Friday, August 13, 2010

Feminist Friday Round Up

So I know what you're thinking, two posts in one day what a post whore. I try not to inundate you with too much of my mindless ramblings as I try to make sense of my life but today is Feminist Friday Round-Up over at Transatlantic Blonde and I forgot to unschedule the Terrorist post and replace it with this post so that's why you all have two posts today. Sorry.

This week's prompt is fashion. That Transatlantic Blonde is a very open ended gal. Oh, wait, maybe I shouldn't be calling a feminist "gal". Any way as a teacher of 8 and 9 year olds I see a lot of inappropriate fashion on their part. I work in a uniform school, but on special occasions the students are allowed to wear regular clothes.

Now, call me old fashioned but the word "cutie" splashed across an 8 year olds rear end and the phrase "These Are Real" splattered across the front of a young girl's T-shirt don't exactly jibe with me. These are kids, not teenagers or adults. We need to be preserving our young girl's childhood.

The world already views young girls as sexualized (Toddlers and Tiara's anyone?) and in a world of the Miley Ciruses, Britney Spears, and Lindsey Lohan it's no wonder that young girls are wanting to dress beyond their years BUT this is where the parents come in. It's no fun but sometimes you just have to say no. No you cannot wear a bare midriff. No you cannot wear shorts that are cut up to your ass cheeks. No you cannot wear a shirt that proclaims to the world that your "hugs are 50 cents but they can kiss your ass for free" (another gem from my years of teaching).

The clothing companies are making these clothes because people are buying them. Once our kids are teenagers making their own money in part time jobs parents lose some control over what they wear and what they buy, but when kids are still young they need boundries. Protect your girls as long as you can.

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Simply Stacie said...

I just wanted to let you know that your feature is posted!

Melaina25 said...

I saw a 6 year old getting her legs shaved, a fake tan, acrylic nails and highlights on "Toddler and Tiaras."

WTF! While I don't agree with tons of makeup on children in pageants, at least the makeup comes off. I can't imagine dyeing a 6 year old's hair!

I agree that young girls are over-sexualized and it needs to stop. Hopefully this new generation of girls won't be allowed to dress like Prostitots and the fad will fade out.

PS- Gal is perfectly acceptable to me. I did have a Uni. professor tell me that after you turn 18 you aren't a girl anymore, but a woman. So I don't tend to call anyone over 18 a girl, but gal is fine :)

The Ranting Mommy said...

Good lord, I nearly puked when I read the 'Hugs are 50 cents' one. Ugh. My daughter is only 4, so I haven't yet had to worry about that. But I DREAD that time. It is not like you get any help from any other segment of their day-to-day world. Anyway, thanks for sharing!

Hazel said...

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The Bipolar Diva said...

It's no wonder so many of our girls are in trouble these days. Disgusting.

misssrobin said...

I don't understand why so many parents think it's cute to dress their kids like prosti-tots.

I also don't understand why they are so afraid to parent. Your kids will have many friends but usually only one set of parents. Please fill that role.

Great post.

Lil'Misa said...

It is sad to see those types of clothes on young girls.

Plus Size Barbie said...

Thanks for stopping by! I'm your newest follower too!

I totally agree with your post. My mom teaches Kindergarten and she has had the same gripes too. I do not have any children yet but I can't imagine letting my child go around in something like that. You only get to be a kid once. Why is everyone in such a hurry to grow up? Have a great weekend!

Janet said...

Stopping by for SITS Saturday Sharefest!

I wholeheartedly agree. It's just twisted for such young children to be wearing sexually suggestive clothing. And you're right, it's the parents who buy the stuff and allow it to be worn. Craziness!

What I Did Today said...

Hi! Just stumbled on to your blog and glad I did! This is a great subject to tackle and I couldn't agree with where you stand more. Many women get so mad when men treat them like objects but then they turn around and let their daughters dress like that! Such a double standard. I've got two little girls who won't be allowed to wear anything that makes them appear to be a sex object (at least not while living under my roof and eating my food!). But first I will make sure I set an example and am not a hypocrite in how I dress, and will find them good role models now. Thanks for voicing on this!

Allyson said...

Sing it sister!

Elly @ The OCD Chronicles said...

I am aghast that the little girls at your school wear those things. I was a nanny to a girl that age for a couple of years, but she wore appropriate clothing. Why do parents let their little girls wear "These are real" shirts?! Ugh!

Anali said...

Well said! And thank you so much for stopping by my blog! ; )

Teresa said...

the first time i saw toddlers and tiaras there was a marathon and and yes i sat there for 3 hours watching it and every episode i watched just got me more angry. what kind of parent does that?!

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