I have a son, a grandson, a slew of nephews and only 3 nieces so I'm not well versed in female fashions for the younger set. I've seen the little Hoochie Mamas in the mall dressed like underage hookers or a pedifile's dream, and have been appalled that their mothers' would let them out of the house dressed like that.
But the other day while shopping for a friend, I was shocked speechless and that's ain't easy to do!!
There in the little girl's department, in the sizes for a child age 6 or 7 (kindergarten or 1st grade) I saw kid's thong underwear!! True, butt-floss thongs like you see in Fredericks of Hollywood catalogs. They even had matching sexy bra and thong sets for itty-bitty girls!
Now the kids that are small enough to wear this stuff would be too small to shop, so their MOTHERS would have to be the ones buying it for them. Why would a loving, caring Mother want to steal her child's innocence?
Plainly I've been out of sync because I found this article from 2002, part of which states
"Abercrombie & Fitch, the same retailer that enraged parents last year with a summer catalog of teenage-looking models groping each other and in the nude, now offers several varieties of thongs at its Abercrombie stores, the division of the company for children 7 to 14 years old."....
The rearless underwear comes in sizes for girls ages 10 to 16. The smallest size - a medium - appears small enough to fit an even younger girl.
Don't our kids grow up fast enough without the people who are supposed to protect them pushing them into early adulthood?
I own thongs that I wear to be sexy for Sweet Thang or to improve the appearance of my more-than-ample haunches in certain outfits, but there is no way that I would want or expect a little girl to wear such an adult garment.
Come on people. Let the kids enjoy the little bit of childhood they have. It will be too soon as it is before they start worring about body fat, dates, who does or does not like them. Let the kids be kids for as long as they can. It's the only chance they'll get to experience the pure joy of living free without the worry and cares the rest of us poor suckers have to deal with.