Who’s to blame when 8-year-olds dress like prostitutes?

Quick post today to pass on a CNN opinion article that my wife passed on to me: “Parents, don’t dress your girls like tramps” by LZ Granderson.  You’ve got to appreciate his frankness about the topic (although be warned if you follow the link that I cannot control language and comments beyond my blog’s four walls — as always, let the surfer beware!).  Here are his opening paragraphs:

I saw someone at the airport the other day who really caught my eye.

Her beautiful, long blond hair was braided back a la Bo Derek in the movie “10” (or for the younger set, Christina Aguilera during her “Xtina” phase). Her lips were pink and shiny from the gloss, and her earrings dangled playfully from her lobes.

You can tell she had been vacationing somewhere warm, because you could see her deep tan around her midriff thanks to the halter top and the tight sweatpants that rested just a little low on her waist. The icing on the cake? The word “Juicy” was written on her backside.

Yeah, that 8-year-old girl was something to see all right. … I hope her parents are proud. Their daughter was the sexiest girl in the terminal, and she’s not even in middle school yet.

And he makes no bones about who deserves, in his eyes, the blame for this state of affairs, and it isn’t the companies selling the clothes — it’s the parents.  And considering the fact that the 8-year-old above likely did not have her own job, earn her own money, and drive herself to Abercrombie & Fitch, I think he makes a good point.

Here’s a link to Granderson’s opinion piece, as well as a video in which he responds to some reader comments about the article.  Also, here’s a link to one of our own Tomorrow’s World commentaries that also covers sexualization of children, written by James Ginn: “Girls are girls no more.”  Also consider this Tomorrow’s World article by Phil Sena: “Why ‘Looking Hot’ Is Not’.”  Both are excellent.

11 thoughts on “Who’s to blame when 8-year-olds dress like prostitutes?

  1. Linda Patterson

    We could say that the world is going to the dogs. The truth is that Satan is behind all this behavior. That is why we say thy Kingdom Come. We truly need it.

  2. Betty Savage

    and a little child or children will lead them….that’s today’s society! I heard of a 10 year olds parents’ who are allowing him to get a sex change operation, parents who let their male child dress as a girl, 11 & 12 year old girls having sex, the tv show Toddlers & Ti era’s & so on & so on! Thy Kingdom come indeed!!

  3. It is so cool that you posted this Mr. Smith. Some friends had just passed this on Facebook and were very glad for dressing up in oversized dinosaur t-shirts and the like versus crazy short skirts. I read both his article, watched his video, and saw an interview he did on TV – all just a mere 2 hours ago.

    The interview was probably the most enlightening – because it was a woman host that seemed to be put on her defense when she retorded, “Well, what are the mom’s supposed to do when the girl comes to them and says, ‘well this is what my friends and their moms dress like – why can’t I?” It is all a very sad state of affairs – but the buck has to stop somewhere – and I believe both Mr. Granderson and the bible has it right – it is the parent’s responsibility. I work for a large corporation, and we work pretty hard in trying to only produce and market stuff that people will buy. Thankfully I don’t work in clothing.

    Jesus’s whole outloud prayer comes to mind: Jhn 17:14 “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.”

  4. I agree, Deano: tragic. And, Mr. Nitzberg, I find that comment telling. “…why can’t I?” So many adults have abandoned ideas of absolute right and wrong — especially in areas like this, such as sexuality and modesty — that many parents probably can’t answer their child’s question with sincerely felt authority.

  5. texasborn

    Mr. Smith, I read this in the newspaper “Funny Times” in the department of “News of the Weird” titled “Getting Old or Young”:

    “Wal-Mart announced that it would soon offer a full line of makeup especially for eight-year-olds (and up), by GeoGirl–including mascara, sheer lip gloss, pink blush and purple eye shadow–all supposedly designed for young skin. An executive of Aspire cosmetics said her research revealed a potential market of six-year-olds.”

    Weird indeed–and funny-sad, too!

  6. Steve

    This reminds me of the little Denver girl who got murdered years ago. JonBenet Ramsey. Remember her? Her parents would dress her like a prostitute for supposed ‘beauty pageants.’

    Doesn’t that break God’s law against prostituting one’s daughter, at least in spirit?

  7. Steve

    I’m not in favor of women wearing burkhas by any means, but you can see why some Muslims are equally disgusted by Western values as well.

  8. Norbert

    Then there’s always the turning of lemons into lemonade.

    “… And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Cor 6:11)

  9. Good news, indeed, Norbert. God can turn the hearts of those who make such mistakes if they are willing to repent, just as He can turn ours.

    Though girls whose parents have allowed, even encouraged them to worship elements of this sexed up culture will find the “lemons to lemonade” road a much harder one to find and walk. “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matt. 7:13-14).

    I’ll be thankful for the mercy He shows them — and me — in allowing for washing and sanctification. But I’m thankful, as well, for parents who figure these things out early enough to bless their children with a better upbringing, making the narrow path a more natural one for them to choose.

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