I’m not a reactionary, and I hate to be a drag, but…
WHAT IS WRONG WITH PARENTS WHO LET THEIR KIDS OUT IN PUBLIC WITH THEIR BITS ALMOST UNCOVERED?!?!?
I won’t include any pictures with this post because a) gross, b) voyeurism, and c) exploitation. But I see it all the time, and I’ll bet you do, too. Examples:
- The day I was with my son for a fine arts scholarship audition, and saw a young woman show up in what was probably supposed to be leggings and a very short top. Leggings would have been inappropriate enough, but what she was actually wearing on her lower half resembled something more like hosiery. Butt crack fully visible. And her MOTHER was right beside her as they stood at the sign-in table.
- Every year during our confirmation ceremony for our 9th graders at church, girls show up in dresses so short I wonder if their parents are laboring under the delusion that fabric is still being rationed, 70 years post-war.
- At Middle Sister’s recital a couple of weekends ago: A young lady wearing what would have been a lovely floor-length black dress…if not for the sheer lace panels that went WAY up past the underwear line. Like almost to the TOP of her underwear. Ever heard of a slip? Or at least black hose? Again, mom was in the audience. I cringed for both of them.
- Last Sunday, two examples:
- A 6th grader, who I know is a sweet girl and for whose mother I have great respect and friendship, was wearing a skirt shorter than I have ever seen in my life. Seriously, there were MAYBE two inches of fabric below the private bits . I witnessed the poor thing tugging it downwards constantly, obviously uncomfortable. Maybe this was a lesson in natural consequences?
- A 7th grader, assisting with a fundraiser coffeehouse, wearing a dress consisting of a very short skirt and a bodice cut to show off lots of bare skin around the navel area. Every day life is NOT a Wrecking Ball video, folks.
I recognize that every one of these examples involves a female. My gripe is not that girls should be more modest.
My gripe is that girls are exploited constantly. They are bombarded with lies about the importance of being “sexy” from the time they’re in preschool – if we’re unaware enough to expose them to the kind of crap found in pop culture. When girls dress in the ways described above, they’re showing just how thoroughly they’ve been brainwashed. They’re showing just how little respect they have for their beautiful, inner selves and the great potential of their brains. And boys see this happening. They see it so much they take it for granted that girls are meant to be looked at as sexual objects, there for the taking.
So here’s my plea, parents: Have the guts to be the grown-up, even if your kids whine and moan about it. Turn off the junk on TV and don’t ever turn it back on. Don’t listen to pop radio. Take your kids to museums instead of that Miley Cyrus concert. Choose clothing that doesn’t scream “SEX!”
Give your girls a chance to be real, intelligent, self-confident people. Give your boys the gift of respect for females.
Do the world a favor.