But since Abercrombie and Fitch is apparently eager to make its profits by turning little girls into 3-D child porn, this isn’t as unfair a question as it seems.
One of America’s largest clothing retail chains, Abercrombie & Fitch is marketing padded bikini tops to eleven-year-old girls…in fact, girls as young as eight.
The current spring line for Abercrombie Kids, a division of the fashion company dedicated to 8-14 year olds, is the “Ashley” Push-Up Triangle – a triangular-shaped bikini top which comes complete with thick padding for breast enhancement. And you thought Wal-Mart marketing cosmetics to twelve-year-olds was ominous.
It is now clear, is it not, that an amoral corporate America is determined to sexualize childhood right out of existence, because it’s more profitable that way, and the damage to the culture, families, society, feminism and young girls themselves is just collateral damage. The business plan—make girls feel that their pre-adolescent bodies are unattractive. Persuade them that they need to be “hot” at younger and younger ages. Hollywood has already laid the groundwork, and there are enough addled parents around to ensure that the daughters of responsible families will be sucked in too, once they see their friends and rivals sporting teen curves in the third grade.
Los Angeles psychologist, Dr. Nancy Irwin says that wearing a chest-enhancing bikini top at such a young age paves the way for sexual promiscuity, and worse. “Wearing a padded bra at that age when unnecessary is encouraging sexual precociousness, a dangerous muscle to flex for the girl as well as for peers and predators,” she said.
I wonder…does Abercrombie and Fitch have stock in any companies that make breast implants?
“Are we sexualizing young girls to get the attention of men or to encourage women to use their daughters to compensate for their own lack of sexual appeal by living vicariously through their daughter?” Human Behavior expert Patrick Wanis asks. “Is this the extreme extension of the beauty-pageant mother who now seeks to make up for what she can never be?”
Perhaps, but Abercrombie and Fitch can’t pass responsibility on to parents. We’ll stipulate that there are fools among us who can’t be trusted to raise puppies, much less little girls. Giving such people an opportunity to warp their vulnerable daughters and make them unwitting bait for child-porn fancying adults, poisoning the culture for the rest of us in the process and pushing innocence to extinction isn’t “just giving the public what it wants.” It is corporate irresponsibility, unethical conduct and cultural malpractice.
No, Abercrombie and Fitch execs weren’t among the monsters who raped that 11-year-old Texas girl. But they have far too much in common.
And in the end, the executives may do more damage than the rapists.