Allow me to get on my soapbox for a minute here. I just read a blog on The Huffington Post titled "Would you buy this for your daughter?" The author was in the Juniors' section of Target and noticed that all of the bras geared toward teenage girls were push-up bras. Why do teenage girls need to be two cups larger?, the author asked. And then she makes a point that I have been making (inside my head) for years:
In a nation where we're dealing with sky-high teenage pregnancy rates, where we claim to be trying to get girls to have more positive body image and value themselves based on intellect and achievement rather than looks, are these garments sending the right message? ...
America, you're sending girls a mixed message. On one hand you're saying to have positive body image and love who we are, on the other we're being marketed makeup and clothing that obviously turns us into someone different.
How can we tell our teenagers not to have sex or that you don't need to show it all off in order for people to like you when the only message our teenagers are getting from movies, books, TV shows, magazines, clothing stores, and advertisements is SEX?
Grrr to society.