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One of the politicians over here, has criticised big stores for allowing sexy underwear to be sold to kids under ten years of age.

David Cameron, leader of the opposition, had this to say:

It was very unfortunate that one of the stores that he mentioned by name, had actually withdrawn this particular range three years ago, after complaints from parents. He was duly accused of being out of touch.

Regardless, I actually agree with him. I do think itโ€™s wrong that some parents dress their children up in clothes that are more suited to adults.

I wonder whoโ€™s clever idea it was to pad out a bra meant for a seven year old?

Iโ€™m always reminded of what happened to Jonbenet Ramsey when I see little girls dressed in clothes that are far too old for them.

Regardless of whether the parents killed her or not, they should still be horse-whipped for sexualising their child in the way that they did.

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  • Scott
    May 10
    7:43 pm

    I agree Karen. If I had a daughter, she would be dressing like an Amish girl until she moved out. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • Madonna
    May 10
    9:51 pm

    I agree up to a point, but I also think that there is a lot of pressure on parents to buy their children the latest fashions. They see what the celebrities are wearing and they want to copy them. It’s difficult to say to a child, no you can’t wear that because dirty old men might look at you in a way that is inappropriate.

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  • Lauren Dane
    May 10
    10:53 pm

    I am always so freaked when I see the clothes marketed at young girls. Tight, midriff baring, shorts so short half their butts would hang out. And OH! the things these shirts say! I don’t care what my daughter wanted, there is no way I’m buying her a shirt that says, “I need a sugar daddy” when she’s six (or sixteen for that matter)

    I’ve had a hard time finding suitable clothes to send my neice for her birthday, etc for years and now I’m having to deal with the same stuff with my daughter. Thank goodness it’s not as hard with boys!

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  • Bookwormom
    May 10
    11:02 pm

    My daughter is 14 & it’s damned hard to find reasonable clothes for her, let me tell you. I end up going way out of our area to find her clothes she & I can agree on.

    The trends here in the US are going younger & younger. It really bothers me. The sexualization of young children is horrifying.

    I saw a print ad in a store aimed at teens saying the jeans were ‘more modest’ with a mannequin modeling them. These ‘modest’ jeans were still a good 2″ below the navel. Paired with a baby tee which would barely cover her breasts. Lovely.

    Our older son says the term for visible thongs above the pants is “whale tail”.

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  • Fickle Fiona
    May 10
    11:08 pm

    Pants with words on the butt. Hate them.

    …Fiona…

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  • Rosie
    May 11
    5:13 am

    I don’t think it’s hard to say “no” to a child. I, thank God, don’t have to clothes shop with or for girls, but I just did 6 months with a 16 year old boy wearing tight girl pants.

    It was a compromise. I said “no” to lip piercing, hair coloring, all black clothes, and make up. Guess what? He got tired of squashing his gonads and is now wearing size appropriate clothing. All you can do is stay in the trenches with them and negotiate reasonable compromises.

    My advice to any parent…don’t give up.

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  • Jaynie R
    May 11
    7:00 am

    My daughter is 5 and I buy her tops in a size that is 2 sizes ahead of her age – otherwise they are tight with the belly showing. At 5 for freaks sake.

    …oh she’s average size so it isn’t cos she’s too fat or anything.

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  • sybil
    May 11
    7:53 am

    Should it be because of dirty old men? Even if they weren’t going to look at the kid, why does a child need to be dressed like that?

    Blaming tv, movies and actors is a cop out, sorry.

    My mom has a bitch of a time finding shorts for my 12 year old sister that she can wear to school. For some reason stores don’t think of dress code or the fact a 12 year old doesn’t need her ass hanging out of her shorts.

    Then again lil sis doesn’t want that either. Go figure…

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  • Dawn
    May 11
    10:07 am

    This I have something to say about.

    Why can’t you say “No” to a child? That’s a ridiculous statement. I’m constantly saying “No”.

    My daughter’s 10, and I want her to dress modestly. No crop tops, boob tubes, vagina skimming trousers. Nothing with provocative words. I don’t even allow her to wear a bikini for swimming. Even no high heels – anything over 1 inch is a high heel.

    Only recently have I relented to allow her to wear bikini style panties. I still check the width of the gussets!

    She still dresses fashionably, but suitably for a girl of her age. It quite often takes me longer to find something for her to wear, but I know which shops will sell me the kind of clothing that I’m looking for.

    She was looking through the catalogue recently and showed me some jewellerly with a “cute bunny rabbit” that she’d like to get. The cute bunny rabbit was the Playboy Bunny! Needless to say, it was an instant “No!”

    Incidentally, I don’t think that a lot of parents and kids realise that that bunny is a symbol for pornography.

    A friend of mine told me recently that at a recent school governors’ meeting, they took a vote to ban the little girls from wearing thongs! We’re talking about 5/6 year olds for Christ’s sake!

    Frankly, this is not even about protecting my daughter from the eyes of potential leches out there. It’s about giving her the chance to be a child as long as possible.

    *taking a deep breath now*

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  • Sam
    May 11
    7:23 pm

    My mom works with sex offenders in a maximum security prison. Believe me – Anything gets these freaks off. They can’t even look at an ice-skating show without going off. (OK – the ice skaters these days are dressing like sluts, but it didn’t always used to be like that…)
    Anyhow, you can’t be too careful with kids!!!!! There are Sick people out there – (see Karen’s blog post a few posts down…)

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