Raina Delisle was disgusted as well as disappointed when she went costume shopping for her little girl. So much so that she ended up penning an op-ed, "Halloween Costumes Are Sexualizing Our Youngest Trick-Or-Treaters."
Delisle had taken her daughter to Value Village to buy a firefighter outfit for Halloween. Here’s what she found there: “We quickly located a firefighter costume for boys, complete with a bright red jacket, a traditional helmet and an axe. The girls' version, on the other hand, is a skin-tight, short, shiny dress that's surely flammable. It includes a fascinator (in lieu of a helmet) never before seen on a real firefighter.”
Delisle was lucky enough to create enough of a ripple to get Value Village to pull sexy Halloween outfits for girls off the rack but not all stores are so considerate.
Here is a look at just some of the costumes out there for little girls.
Unfortunately, the distasteful act of sexing up our little girls is not limited to Halloween season. We have developed a culture where we dress up little girls beyond their years and as a result get them thinking about their looks and sexuality in a way that they never should have to – let alone at such an early age.
The dreadful show, Toddlers & Tiaras is just an example. Not too long ago Gwyneth Paltrow came out with a bikini range for little girls that received a lot of criticism from parents.
One really can’t expect much from a media that supports and promotes the likes of cringeworthy sexy diaper ads but surely not all parents want their children to turn into sexy sirens.
Children need to enjoy the innocence of their young years and grow up in their own time.
There is no need to accelerate the process so shamelessly.