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Saturday, 2 June 2012

Too much too young?. edited 9/7/13



I was watching this video about the commercialisation of childhood and how marketing companies are targeting girls at younger and younger ages, promoting a much older lifestyle at them. 
This video shows very young girls in adult bathing costumes, the bikini being designed for a womans body past puberty. Should young girls be encouraged to wear bikinis?
While i don’t think its some pedophile conspiracy, i do think that greedy amoral marketing companies and the greedy amoral business behind it know a good thing when they spot it. And children are the least able to resist marketing , and their parents being targeted through the children through ‘pester power’.
Should young children particularly young girls be exposed to this level of marketing?
In the nordic countries advertisement is banned for young children, allowing them a level of childhood we don’t give them in the rest of the west. Of course they can connect to it through the internet, but not having it on television and in magazines seems to be a good thing.
Do you think these outfits are ‘too adult’?






 I placed various different ages  of swimwear and also the infamous cheeta bikini as created by actress Liz Hurleys fashion range, next to an adult model wearing a similar design.

What do people find disoncerting about a young child wearing a two piece swimwear?

Work in progress since i am still reading articles on the net, watching docs, formulating opinions on this issue.

34 comments:

  1. you know whats more disgusting than that ? children's beauty pageants where they groom these young girls into real life Barbie dolls. it is just sooo twisted. check out these images
    http://www.google.com.my/search?q=children's+beauty+pageants&hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=WwHLT9O5DomzrAeSqoC0Dg&ved=0CGkQsAQ&biw=1024&bih=704

    well. if i had a kid, i wouldnt parade her in a bikini like that for marketing or any other purposes. but i dont mind letting my baby (i mean a baby) for a couple of baby commercials. thats it.

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    1. Thanks Jaya, i have seen those child pageants, they certainly seem to have ambitious parents.The idea of 'tween' between child and teenager, that was unheard of ten years ago, its a marketing invention. If your a marketing company you want to increase sales, their is a financial benefit in targeting younger and younger children. They do this by attacking the children with products aimed at inducing loyalty, instead of lipstick they have 'cola lip gloss' and 'cherry blusher'.I know i keep saying it lol, but i still think critical thinking saves you from being a victim of advertsing, their so devious, Don Draper would be considered a wimp in a modern advertising studio lol.

      In England briefly they had thongs for ten year old girls, it caused a big sensation,but now their on the market. We even have lingerie for girls, 'little miss' bed time outfits, which are tiny shorts, spaghetti strap tops with devil faces or the rolling stone lips logo or the playboy log.

      I still don't think its pedos behind it, it is just greedy business, they want control. And control over yoru spending habits over your lifetime, means feeding on your insecurities and getting you while your young.

      Pretty grim really.

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    2. Although it may be wrong as you see it I really don't mind. Parents are to blame they must get a kick out of seeing their young daughters dressed sexually. Is it an incestuous daddy thing or even a mummy thing? Finally You don't have to view these sort of images it's a matter of choice.

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  2. I think it should be left up to the discretion of the parents. If it was my child, I wouldn't allow it just because I'm sure its a place pedophiles would love to go, even for the little boys too. I don't think we should let the presence of a pedophile ruin the fun for the children either, I mean we have a lot of freedoms, at least in some countries. I don't like the mindset of something being banned and allowing no choice to be made. Basically, I wouldn't do it but I don't think it should be banned either.

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    1. Thanks Matt, well i don't think anyone has an issue with a fashion show or clothes for children, but the issue has changed recently. From a general colourful fashion for children, that is not specifically targeted but is an addendum to adult fashion, to what we have now. Which is an adult world, targeted at children, the quicker they grow them up, they quicker they can sell.

      I agree with your comment about avoiding alarmism, pedophiles are rare, it gets dangerous when we stop children having fun because of what might happen.

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  3. Yup, too adult, I think. Kids should be allowed to look like kids. I'm even against kids wearing make up.

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    1. Thanks Terra, its interesting to see magazines targeted at tweens,which you never had ten years ago. They all offer a watered down adult culture, its training. They want the young girls to start wearing make up, thinking about boys, thinking about fashion and worrying about their self image.

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  4. if parents do not have objection and its not forceful then its ok.

