Not my daughter, that’s who. But if the racks of summer shorts in children’s clothing stores are any indication, then she might be the only child in our neighbourhood who isn’t sporting short-shorts.
I’m frustrated. I’ve made several outings to several stores and have yet to locate a pair of shorts for my seven-year-old that would cover at least the top of her thighs.
And I’m angry. I see these short-shorts as just another item in a long list of items that contribute to the hypersexualization of young girls in our society.
Short-shorts were created to be sexually enticing. Children — be they boys or girls — should be allowed to be children. Not objectified for the pleasure of others.
Baffled, I reached out to my Twitter friends and questioned why any parent would put their child in short-shorts. One tweet replied back, “Oh, you mean slut shorts?” And another provided an answer: “They figure it’s okay to buy them because that’s all that’s in the store. And because if other girls are wearing them, then it’s okay.”
I can understand a herd mentality. Sure, we can all succumb to it. But one thing leads to another, and then you have little girls bumping and grinding on stage to cheering parents.
You think I’m exaggerating? Then you can just count yourself lucky that you have not seen a recent video, viewed by more than two million, on You Tube. It’s a dance performance by girls the same age as my daughter to Beyonce’s song “All the Single Ladies”. It’s shocking.
But mostly, it’s just plain sad. That a dance teacher thought it was a good idea to train these girls to perform these moves. That parents paid for this training; for these outfits. Drove them to countless practices. These are the adults that these girls are relying on for guidance in life.
Who knows? Maybe I’m just a prude. An exaggerating, over-analyzing prude. But I will keep searching for shorts that I think are a comfortable width and appropriate length for my daughter.
Now is her time to climb trees and swing on monkey bars. It’s a precious time that doesn’t last for that long.
If she dares to wear short-shorts when she’s older, that’s her choice. But for now, I need to make these choices for her.