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Interesting discussion on Radio Newcastle this morning, where they were talking about the sexualization of children at an early age. Things like t-shirts for 7 year old girls with 'I'm hot - try me', padded bras for 8 year old girls (sold by M&S for a bit, I believe) and also raunchy pop videos/performances from the likes of Lady Gaga and Rhianna. It's something that is more aimed at young girls and as the dad of a little girl, I've got all this to come to when she gets older and it's a bit scarey! I certainly won't be letting her wearing inappropriate clothes at a time when she is not ready, but it begs the question as to who are these parents who are letting there kids where such stuff at such a young age? Is it a fault of the parents or is it more down to the marketing men who are creating the demand in order to make money?

 

Some may say that it's a load of fuss over nothing and that it's just the older generation not understanding the younger (something that I don't believe in this case, btw) So do we need tougher rules/guidelines or is it down to parents to police themselves?

 

I have posted this on another forum - thought it worth a go here too.

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That said there's also a change in culture from generation to generation, obviously. But it shouldn't kick in as early as seven, which is why bad parenting plays a part. But you also need to consider that these "bad" parents are often the younger generation of parents which are shaping the kid in the culture of their generation, which is somewhat alien to the "older" parent generation.

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Ultimately the buck stops with the parent. I have 3 girls, 13, 11 and 6 and there isn't a hope in hell that they would be wearing padded bras at 6 or t-shirts with sexualised slogans on them. My kids don't even have things with the playboy bunny on them which are popular with some kids.

 

The worst t-shirt I saw was one with "born-again virgin" on it aged 9-10 at a Market but I've also seen one of those "baby on board" type stickers on a car with "future porn star" written on it.

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I can't see why someone would allow their child to wear that sort of stuff, it's just not right. Then again I also hate it when parents buy cheap Primark/Matalan crap for their children when they can get something decent and appropriate for say couple of quid more from the likes of Marks and Sparks or Next.

 

I'm disgusted at how I can see a load of girls who go to middle school wearing short skirts with no tights/leggings on never mind girls younger than that wearing things like padded bras.

 

If a woman wants to go around and look like a slut then let her, just don't complain when you get male attention and don't put kids in those types of clothes because it is fucking disgusting.

 

 

 

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Ultimately the buck stops with the parent. I have 3 girls, 13, 11 and 6 and there isn't a hope in hell that they would be wearing padded bras at 6 or t-shirts with sexualised slogans on them. My kids don't even have things with the playboy bunny on them which are popular with some kids.

 

The worst t-shirt I saw was one with "born-again virgin" on it aged 9-10 at a Market but I've also seen one of those "baby on board" type stickers on a car with "future porn star" written on it.

 

:kinnear:

 

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Ultimately the buck stops with the parent. I have 3 girls, 13, 11 and 6 and there isn't a hope in hell that they would be wearing padded bras at 6 or t-shirts with sexualised slogans on them. My kids don't even have things with the playboy bunny on them which are popular with some kids.

 

The worst t-shirt I saw was one with "born-again virgin" on it aged 9-10 at a Market but I've also seen one of those "baby on board" type stickers on a car with "future porn star" written on it.

 

:kinnear:

 

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Unbelievable...  :no:

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I've seen a young lass wearing a t-shirt with 'So many boys, so little time' on before. It's just not right. As the dad of a little girl (she is 2 and a half) I've got all this to come in the future and I'll be doing my damnest to protect her from this rubbish as well as to have a good opinion of herself and not dress like a tart just to attract attention.

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I can't see why someone would allow their child to wear that sort of stuff, it's just not right. Then again I also hate it when parents buy cheap Primark/Matalan crap for their children when they can get something decent and appropriate for say couple of quid more from the likes of Marks and Sparks or Next.

 

I'm disgusted at how I can see a load of girls who go to middle school wearing short skirts with no tights/leggings on never mind girls younger than that wearing things like padded bras.

 

If a woman wants to go around and look like a slut then let her, just don't complain when you get male attention and don't put kids in those types of clothes because it is fucking disgusting.

 

 

 

 

:lol: The whole thing. Brilliant.

