The relentless drive to sexualize children continues, unabated.
You had read on Fellowship of the Minds about 3-4 year old girls dressed up as a whore and as Dolly Parton with false boobies at the child beauty pagent show “Toddlers & Tiaras” on TLC.
Now the Irish are selling padded bras to 9-year-olds.
Vivian Giang reports for Business Insider, Sep. 7, 2011, that retail stores in Ireland are offering padded bras to enhance the figure of 9-year-old girls.
The Dublin-based store Dunnesis selling padded bras for girls with a 28 to 30-inch chest while Penneys, another retailer, is featuring padded bras with the logo “Superstar” emblazoned on them, according to The Irish Independent.
Dunnes is a supermarket and clothing retail chain, that is based in Dublin, Ireland, with operations in Great Britain and Spain. The format of the chain’s stores include a grocery supermarket operating alongside a clothing/textiles store. Many products are sold under the St. Bernard brand.
Business Insider‘s Giang says Dunnes is selling bras to children as young as three-year-olds. This is the store’s website.
The sexualization of children has been a concern for advocacy groups following the controversial launch of French lingerie line Jours Apres Lunes targeted at young girls and the 10-year-old French model Thylane Loubry Blondeau‘s very provocative spread in Vogue Paris last month.
“I have worked with young people in crisis and believe me the last thing that’s needed is to encourage girls to dress up like adults younger and younger,” said Suanne O’Connor, a childcare worker.
The British Retail Consortium recently announced a code of ethics for selling children’s clothes, which Penney’s reportedly did not subscribe to.