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Gumdrop Girl
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SF Chronicle has an article about A&F's latest controversy: sexually suggestive thong underwear in children's sizes.

Hmm, when i was 7, i wore Cabbage Patch Kid Underroos. I'm 21, and I still don't wear thongs (but I gave up the Underroos a long time ago, thank you). yeesh!

I also understand that giving thong girls wedgies is the new prank to pull in junior high schools. that's no ordinary wedgie, it's a rope burn!

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The reason I get upset about it is this: Easily small enough for a 7 year old to wear.

There was an article the other day up here... some company is making cool underwear in AA and A sizes.

Well thanks guys. I wear an A.

Has anybody considered that maybe they're choosing to diversify and allow little people like me to have cool underwear??

When their ads start TARGETING 7 year olds, then I'll believe it.

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I'm really torn on this whole issue. While I believe that people, including children, should wear whatever they want for the most part, I find the whole trend of kids dressing in provocative adult clothing to be really disturbing. Yes, children are sexual beings, but I don't believe that they are sexual in the same way adults are, and it seems that a 7-year-old dressed like Brittney Spears may be perceived by a pedophile as an open invitation.

I dunno. Americans try 14-year-olds as adults in our courts, parents take 6-year-olds to R-rated movies, and kids are more and more dressing like miniature adults. What does this say about our appreciation for childhood as a society? Why not just let kids enjoy being kids instead of pushing them into adulthood?

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There's another article about this very topic linked to from the Mainstreaming porn thread, and there's a little bit of discussion on it there, as well.

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From the Article
"When she is old enough to do her own shopping, I hope I will have raised her to avoid such inappropriate messages."

I agree! My friend told me about one of our neighbors who is in 5th grade and was bending over in the street and she was wearing a thong.

Who are these kids trying to impress? It's really sad. I bet in a few years there'll be a line of rauchy thongs for preschoolers.

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I wonder whether the real controversy is due to the images on the thongs, or to the thongs themselves. I guess I don't exactly understand assigning one type of underwear as "sexual" and inappropriate for young people and another style as appropriate. If it's the images on them, then yes, I can at least understand why some people would find them offensive or inappropriate. But if we're just talking about the style, well I don't get that at all. It wasn't that long ago that underwear (ie. panties) as we know them didn't even exist. Wearing a thong under one's clothing doesn't mean you're trying to impress anyone, or make a sexual statement necessarily. Some people just like the way they feel/fit. And frankly, if a 7 year old likes they way they fit, then more power to her, she should be able to wear them if she wants to. I guess I'm just saying that a thong does not equal anything to do with sex, and I'm not terribly sure why socially we seem to have made the assessment that they absolutely do.

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The thongs are adorned with the images of cherries and candy hearts and also include the words "kiss me" and "wink, wink." They are appropriate for girls as young as 10 years old, according to a company spokesman.

Not only is this perpetuating the stupid "cherry" thing, it's also WRONG WRONG WRONG.

As for the styling of the undies, I don't know why any 7-year-old would wear a thong anyway. I only wear them to avoid VPL when I really, really must. Icky things.

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i think a parent who would let her daughter wear a thong at the age of 10 is wrong. im 14 almost 15 and i just started to wear bikinies when i was 12 and i only owned 2 pairs! I've started to wear bikinies less then a year ago. its sick if you ask me.
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Well ... I'm 18 and i still don't wear thongs. I can't stand them, and my undies have to be pretty much 'granny panties' for me to feel even close to comfortable.

I agree w/ you Kitten, in one sense. Underwear is (normally) worn under the clothes ... so who is really seeing it anyway? Yeah, of course, the children are exposed to it in stores and magazines and whatever, but they're just as exposed as they would be if they were wearing it. The only way she could be wearing it to impress other people is if she were to be flashing them ... And isn't that the issue then, not what's actually ON the underwear?

And as LadyMoonlight said, little kids today are constantly trying to be adults. Like it or not, sex sells. It sells to adults, and now they're using the pre-teens to sell to as well. In the end, if these kinds of clothes are being marketed towards 10 year olds, it's up to the parents to buy it or not.

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I think that if a kid understands what the words on the undies are leading to, then they are old enough to figure out whether, or whether not they want to wear those particular undies. If a kid has no idea what the stuff means, then they shouldn't be wearing them.
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I dunno... what's the big deal about thongs? Some people think they're comfy. And you don't have to pick them out of your ass all day... they're there for good! I think they're great. And hey- no pantylines! Yeah, I wore little girl Jockey's until I was like 11 but still. If a little girl wants to wear a thong, so what? I don't see them as being risque. I see them as being often more practical. But hey it's just my opinion. Personal preference, I guess.
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