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    1. Thanks sm, the question is , is it harmful, lots of parents let their children smoke and drink, but we say that young children cannot make an informed choice when it comes to drugs. So does the same appy to this intense marketing?

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  5. Yeah it surely is stupid and all about greed. Parents are whacko for letting their kids do this, most are just idiots trying to live through their kids anyway and feel "young" again, weirdos.

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    1. Lol, thanks Pat, i agree, some of the mums would put King Kong to fright. Thankfully when i was a child i was usless at everything so i never was picked.

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  6. This must be a paedophile's playground. I think that people only think of money, there's no greater consciousness of the consequences that their actions have. And this is the world we live in. It makes me not want to have kids :(

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    1. Thanks Azra,your right about so many people only thinking of money. Billionaires used to leave their money to the poor and set up trusts and charities. Cant think of any rich people who do that now. Those days are gone. You cannot take it with you, so why not make the world better for everyone?

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  7. There is a worrying trend towards this kind of thing. Why would you want to dress your child up like this... chillout and let them be kids not objects of erotica. Bizarrely I once did some work in a prison that specialised in paedophiles and one of the jobs was to remove any pictures of children from magazines/papers/catalogues...

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    1. Thanks G, sounds like an interesting job, did you do art therapy or something?

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  8. I don't mind kids in bikinis on the beach, but there is something strange about them parading around in them in the mall.

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    1. Thanks Missed Periods,i think its just a fashion show, it looks like local kids since their a bit unsteady on their feet. The young ones were adorable, i liked it when they waved to what i presume was their mums. Whats clear from the comments, if we can view it as a bit of straw poll is some are against targeted marketing of kids and some don't seem to mind.

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  9. I totally see this with my baby cousin. She's 8 and totally acts like a 20 year old. She dresses hot to trot and it's not right! Give these kids back their childhoods!!

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    1. Thanks Jax, from what i read there is more and more pressure on children, particularly girls, which is the majority of advertisment anyway.'Hot to trot' that made me laugh, i had not heard that before. We call them 'brassers' in England.Well they do in this city. A guy goes out and he tries to 'rub a bit of brass'. I had to delete some of this because i got caught up in a crude joke aha. This is Jayas influence on my blog, she brought in more laughter.

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  10. That's a little much for those kids, some of them didn't look happy!

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    1. Thanks Lurker, its more the ads that bother me, should children be off limits to ads?
      I did see a very funny video of two mini ballerinas fighting though and they were definitely not happy.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJFkTCTAJd8&feature=related

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  11. Yes, I think these outfits are too adult. Kids should dress like kids. Kids should act like kids.
    I believe in modest clothing for kids, men , and women. I did a post about about it which has nothing to do with children clothing but about modest thing.

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    1. Thanks izdiher. Well i mainly dress modestly unless you count a pair of shorts i wear that are Hawaian themed, their pretty colorful and i think most people would rather i didn't wear them lol.
      It is more the marketing that interests me this intense targeting toward children.

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    2. ahan..children are future if we are gonna teach them that then you can see our future.

      I am also reading your previous posts and also two of your other blogs: "The psychology of batman" and"she cheated on me" ( I wanna read part 2)

      All I wanna say You are talented. You can write, draw and have our own thinking and a kind heart.
      Do you best !
      Allah is with you.

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    4. Thanks Izdiher do you have the link for the 'she cheated on me' i think it was a story i was working on.

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  12. Sure, Sir!
    here is the link

    http://shecheatedonme2.blogspot.com/

    If this is a story you working on then please continue .
    I wish my English more better so I be your co -writer

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    1. Thanks so much for the link, i think i have a few blogs out there i let die. Do you write?, you should post some of the things you have created, blog is a great platform for people to enjoy what you write.I'd love to read it.

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  13. I noticed bikinis for little girls the other day at the mall and was perplexed. What parent would let their kid wear a bikini?

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    1. Thanks Banacek, sorry for the late reply, when i was young girls wore swimsuits, but now its bikinis. If the big marketing companies can target girls as young as possible to view their bodies differently they will.

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  14. ITS GETTING BAD!Come check out my blog=)

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  15. to much, I know, as I just got a hard on that is throbbing hard.

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