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Ultimately the buck stops with the parent. I have 3 girls, 13, 11 and 6 and there isn't a hope in hell that they would be wearing padded bras at 6 or t-shirts with sexualised slogans on them. My kids don't even have things with the playboy bunny on them which are popular with some kids.

 

The worst t-shirt I saw was one with "born-again virgin" on it aged 9-10 at a Market but I've also seen one of those "baby on board" type stickers on a car with "future porn star" written on it.

 

:kinnear:

 

woah

 

It the Charva parents though. They think that these things are funny when they really just aren't!

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My mum went shopping for a birthday present for my cousin (10 year-old girl) said she saw some pants with a wet cat on the front and the words 'wet pussy' on the back ... in the kids section. Fucking disgusting.

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Gotta agree with Blef on this one, the buck stops with the parents.

 

If you don't want your children exposed to this sort of stuff then don't expose them to it. It's not the music industry or the high street's responsibility to parent your child. If they wear padded bras and slutty t-shirts at the age of 7, it's tough to turn and around and say "Well it's Primark's fault for selling it to me".

 

Like Rihanna said a week or so back, "I'm a rock star, not a parent".

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I can't see why someone would allow their child to wear that sort of stuff, it's just not right. Then again I also hate it when parents buy cheap Primark/Matalan crap for their children when they can get something decent and appropriate for say couple of quid more from the likes of Marks and Sparks or Next.

 

I'm disgusted at how I can see a load of girls who go to middle school wearing short skirts with no tights/leggings on never mind girls younger than that wearing things like padded bras.

 

If a woman wants to go around and look like a slut then let her, just don't complain when you get male attention and don't put kids in those types of clothes because it is f***ing disgusting.

 

 

 

 

 

Yeah, but maybe income can affect this... that's a stupid complaint. The price of having a child is ridiculous, so I won't begrudge a family for paying a little less on stuff that's from Primark etc.

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I can't see why someone would allow their child to wear that sort of stuff, it's just not right. Then again I also hate it when parents buy cheap Primark/Matalan crap for their children when they can get something decent and appropriate for say couple of quid more from the likes of Marks and Sparks or Next.

 

I'm disgusted at how I can see a load of girls who go to middle school wearing short skirts with no tights/leggings on never mind girls younger than that wearing things like padded bras.

 

If a woman wants to go around and look like a slut then let her, just don't complain when you get male attention and don't put kids in those types of clothes because it is f***ing disgusting.

 

 

 

 

 

Yeah, but maybe income can affect this... that's a stupid complaint. The price of having a child is ridiculous, so I won't begrudge a family for paying a little less on stuff that's from Primark etc.

 

Aye, bit harsh to say something like that Stifler.

 

A couple of quid may just be a couple of quid, but what if you're buying them six/seven t-shirts, then jeans, shorts, shoes, school uniform... - all those 'couple of quid's add up.

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It was primark who had the whole padded bra scandal thing.

 

I can't see anyone saying early sexualization is a good thing, but for most part the kids haven't a clue what havlf the stuff means, they might think they do but they don't. I remember walking around with a red dwarf tee shirt with clitoris on the back at the age of 10-12, thought it was funny tee shirt, mainly the front, back was just words, I knew it was a part of the female body, but I couldn't have really gave two shits either way, it was red dwarf I was bothered about and that's why I was wearing it. Infact when I got older and in to lasses the tee shirt was never worn again.

 

 

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My mum went shopping for a birthday present for my cousin (10 year-old girl) said she saw some pants with a wet cat on the front and the words 'wet pussy' on the back ... in the kids section. Fucking disgusting.

 

Blatant bollocks. :lol:

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I had a discussion about the Playboy bunny stuff with the woman who lived behind us in Blyth a couple of years ago. She has a daughter the same age as my oldest and they had been talking about Playboy t-shirts. My oldest said she wasn't allowed them and I had kind of explained to her why, in an age appropriate way. So me and this kids mam were talking and she says "oh my lassie says your bairn can't have playboy stuff" and I said "aye, I don't want my bairn walking around advertising Playboy, when she's just a kid. I don't think it's appropriate that kids are promoting soft porn" and the other mam was like "oh is it the same playboy? I didn't even think about that." Bloody hell man, some people really aren't that bright!

