I am apparently not conveying myself well. I am not in any way implying that little girls who wear bikinis are flaunting anything, nor thinking about it; that teenagers or women who wear bikinis are "looking for trouble", or that there is anything wrong with bikinis in general. I think the human body is an amazing, beautiful thing and that bikinis can look killer when the right suit on the right person. We go to no great lengths to cover up in our house when transitioning from showers to dressed, so we are not button-ed up totally modest people over here, either.
My problems are that clothing manufacturers and fashion industry are marketing "sex sells" younger and younger to girls in every season of clothing, in dolls, in all other forms of media/advertising, while boys are being covered up by looser and bigger clothes (but also being programmed that girls should be wearing much less than they are). Sometimes it's subtle, sometimes it's blatant. I don't like the message it sends, period.
A boy's torso may be exposed when he's wearing just board shorts, but he is completely covered from his waist to his knees in billowy fabric.....not in a pair of tight, small underwear and no top. Huge difference.
Again: If *everyone* was dressing this way, in shorter, tighter clothes ( a la the 70s, 80s), then it wouldn't be as big of a deal to me. When I look at pictures of me as a kid, all of us were wearing shorts that were mid thigh and snug, fitted tshirts, tube socks; boys and girls. I cannot find a pair of shorts for my son in a local storefront that is above bermuda length or are fitted, but 75%+ of the shorts for my daughter at the same stores don't even approach mid-thigh and are very snug. I can find bermudas for her, but even those are snug. THIS is the problem I have with clothing in general, and it extends to bikinis. Not that little girls think they're flaunting anything, but that girls are expected to have that as a choice of normal, but boys aren't. I hate it.