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.