The other day a cute little 8 year old girl came by my house wearing a cute little white tank top with A SPARKLY PINK PLAY B*Y BUNNY LOGO EMBLAZONED ACROSS HER CHEST!!!!!
Oh wait, was I yelling? For crying out loud, why on earth would a beautiful innocent little girl be wearing something that screams, "Look at me, I'm a sex object in the making?"
I asked her if she knew what the bunny on her shirt was.
"No, what is it."
"Oh, well it's a logo from a magazine called Playb*y. Do you know what that is?"
"Well," I paused, trying to figure out how to put this delicately. "It's a magazine that has pictures of naked ladies that some grown up men like to look at."
At first I wondered, "What are her parents thinking buying her a shirt like that?"
And then I realized that they speak very little English, they are first generation Americans and it's likely they don't know what the shirt is either.
It occurs to me that maybe they bought it at a secondhand store and that it wasn't meant to be a little girl's shirt.
But why would grown up women wear it either?
I can't decide exactly who I am angry at. It is the manufacturer's fault for making such a shirt, or the retailer for carrying it, or a society in which the p*rn industry thrives in the first place? Whose fault is it that a little girl like her can so easily find herself sporting such a symbol?
I've never considered myself an over the top advocate of modesty. (I breastfeed in public for crying out loud.) I have let the Girl wear two piece suit when she swims, though not the ones that look like grown up bikinis, and I have been known to wear outfits that show some skin at my waist, back when it was skinny. I'm not advocating burkas for women and little girls, but when did it become okay for little girls to wear trashy provocative clothing? When did looking sexy become something that anyone under 16 was thinking about? I don't even know how to go on with this topic. It seems self evident to me that this is wrong but I haven't yet figured out how to take it from the point where I am livid to something constructive.
That's where you all come in. What do you think about little girl clothes that are slutty? And what do you think should be done about it?