Warning: this post might piss someone off. You've been warned.
I decided this year to participate in the Christmas donation project that was taking place at Stephen's Mommy's Day Out program. I offered to buy a pack of girl's underwear. No age was indicated. Just "Kid Size".
(This story starts out innocent enough right?)
Off I went to the store with Kathryn (Note: I'm intentionally not naming the store). When we arrived at the girl's section, there was a shelf unit set up specifically for displaying packs of girl's underwear. Yay! So easy right?
Much to my dismay (yes...DISMAY), there was quite the selection for the style of underwear. What do I mean style? I mean, that the size 4 (that's for a FOUR YEAR OLD) underwear pack did not just come in your traditional briefs style. No no. You could also select "hipster" (...what?) or "bikini" (....jaw drop...EXCUSE ME?).
Look, I am not saying that I don't have a collection from Victoria's Secret that has the most ridiculous amount of style choices. Because I do and I'm proud of it. But I'm also an adult woman.
WHAT FOUR YEAR OLD NEEDS TO BE WEARING BIKINI UNDERWEAR?! And look, when I say bikini, I'm talking underwear that has the two bands on the sides attaching the front and back parts of the underwear.
Some people are really upset (and rightfully so) of the increase of teen pregnancy. Don't get me wrong. I'm not about to point at these underwear packets and say "THERE'S YOUR PROBLEM!" But I think it speaks volumes about how quickly our children are being exposed to a more sexualized nature if four year olds have the option of bikini underwear.
So this Wag of the Spoon is going out to the panty brigade. Let our little girls be LITTLE!
It's also going out to those who buy these. Why? Because if there wasn't a market for it, they wouldn't be made. Supply and demand. That's what keeps those wheels turning.