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Apparently, witches aren't ugly anymore; they're sexy. So are pirates and pumpkins and princesses--traditional little girl Halloween costumes that used to say, Isn't she cute? now scream, That's hot! with an increasing array of halter tops, bare midriffs and miniskirts. Costume catalogs and Web sites, filled with images of pouty preteens modeling the latest in Halloween fashion, seem almost to verge on child pornography, and ooze with attitude. Witches are "wayward" and grammar-school pirates are "wenches." A girl isn't an Army cadet, she's a "Major Flirt," and who knew female firefighters wore fishnet stockings? Even Little Bo Peep comes with a corset, short skirt and lacy petticoat.
And while complaints about "slutty" kids' costumes may seem like a yearly parents' lament, the industry has been ramping up the sex appeal to ever younger groups of girls. It's not just 10- and 12-year-olds who have gone Halloween trampy. Now 6- and 7-year-old models are featured in catalogs wearing child-sized versions of skimpy costumes that used to be reserved for adult boudoirs. If you think we're exaggerating, note that they're actually selling something called a "Child's Chamber Maid Costume." And, many of the tween girls in the photographs are wearing more make-up than Christina Aguilera on awards night. More disturbing may be their expressions--they look as if they've been told to give the camera their best "sexy" gaze.
What happened to the classic costumes of from our childhood? Now, young girls are parading around in short Bavarian skirts, French maid outfits, and revealing cheerleader uniforms.
"I hope nobody's wearing these except the people in these pictures," Bryant said.
"These look like costumes for young women that are in college," Wesley said.
The truth is dressing your child like a sexy adult can only make their life more confusing.
School Counselor Rachel Baker said, "Preteen girls... they are earlier and earlier getting worried about friendships and popularity and what other people are thinking about them."
If she gets attention from wearing something like this, she might try to show a little skin in her everyday wardrobe too.
"I would encourage parents to remind girls can be whatever they want to be on Halloween... and in life," Baker said.
Here's another thing for parents to keep in mind- sexy attire only increases your child's chance of getting unwanted attention from sexual predators.
Originally posted by Jkd Up
It kind of makes me wonder... Are our kids trying to be like a model because that is all that impacts their life or are we at fault for wanting our child to look good...?
Originally posted by Republican08
reply to post by AccessDenied
Yeah, I completely get what you're saying here, but as always, what's the solution.
How could you possibly fix a problem like this?
And you can think of the ways, and there all negative, and most of ATS would flip if it was actually an option.
What can be done? It's a pretty done and done wronging, with current laws, it stays, and changing them would have people flip.