel like I could write a book about the battles that I have had with her over clothes and music.

I remember walking past her bedroom one day and watching in horror as she danced in front of her full length mirror in nothing but shorts. She was immitating Britney Spears and she was about 6 or 7 years old. She was trying to look sexy and provocative. Yikes!! That was when I realized I needed to pay more attention to what she was watching on TV.

When she was 9, she started on me about buying her a bra, which she didn't need. I heard about all her friends at school who had them. A few needed them but most didn't. I refused to buy her one until I felt like she needed it and we did that this summer. She just started the 6th grade.

When we go shopping, we have arguments over buying pants or shorts with messages written across the butt. I refuse to buy her anything that draws the eye to the rear end of an adolescent girl or a teenage girl for that matter. And I tell her the reason why I won't buy her pants like that - it's because I don't want perverts staring at my daughter's butt. I am amazed at how many parents allow their daughters to wear clothes like that. Don't even get me started with the shirts that don't cover their stomachs! Thank goodness the schools won't allow them to dress like that around here.

I even had to fight with her to keep her from wearing large hoop earrings in elementary school, even though I didn't allow her to get her ears pierced until she was 10. Of course, most of her friends were wearing big earrings. I told her they looked like little hookers walking around with earrings that big.

I was the only parent in 4th grade who complained about the sex-ed video for girls. I had no problem with it except that it mentioned tampons. Now why does a 9 year old girl need to hear about tampons!!! Tampons were around when I was in 4th grade, but the video I watched never mentioned them.

I swear I think the Amish have the right idea about shunning society because sometimes I feel like getting lost on a desert island in the middle of nowhere with my family!

10/10/06 09:02  
Blogger warhorse said...

This has been going on for a while now. About five years ago I was walking through a department store, and passed through the children's pajamas section. Stuff sized for five or six year old girls was, quite literally, lingere with fuzzy sleeves sewn on. The store staff didn't seem to think this was a problem, by which I mean the three staffers I spoke to, including the store manager, were unable to understand why I found this upsetting. WTF?!?!?

10/10/06 14:25  

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