In the Times: The Skin Wars Start Earlier and Earlier
Now I'm not a parent of a teenager by a longshot -- we've got another 12 years before we hit that milestone -- but I do worry about this. I went to the mall (ugh!) a couple of weeks ago with my mom and sisters, and we were all shocked at what the (unsupervised) 9-to-12-year-old girls were wearing. They ran around in groups of four or five, all sporting what I would call a cross between sweatpants and hotpants: itty bitty athletic shorts, incredibly tight, revealing as much skin as a swimsuit would -- and in some cases, they rolled the tops down so far you could see their hipbones. (BTW, I'm 25, and my sisters are 24 and 18, so we're not *that* out of it!) Ten-year-olds! Unsupervised! At the mall! Wearing stripperwear! Am I really that old, or is this acceptable? And what are clothes going to be like when my two daughters are teenagers? Strips of electrical tape? Is it really as bad as the media makes it out to be? Do these kids just have parents who don't care, or is modesty a real struggle even when you shop with your teenagers and want them to have some semblance of decency? I'm not in favor of returning to Victorian modes of dress, and I've been known to show a bit of cleavage now and then, but I don't think it's okay for pre-teens to run around trying to look like sex symbols.
|When The Washington Post reported last summer that fashions for girls in the "tween" years were "long on skin, short on modesty," it was noting a reality that many parents of teenagers know only too well.|