I was shocked to know
that Abercrombie & Fitch have released a range of bikinis for eight to 14-year-olds with padded cups to create the illusion of a larger chest size. Although we don't know anything about the demand for these the reaction from psychologists was immediate. They called the new daring design from Abercrombie & Fitch ‘appalling’ and ‘dangerous’.
Parenting expert Dr. Janet Rose commented:
This is appalling. If a parent buys a padded bikini for an eight year old, children’s services should be called. The sexualisation of teens is bad enough and now this trend is trickling down to our babies. If we continue to try to make our children value “sexy”, I shudder to think what damage we are doing to their future self-concepts and adult values. In the long run, I fear we are creating girls who will suffer from low self-esteem and all the issues that go along with that.
Psychologist, Dr. Nancy Irwin, is also strongly against the new garments. She said in statement:
Wearing a padded bra at that age… is encouraging sexual precociousness, a dangerous muscle to flex for the girl as well as for peers and predators.
I think these bikini line should be recalled as soon as possible because these padded bras can serve as sex tools for young girls to attract persons of the opposite sex. I believe second-graders should not flirt and start sexual relationships that early in their lives. They should be children with corresponding interests and likings.
What do you think?