March 28, 2011

It’s Not Just the Abercrombie ‘Push-Up’ Bikini That’s the Problem, It’s the Sea of Sexualized Products

Filed under: Sexuality — Tags: , , , , — Melanie @ 2:51 pm

Dr. Robyn Silverman was featured on a segment of the Today Show on MSN this morning in response to the controversy over Abercrombie + Fitch’s “push-up” kiddie bikini. She makes a point similar to the one I made last night about The Gap’s “always skinny” jeans ad campaign: it’s not just this one padded bikini top marketed to children that contributes to the early sexualization of pre-pubescent girls, but the cavalcade of products that sex-up our kids. It’s a point I mentioned in a post last year when I highlighted the countless products targeting our children. Listen to the full conversation below.

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  1. Does this patriarchy really need another excuse to sexualize girls? Blaming an 11 year old girl for getting gang raped because she was dressing too sexy for her age wasn’t enough? I can only think that those despicable mothers of Toddlers & Tiaras would buy such garbage to make their daughters more “beautiful”. This is beyond pedophile status. I cannot even conceive a mental image of my daughters wearing that. I hope this push-up gets banned. Will repost.

    Comment by ElizabethP — March 28, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

  2. It’s terrible when children are robbed of their childhood so companies can make a buck.

    Comment by Cecilieaux Bois de Murier — March 29, 2011 @ 6:26 am

  3. What is a the company and/or parent justification for creating/purchasing this? These items for kids lead to so many problems and just so the company can make a quick buck, morals do not become an issue.

    Comment by Arya Ziai — May 16, 2011 @ 8:55 am

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