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29 October 2006 @ 08:26 am
Unleashing the sex kitten within... literally, a kitten.  
Britain's largest retailer, Tesco, has agreed to remove from its Toys aisles a pole dancing kit.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAH! Hehehe... no, I'm sorry.


People wonder why kids are becoming sexualized earlier in life. People look at things like this and claim it to be the cause. No, people. This isn't the cause, simply another symptom. Tesco is a retailer. They market a product because they expect it to sell and bring in money. They put this item in the Toys aisles because they've identified an actual market amongst kids for such things. More, they've realized that there are parents who will buy these things for kids.

You have to laugh, people. Otherwise, you'll shriek and never stop.
Current Mood: trying not to howl with laughter
Current Music: bow chica wow wow
Ace Lightning: purple warning signacelightning on October 29th, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC)
some while ago, elfs posted about going to pick his nine-year-old daughter up at school, and being taken aback at the sight of one of her classmates as they lined up to leave the room. the other girl was a bit big for her age, taller than the other girls, in that awkward pre-teen way. she was dressed in a leopard-print miniskirt hardly wider than a wide belt, a top with "SEXY" in sequins across her flat chest, and boots that, on an older female, would be "fuck-me boots". elfs's first thought was, "what on earth were her parents thinking?"

the problem is, though, that little girls are very often interested in "glamour", which seems to be a cross between looking like some currently popular singer or actress, and a general fascination with glitter, sequins, fluffy feathers, satin, spandex, makeup, and jewelry. unfortunately, this results in a look that falls somewhere between Dolly Parton and Christina Aguilera. the little girl isn't really trying to be sexy, though - she's just playing dress-up. it's the adults who take it the wrong way who are dangerous. and it's the adults that sell the inappropriate gear for pre-teens who should take the blame.

Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on October 29th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
You're assuming that the kids are getting only half of the message being transmitted by these media icons, Ace. Kids are often extremely perceptive. At that age, they're not just apeing the fashions but are intensely curious about the underlying themes, even the ones who cannot express the drive in those terms.
Ace Lightning: wtf-01acelightning on October 30th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
very few nine-year-olds are interested in sex per se. those who know the actual mechanics of it usually think it's "gross" - and the ones who don't know are intensely curious, of course. they do, as you point out, see that "looking sexy" is something that's highly prized, and they've got plenty of role models for it. so prepubescent girls want to dress like hookers and learn to dance like strippers... and that way lies JonBenet Ramsey... *sigh*...