Ello is having a guest on her blog today, one Dr. Durham who wrote The Lolita Effect. It's about the media's sexualization of young girls, and I for one think it's a discussion worth having. There are many, many avenues that issue can take, but I have two thoughts.
First, even in adult circles it's not enough anymore to look groomed, or pretty, or attractive. It's all about looking sexy. My daughter bemoans this particular trend, as do I. See, I met my husband at work. I did not wear come hither clothing at work, yet somehow, surprise, surprise, he still found me attractive. My daughter (she's 16) told me once, "I can't find anything to wear. They are all made for a stick with boobs, and designed to make you look like a prostitute."
When did it become necessary for every woman to look as sexy as she possibly can, even when going to the grocery store?
Second, why do these girls have these outfits in the first place? Even though some corporate doofus will market them, the parents are footing this particular bill. Yes, I've given my kids money to do their own shopping, but when we got home I nixed anything I thought was inappropriate. Trying to explain to a 12-year-old why they don't need micro-mini club outfits is bad enough; but worse is mothers who buy leopard print undies and shorts with LUSH spelled out on the butt for their 4-year-olds. Come on Moms. Get a clue.