High Street stores have come under fire for selling inappropriate clothes with sexual connotations which are aimed at children.
A leading British nurse called on parents to boycott stores selling clothes aimed at the ‘sexualisation’ of young girls – and Mail online readers overwhelmingly agree.
Click here to see the article that provoked such a storm.
Using our reader comments service, you reacted with shock and outrage at the fashion trend, and revealed many other examples of clothing and accessories on sale which are unsuitable for children.
Your accounts of other items of clothing bought or on sale for youngsters were alarming.
“My cousin purchased a thong for her 10-year-old daughter with a picture of a cute small cat, in leopard print and the words ‘sex kitten’ emblazoned across the front,” writes BW, from Sutton, Surrey. “I was honest in my opinion to her that it was completely unsuitable for a child, but she felt it was grown-up and cute.”
Angela, from Glasgow, said: “A few weeks ago I saw a little girl of about 11 wearing a t-shirt which said across it ‘Hands off – for display purposes only’. To make matters worse she was wearing a pink cardigan with the Playboy logo on it. I was horrified, couldn’t believe my eyes and personally think her parents should be arrested.”
Joanne, from Cardiff, said: “I live next door to a woman who has a 5-year-old daughter, and shes thinks its clever to let her daughter wear bras and thongs! She seems to think it’s wonderfull that she can buy bras and thongs for her. Needless to say the child also acts like a 16-year-old.”
Many of you were appalled at the way childhood is being shortened by fashion trends and parents. As Liz, from Nottingham, said: “Stores would not sell these goods if mothers didn’t buy them.”
“No wonder the age of sexual active youth has started at a lower age than ever before and the number of teenage pregnancies has risen,” Sharon, from London, pointed out.
Emma, from Manchester, said the British seem to allow children to pursue fashion more than in other countries.
“Go on holidays anywhere else in Europe and you see children that look like children, dressed in children’s clothes – and then you pass British children on the street looking like little Lolitas or worse in boob tubes and tottering on high heels at the age of six or seven,” she said.
Astonished readers were struck by the broad sexual culture in Britain where “there seems to be a lack of responsibility taken by parents, who blame the shops, and the media”.
“Do they have no sense of morality themselves?” Jagdeep, from Southampton, asked.
Some readers were so disturbed by items on sale that they actually took matters into their own hands.
“I recently complained to staff in T J Hughes store Liverpool about slogans on children’s tee shirts which were totally inappropriate for six or seven-year-olds. The t-shirts were removed from sale following this but I think the manufacturers/designers of such clothing should be named and shamed. Every child deserves a childhood free from this sort of thing,” said Sue Jones, from Liverpool.