Fellow contributor (and also mother of a daughter) Rachel Gonzales sent me a link that all but made my head explode. (And not in a goody, goody, I’m so excited head explode way.)
Apparently, a store in Colorado was selling crotchless panties…for teen girls.
I don’t consider myself a prude. If an adult wants to buy a pair of crotchless panties, go for it. However, as a mother who has three daughters in our family ranging from age three to 22, I have an issue with this. Crotchless panties are for one thing, and I don’t think we need to promote that for teen girls who change boyfriends every two weeks.
To make matters worse, the store is called “Kids-n-Teen”–catering to young kids all the way through teens. So, if you happened to shop there, the princess play things for the three year old may have been hanging right next to the crotchless panties. Try explaining that to a preschooler.
The owner of the store pulled the panties after asked to do so by the mall manager. However, she refused to speak on camera and gave a quote that included this statement, we “have only been in business for two weeks and are still trying to figure out what to include as merchandise.”
Here’s a thought: How about NOT including things that promote sex acts for our kids?!? You’re not an adult store, nor a lingerie store. You run a business for KIDS. It is your responsibility to make decisions that are beneficial for kids. (And, hey, guess what? TEENS ARE STILL KIDS.)
When will this end, people? How much longer are we going to allow the sexualization of our young girls? It’s our time to speak out.
Watch the news video.
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