Seriously, what sort of an eight year old needs a padded bra? Or a lace teddy? Or a g-string with "Naughty" on the front?
The sexualisation of kids has definitely gotten worse over the last few years. Kids are encouraged to want to wear these things that no one would have dreamed of dressing a child in when I was little. It's really no wonder we're all erring a little on the conservative side when it comes to children's clothing.
But I have to say, I think the school officials who called this six year old girl's parents to complain about her clothing being too "revealing" might have gone a tad overboard.
Apparently the school thought that her Hello Kitty outfit was too revealing, claiming that the length of the shorts were in breach of the school's dress code. Her parents were, understandable I think, confused. The girl was wearing leggings underneath them, and had actually worn the same outfit to school before without any complaint.
If their problem was with the length of the shorts, well I can say that I wore them just as short when I was her age, but I would never have said there was anything questionable about the clothes my mother dressed me in.
Take, for example, this picture of me when I was about five (with my brother). That skirt is just as short as the little girl's in the article. Would you consider what I'm wearing to be inappropriate? Is there really that much of a difference between her outfit and mine?
There's a big difference between kids clothes that are short and kids clothes that are inappropriate. There wasn't anything provocative or sexual about that little girl's outfit. Nothing that screamed 6 going on 30.
So go take a look for yourselves. Do you think her outfit is too risque for a six year old? Do you think the school was overreacting? Do you think Hello Kitty shorts will soon be joining Big Mouth Billy Bass as an inappropriate and tasteless thing to display in public?
But most importantly ... didn't I look awesome in that little blue dress? Damn, I was a cute kid!