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.