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Children as sex symbols

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posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 05:06 AM
It may only be a Halloween costume, but that is what it portrays.
Racks and racks of costumes for little girls that include fishnet stockings, mini skirts and high heels that would make a grown woman blush.
Where on earth did this trend come from?
Whose brilliant idea was it to market items to make our sweet little girls look like street walkers?
Think it only happens for one night a year and who cares?
How many pervs are out wandering the streets on Halloween night and your little angel is dressed like she means business.WTF !!!!
Would you dress your 9 year old like this?
Would you allow your daughter to dress like the Bratz Dolls she plays with?

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.


(Before I get flamed for this as I fully expect it...My avatar portrays a woman, not a child, dressed for Halloween in a sexy pose.In no way whatsoever, would I dress my child that way, nor would I myself even go out in public dressed like that. It's just an avatar image.)

posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 05:31 AM
I thought no big deal in the costume... then I scrolled down, and saw the rest of the picture.

if thats the right, thing, but I threw up a little.

I remember the movie with Kevin Spaceys movie "Shrink", where he looks at halloween children, dressed as murdered people, and just kind of goes "wtf" in his mind.

I've heard multiple things from sexual assault classes, (I go freely to learn things, I'm not a predator or whatever, lol, just go to classes to learn) that they don't go after primarily because of dress, but because of a 'control' issue.

So that I don't know a thing about if it's a child or not, I can't imagine, I like my women older, 30ish to low 40's.

I just couldn't imagine someone allowing their daughter out dressed like that!!!!!

What happened to the two holed towel, that made you a ghost!

breathing may of been a problem, but hey, your a ghost!

I don't know, for me, children should be learning, and saying eww at boys/girls.

I'm young, but lol, maybe old fashioned now!

I'm actually wanting you to take the picture off, just because its well...gross.

It's halloween though, I don't really know from the girls side, but I dressed up as jason, blues brothers, james bond.

I don't really know what a girl could dress up as, so I'm a bit at a loss...

But c'mon, if your going to send your daughter off to a strangers house dressed like that! Your a friggin idiot!!!!!!

posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 05:38 AM
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...?

posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 05:45 AM
I love Fall, October, Halloween and all of that, but the OP is absolutely right.

There are Illuminati/satanic cult victims who shiver when this holiday comes around, because it is one of "their" holidays. Horrible things are celebrated and done on this holiday, make no mistake about it.

If you get a little more perspective on the celebration of the macabre during this time of year, including horror movies, etc., you kind of get an understanding of the sort of entrainment, or programming that inures us to violence of all kinds.

Still, dark associations aside, it's my favorite time of year.

posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 05:46 AM

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...?

I think that kids are constantly bombarded by the media and believe that to look this way is to be accepted..

I read the stories about how 10 year olds are going on the latest diet and it just turns my stomach.

Whatever happened to kids just being kids???

posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 06:24 AM
I used to sit there in the 90's listening to what kids listen to on tv today, with my sister watching it, and found it to be such rubbish. Kids programs are all full of suggestive sexual ideas.

For me if i was in charge i would not allow any girl or boy under 16 to appear in adverts at all. All adverts sell on sex, and i think under 16 should not be allowed to be on tv ads at all.

Americanizing tv all over the world, has its own consequences. Thats the one thing about the muslims have right. Sexual desires should not be being triggered all the time.

If you have your private parts keep them to yourself, females and males. Thats the only thing i agree with the muslims. One reason why i never wanted to work with females, just wear some bloody clothes. I do not care how that makes me sound, i had no interest in females, but females thing it gives them some sort of power over males.

[edit on 10/28/2009 by andy1033]

posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 06:25 AM
"Halloween is the one night of the year where you can dress up like a complete slut and get away with it" can't remember what that is from but could be Mean Girls)

Ok 9 is seriously wrong at that age! If she was 16-18 then it's to be expected she realises she has a body can can flaunt it.

I just got my Girlfriend this..!letc~ev!14903%7C%7Cet!letc~ev!39314%7C%7C_40151_-1_14903_42251_10001_14903

but my girlfriend is 18 and can choose what she wants, not easy to mind control like a 9 year old girl

Miley Cyrus doesnt help with the problem.

[edit on 17/05/09 by Raider of Truth]

posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 06:26 AM
There is far too much media out there that makes our little girls want to grow up faster.
From fashion barbie dolls, to magazines, to music videos (Hannah Montana the worst)and the fashion trends for everyday clothing are now mimicking the styles the older girls wear.
We all know kids love attention, and wearing something like this might get a "Oh, How look so grown up" response from some...but a far different response from others.
Once a child gets a positive reaction to a behavior or action, they want to keep doing it. Think about it...

posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 06:27 AM
reply to post by Raider of Truth

Fixed link

adult costume

posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 06:29 AM
reply to post by tribewilder

that's a pain ^^
Tried twice in different ways for that to work.

posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 06:31 AM
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.

posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 06:32 AM
reply to post by AccessDenied

I think thats why people should not be allowed to have kids in ads under 16. We all know sex sells, and the scum on madison ave just want to sell.

