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This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own. Last week, a firestorm of parental indignation swept across the Internet over the 'Ashley Push-Up' padded bikini top offered in Abercrombie and Fitch's girls swimwear line. The line, sold by the Abercrombie Kids division, is deed for girls as young as seven or eight years old. In response to the outcry, Abercrombie and Fitch removed "push-up" from the description, and described it as a "striped triangle," and included in the product details that it was "padded. As of the beginning of this week, the chain that has built its image on provocative style and marketing, removed the Ashley line from its website.
Abercrombie and Fitch is no stranger to controversy—they have gotten into plenty of hot water in the past for provocative marketing targeted at tweens and teens. They are also hardly alone in offering short shorts, tight shirts and barely-there swimwear to young girls. Why the fuss over a bikini top? And, haven't girls been trying on the trappings of sexy adulthood for decades?
Experts say the pressure to conform to certain ideals of beauty has a ificant impact on girl's development. They have also expressed growing concern over the Sexy girls Danville younger age that those ideals are marketed to. The American Psychological Association has stated clearly that increased pressure to appear sexy at a younger age is damaging to young girl's self-image and healthy development. Inthe American Psychological Association's Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls released a report that said "If girls purchase or ask their parents to purchase products and clothes deed to make them look physically appealing and sexy… they are, in effect, sexualizing themselves.
Local mom and marriage and family therapist, Tina DeMattia of Danville, agrees. DeMattia says she sees the combined negative effects of the media and society's pervasive sexual images, coupled with an avoidance of healthy discussion and education about sexuality in her practice. Sex is a taboo topic, says DeMattia, and says that the effects of not engaging sexuality in a healthy way le to problems in adulthood. DeMattia says that parents have a responsibility to set an appropriate example and help guide their children's clothing choices.
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