Dressing for success

I’ve often wondered why there are so many teenage girls out there who dare to bare as much as possible when they go out. What is it about dressing scantily that makes them think their dress sense will inspire admiration for their fashion sense?

Well, admittedly they’re only doing it to impress the male halves of our species, who catcall and whistle to show their admiration. