Saturday, August 25, 2007

"Lolita's closet"

I've met Emily Yoffe (that gets ME some street cred), and I think she's amazing. I've been waiting for someone to write this article for a long time now: "Lolita's Closet."

Besides the fact that it's written by Emily and also references one of my favorite books, it's about a topic I think is so blatantly obvious and yet not often discussed that I can't help but pimp it on Street Cred.

When I was in elementary school, kids wore sweatshirts with cats ironed on them, Transformers t-shirts, and... well... nothing that ever matched. And all things fluorescent. Granted, part of this is because I was a child of the '80s. But let's be honest, part of it is because kids' clothes were much less slutty.

Think elementary school is going too far back? In middle school, everyone's favorite awkward years, I wore lots of sweaters and baggy t-shirts, jeans that were less than flattering, and... vests. Need I say more? I also didn't stand out -- everyone dressed like that. We were focused on other things.

Today, teeny boppers look like Christina Aguilera. They wear makeup, they get manicures, they wear halter tops, and their thongs are always showing. Don't get me wrong, I'm no prude. But there's something that freaks me out about a 12-year-old girl who looks like a coed from Girls Gone Wild. Lolita indeed.

I don't know what I'd do if I had a teenage girl in this day and age. Why is Juicy even marketing to kids at all?! I blame all of it on Britney Spears.

Anyway, Emily's article sums it up pretty well. There's gotta be something in between. First of all, buy these kids a book or something. There's more to life than halter tops. And secondly -- marketers, stop selling slutty to tween girls. Please. There's plenty of time to get slutty in college.

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