One of my facebook friends, knowing I have three girls, sent me the link a website promoting age-appropriate preteen girls' clothing. Here I thought was something decent to check out, and it was... to an extent. Secret Keeper Girl
has the basics of a good idea--anti-sexualization of very young girls--but the practical aspects of it get lost in the Evangelical sauce. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of good advice on how to select age appropriate clothing for preteen girls. Unfortunately some of it gets a little creepy and IMHO every bit as INappropriate as the issues addressed.
To avoid being cited for copyright infringement, I'm going to supply the link for the Truth or Bare
tests along with my little opinions.( Truth or BareCollapse )
Our PUBLIC school has a dress-code, and the staff is very strict with the enforcement. My personal rule has always been "if it can't be worn to school, put it back on the rack." I don't let my girls run about in hot pants with JAILBAIT stamped across the ass not just because Jesus wants them to be pure, but because it's tacky. I don't let them wear halters or spaghetti straps for fear of exposing future cleavage, but rather for sun protection. (Even though that hole in the ozone layer is a huge myth. *eyeroll*) I don't let them wear micro minis, not because God wants them to save that view for their future husbands but because I want them to be respected. Bathing suits are a pain because my girls are skinny, long-torsoed things, so even if that size 10 one-piece fits around, the length gives an atomic wedgie. Fit the length and everything else hangs out. Two piece with a rash guard/swim shirt for sun protection for my girls. And yes, they wear shorts on the boardwalk.
Trust me, I'm all for age appropriate clothing for little (and not-so-little) girls and I consider myself a Christian. But why, oh why, does something as practical and down-to-earth as finding age appropriate clothing need to be so preachy? Can't the secular world get it together enough to get the clothing industry to realize that kids should be allowed to be kids for as long as possible? Or am I just the odd gal out?
is it that people have this tendency to take a good idea and make it sound so totally hokey and sappy?