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I can't see why someone would allow their child to wear that sort of stuff, it's just not right. Then again I also hate it when parents buy cheap Primark/Matalan crap for their children when they can get something decent and appropriate for say couple of quid more from the likes of Marks and Sparks or Next.

 

I'm disgusted at how I can see a load of girls who go to middle school wearing short skirts with no tights/leggings on never mind girls younger than that wearing things like padded bras.

 

If a woman wants to go around and look like a slut then let her, just don't complain when you get male attention and don't put kids in those types of clothes because it is fucking disgusting.

 

 

 

 

:lol: The whole thing. Brilliant.

Whats so funny?

I'm saying that the sexualisation of children is wrong and disgusting and your laughing.

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I had a discussion about the Playboy bunny stuff with the woman who lived behind us in Blyth a couple of years ago. She has a daughter the same age as my oldest and they had been talking about Playboy t-shirts. My oldest said she wasn't allowed them and I had kind of explained to her why, in an age appropriate way. So me and this kids mam were taking and she says "oh my lassie says your bairn can't have playboy stuff" and I said "aye, I don't want my bairn walking around advertising Playboy, when she's just a kid. I don't think it's appropriate that kids are promoting soft porn" and the other mam was like "oh is it the same playboy? I didn't even think about that." Bloody hell man, some people really aren't that bright!

 

And I'm allowed to say this :razz:

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I can't see why someone would allow their child to wear that sort of stuff, it's just not right. Then again I also hate it when parents buy cheap Primark/Matalan crap for their children when they can get something decent and appropriate for say couple of quid more from the likes of Marks and Sparks or Next. - This is funny.

 

I'm disgusted at how I can see a load of girls who go to middle school wearing short skirts with no tights/leggings on - This is funny, as well. never mind girls younger than that wearing things like padded bras.

 

If a woman wants to go around and look like a slut then let her, just don't complain when you get male attention - This is funny, too. and don't put kids in those types of clothes because it is fucking disgusting.

 

 

 

 

:lol: The whole thing. Brilliant.

Whats so funny?

I'm saying that the sexualisation of children is wrong and disgusting and your laughing.

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My mum went shopping for a birthday present for my cousin (10 year-old girl) said she saw some pants with a wet cat on the front and the words 'wet pussy' on the back ... in the kids section. Fucking disgusting.

 

Blatant bollocks. :lol:

 

Nar, the t-shirts that have that written on them are in the boys section.

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I can't see why someone would allow their child to wear that sort of stuff, it's just not right. Then again I also hate it when parents buy cheap Primark/Matalan crap for their children when they can get something decent and appropriate for say couple of quid more from the likes of Marks and Sparks or Next.

 

I'm disgusted at how I can see a load of girls who go to middle school wearing short skirts with no tights/leggings on never mind girls younger than that wearing things like padded bras.

 

If a woman wants to go around and look like a slut then let her, just don't complain when you get male attention and don't put kids in those types of clothes because it is f***ing disgusting.

 

 

 

 

 

Yeah, but maybe income can affect this... that's a stupid complaint. The price of having a child is ridiculous, so I won't begrudge a family for paying a little less on stuff that's from Primark etc.

I used that as an example, the point that I was trying to make is that I see some parents getting just shit tacky looking clothes from these places when you can get good ones which do look like they come from Marks and sparks etc. I was out with my mam, her friend and her friends grand children, anyway they went to Matalan and on the rack they had some tacky sparkly horrible t-shirt and next to it they had a pretty summer dress, both for about the same price. Anyway my mam and her friend decide to pick up and look at the the horrible t-shirt. You can get decent stuff from these places so another gripe is mine is why don't people go fro the dress or nice simple shirt instead of the tacky one?
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It was primark who had the whole padded bra scandal thing.

 

I can't see anyone saying early sexualization is a good thing, but for most part the kids haven't a clue what havlf the stuff means, they might think they do but they don't. I remember walking around with a red dwarf tee shirt with clitoris on the back at the age of 10-12, thought it was funny tee shirt, mainly the front, back was just words, I knew it was a part of the female body, but I couldn't have really gave two shits either way, it was red dwarf I was bothered about and that's why I was wearing it. Infact when I got older and in to lasses the tee shirt was never worn again.

 

 

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