Some moments ago, a read-worthy BBC article about the issue of sexualisation of children in this day and age not just caught my attention but also prompted me to write one matter that irked me every now and then. Imagine if you happen to be walking in a departmental store where there a kids’ clothing section. Pink and purple? Check. Anything for those age between 4 to 12? Check. Ribbons and laces? Check. Padded bikini top and a g-string underwear for any eight-year-old. Excuse me, a padded bikini top and a g-string underwear for a little girl? That is just not right at all! Even this article from Daily Mail has every reason to make any sane and sensible person go hopping mad at what happened in Matalan last month.
Recently, news have it that Abercrombie and Fitch got itself into hot water with concerned people and angry parents for the marketing of padded bikini tops. Before you think those ‘Ashley’ bikini tops were marketed for girls aged 16 and above, you would be concerned, shocked or disgusted to read those bikini tops were marketed for girls as young as eight! Who would be this dumb to market padded bikini tops to an eight-year-old? For crying out loud, an eight-year-old has not gone through puberty! If any person justifies that allowing a little girl, let alone never been through puberty, to wear a padded bikini top would make a little girl in this day and age far luckier than her mother, aunt or even her grandmother who never wore a bikini as a child, hate to say this, that person does not realise he or she is somewhat supporting sexualisation of a child. The issue of over-sexualised kids’ clothing making the headlines for all the wrong reasons won’t be the first nor the last since Abercrombie and Fitch incurred the wrath of concerned and sensible people, parents and average citizens alike recently. How about this 2006 Sydney Morning Herald news article which not only made a mention about the selling of tiny bras and g-string underwear for little girls in a departmental store (How blooming inappropriate!) but also Dr. Jean Kilbourne addressing the fact that children are being turned into eye candy all no thanks to sexualisation of children. How about this 2009 article from Australia which highlighted the issue of sexualised slogans on babies’ clothing? And this online article from Canada sums it up well about how harmful sexualisation of children is and would definitely have Dr. Kilbourne agreeing with it.
As a blogger, I believe every child should be allowed to be a child rather than be a mini-adult. When I was growing up as a child in the eighties and nineties, sexualised clothing for kids were always out of the question when sense and sensibility ruled back then. In this day and age, I can’t say the same. It is so easy to blame media and television for sexualising children but I say it is parents’ responsibility (as well as the few sensible people’s) to take a stand against it. What says you about the issue of over-sexualised clothing being marketed to children? What do you think should be done? Opinions are welcomed (remember no profanity please!)