I am just glad i am not triggered by the females, like most of you males. I totally never watch ads at all on tv, and never read newspapers or mags.

posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 06:43 AM

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.

To come up with a solution, you have to identify the root of the problem.
Who is masterminding the media directed at our young girls?
God forbid anyone complains and causes an uproar..their stocks might go down....

posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 06:52 AM
I think alot of it is to give power to females, as females think that sexual power over males, gives them power.

I think the ptb are trying to even out both sexes, with dumbing down males too. I think its a very calculated move. Females of course have always been sexually active before males, but today its far worse, there hormones are bring awoken very early.

Do you guys think, that doing this to females, really makes them equals to men?

For me like i said its the only part of the muslim religion thats right. But of course without sexualising females, females would not feel as equal as they do today with males. Amazing how important sex is, isn't it.

Just think about it, if they never made females, into sex mad gender they are today, they would still have a place like they do in the muslim religion. So do you think its right for them to do this to females, just so they feel equal with males?

Do you?

posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 06:57 AM
This whole thing reminds me of Jon-Binet Ramsey, the little girl that was entering all those "beauty contests" and acting like a grown woman. There is something wrong with that, in my opinion. I think it might have been here where I saw a link to a "pole-dancer doll" for little girls. Such things as this are sending a seriously warped message to the kids, who are likely to end up being exploited as a result of it.

I'm puzzled about our laws, too. Child pornography is illegal, but I don't really know exactly how it's defined. While an adult in fishnet stockings and a skimpy dress isn't "obscene", shouldn't our laws concerning children be a bit stricter?

posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 07:09 AM
reply to post by AccessDenied

So you need to ask yourself who is pushing this agenda??? Why are the marketing gurus using this method? i know sex sells but have they gotten so lazy that there using sex to sell EVERYTHING? yes and no, From my simple observations since the 60's free love movement things have been going downhill. now before we get too far into this im not conservative or democrat.

What you are seeing is very simply the loss of innocence. you can slice it you can dice it but that dont change the facts. Westernization is quite literally giving in to carnal desire of any kind with a bit of high tech gadgetry and fast food takeaway thrown in for good measure.

I see it more and more as kids get more and more corrupt. Most people are too glazed over to actually stop and look at the way kids dress and act. I know every generation tries to out do the previous but when will it stop? With babies doing drive by's in prams?

Seriously folks this world has been paid for and bought already the writing is on the wall. We cant continue acting like this or allowing our kids to act like this without there being serious consequences.

posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 07:23 AM
Remember this girl?

December 26: 1996 JonBenet Ramsey, 6, is found strangled in the basement of her Boulder, CO home by her father.

February 14:1997 Portions of autopsy report are released, indicating JonBenet suffered severe head injuries, was strangled and may have been sexually assaulted... It was found this toddler wasn't a virgin but not as a result of that night.... semen stains were found on her nightgown... given the number of them they had been acquired over time and none contained DNA having been laundered many times between each deposit...

My heart goes out to that little girl but I have nothing but anger towards her parents for turning a sweet innocent child into a sexualized model

posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 07:36 AM
reply to post by DaddyBare

Yes, we could argue the costumes in pageants as well.
In my opinion, these images ARE a FORM of child pornography and need to be treated as such.
If you are dressing your child up in clothing akin to lingerie and putting them on public display for approval, whether halloween costume, or pageants, or god forbid what they wear daily...
You are guilty.
You are taking away the innocence of youth from your mind you, SOCIETY PUSHES PARENTS in that direction.
Quite simply, if you yourself, as a mom, would not wear the clothing in public ..why would you put it on your child?

posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 07:46 AM
That, by the way, IS Miley Cyrus' little sister.

And here Miley is with her father Billie Ray (the "Achy Breaky Heart" singer)

Does that look like an appropriate father/daughter relationship?

This stuff makes me wonder whether all the stories of Monarch mind control/abuse are really possible

posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 07:48 AM
It was kind of ironic you mentioned your avatar thingy.....

You may not think you are directly encouraging children to be "sex icons", but the reality is that slutty is what we idolize -- As your avatar itself points out. The images that we consider 'attractive' in todays' society are affecting children who think they must look like THAT to be 'pretty'.

It's true, the images we idolize on a daily basis are not going unseen by little girls that are trying to find their place and acceptance in this world.

Just something else to think about.....

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