So I went shopping for clothes for my 7-year old daughter, Maggie. It's always been bad, but never in my 30 years of raising daughters have the clothes marketed for little girls been as unapologetically, in-your-face revolting and disturbing and sexualized as they are right now.
Now available for purchase at your local Target store (you know, that bastion of family values which has defended its pharmacists when they've refused to fill prescriptions for morning-after pills):
- A little girls' black lace cami. Doesn't every 7-year-old need at least one?
- Pair it with some low-slung hip-rider jeans with sparklies:
- Maybe an "A" for "Attitude" shirt? Imagine, a girl who may just answer back! But no worries, the shirt is pink, black satin bows on the shoulders, she's just teasing you.
- For baby sister (this in toddler sizes only), we've got a Harley Davidson shorts and tank top number:
- How about some Bratz wear!
- Bratz clothes will help your girl to really feel her Bratz baby:
Note the belly shirt, thong diapie, designer bottle and stud earrings.
- And what little girl wouldn't want a sexy nightie with sheer overlay!
- This toddler T isn't from Target, but I thought it deserved an honorable mention:
- Same with this faux fur toddler mini:
- Don't forget the matching fun fur vest!
What kind of culture sells clothes like this for little girls barely past infancy? Who designs these clothes? Who buys them? Where are the protests, the boycotts? Does anyone but me see a connection between this phenomena and the recent child molestation on demand sting in which 28 people were arrested for molesting babies as young as 18 months old live, on the internet? What does it mean when a culture sells clothes like this for little girls, then says rape victims were asking for it by wearing whatever it was they wore? And then won't sell them a morning-after pill if they need one?