Thursday, July 16, 2009

Excuse Me, but Where is Your "Not a Ho" Section?

I was at Target today to get the kids some new pajamas. My four year old daughter wears a size 5/6 (long legs, long torso) which means we have to shop in the "Girls" section versus the "Children's" section. That also means some of the clothing is a bit "older" or in my mind inappropriate. I was just looking for a nightgown for her yet it seemed like every single nightgown had teeny bopper sex symbols. The guys from High School Musical, the Jonas Brothers.

It rubbed me wrong. I just think there is something a bit wrong about putting your young daughter (even if she was 7 or 8) in this type of clothing. Apparently, it is just me because there were plenty of mothers loading up their carts with this junk. I had to sift through all the sale racks to finally find two nightgowns that simply had flowers on them.

I don't know why I was so bothered by this. It's not as if these sex symbols were in graphic sexual positions or anything like that or like they were hitting the bong or something. But I think it goes to something deeper. This permeation in our culture of indoctrinating our children at such a young age to concepts that really may not be all that appropriate. I guess the last thing I want is my daughter then going to bed with these guys' faces on her pajamas.

What do you think? Am I overreacting or am I maybe on to something?


Nancy said...

No, you're not over reacting. My sister always had a problem shopping for her two girls for clothing that was age appropriate.
I don't know what the solution is other than to shop online which is what I do alot of times when I'm looking for something specific because that stuff sells!

Joanne said...

Definitely not overreacting. My girls are grown, and it was always that way shopping for them, having to dig for the "classic" items. We'd usually stock up on basics when we could find them, and often had to go into several department stores to find what we need. From glancing at the Junior depts recently, it seems to only have gotten worse :(