The eldest has requested a crop top. This is hardly surprising since she is centimetres shy of my height, her size 9 adult thongs barely fit and I just bought her size 8 adult shorts that are only slightly too big.
You could safely say she’s on the Amazonian spectrum and puberty can’t be far off.
So, what do I do?
She’s still only 10, but swears all her friends already have them. Can this be true? Why do all her friends have them? It must be a fashion statement, because I don’t see anything even vaguely resembling boobs sprouting on their chests.
I’m not particularly opposed to them, I’m pretty crop-top neutral, but everywhere I turn they’ve being decried as the main roadblock to world peace, the work of the devil and the leading culprit in the sexualisation of our poor, misguided youth, second only to cut-off shorts.
Are they really?
According to news.com.au: “Young girls are turning themselves into sexualised ‘mini-adults’ by wearing bras, nail polish and lipstick are requiring psychological help in increasing numbers.”
Well, there’s cheery news. And here I was thinking it was a fun bonding experience when the kids and I paint our toenails together.
In a discussion thread on Essential Baby, one tetchy mum wrote: “What age crop tops for little girls? Are there no singlets where you’re from?”
A mums’ Facebook group recently included the pic below with the caption: “My friend went shopping for her 6 year old little girl and was disappointed with Target. She said “Thanks Target for sexualising my 6 yr old.” Thought I’d share.”
Some of the comments that followed included: “Clothing that seems designed only to cover the ‘private’ parts of a woman’s body and not much more, have always had a sexual nature to them, in my mind – so they’re inappropriate for kids.”
And: “Target is revolting, they had a faux leather mini skirt for ages 5-12 and I was so angry I wrote on their page well done for hiring pedophiles for designs and needless to say they removed the comment.”
And: “Refuse my girl to wear prostitute clothing…”
And: “It’s a disgrace no wonder there are so many creeps about look what’s on offer to buy. What ever happened to the lovely sundresses, knicker bockers and jumpsuits, I know I’m out dated but I loved those clothes.”
Knickerbockers! I love her!
Back to what the kids have to say … The moment her 8-year-old sister heard the eldest utter the word “crop-top” she wanted one too. She also insisted all her friends have them. Do they really? Surely not …
Again, I’m pretty neutral on the subject but, on a purely practical note: why wear more layers of clothing when you don’t need to? Seems a bit bat shite crazy to me, since I’ve yet to form an opinion on the sexualisation thing.
Although, let me think out loud for a second … They don’t SEEM very sexy. But am I missing something?
Please explain the crop-top fury to me so I can decide whether to buy the eldest one myself or suggest quietly in her ear that she ask Nonna for one while she’s there during the school holidays …
Oooh, heavens, where DID that terrible thing come from? I can’t BELIEVE Nonna bought it for you … Oh well … I suppose you can keep it …
Song of the day: Cyndi Lauper “Girls just wanna have fun”