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Mom Talk: Padded Bikini Tops for Children?

Public outraged at new padded bikini tops aimed at young girls.

This spring season, Abercrombie & Fitch presented its new push-up bikini top for girls 7 to 14. Since the itsy bitsy top has gotten so much flack, Ambercrombie & Fitch took the words "push-up" out of the bikini's name, but the padding remains.

Is it right for us to keep putting so much emphasis on appearances, and to encourage sexuality at such a young age? 

Is there a lack of substance for young girls today to model in a positive, non-sexual way? As Pink! so clearly put it in her hit song "Stupid Girls," "What happened to the dream of the girl president? She's dancing in the video next to 50 cent."

What do you think of Abercrombie's new bikini?

What are some positive influences on your daughter?

Lindsay Leppek March 30, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Thanks soo much Heather!!!
Lindsay Leppek March 30, 2011 at 05:59 PM
Thanks so much for all the comments on this topic. Once again the idea of balance and parental involvement seems to be key. Let them be "cute" without being sexy, and if they want the too sexy clothes maybe its time for a discussion on why they want these clothes? Maybe we as parents need to find ways to build self confidence in other positive ways.
julie Hine April 03, 2011 at 03:00 PM
As a continuation of this topic- I suggest a discussion about the Daddy-Daughter Dance. Also you young Moms may want to check out websites for prom dresses in 2011. Also some time watching MTV would be informative.... On a positive note, I am happy to have my daughter at BHS which provides positive reinforcement for skills and hardwork away from courtesan training.
Beth Kelly April 03, 2011 at 04:10 PM
WOW!! As if our young women arn't inindated with "not-so-real" women in advertising and on tv. When I first heard this story I was outraged adn began to feel very sad for the children who's parents think it is cute or ok in any way. Children are just that...children and need to have the chance to grow and mature into the natural young women they will turn out to be. Arn't there enough pressures on our maturing girls today? As far as positives...I see only long term negative effects.
Sondra Pavlak April 19, 2011 at 10:53 PM
Mothers who dress their girls in slutty clothes should expect the worse. Use your heads women!

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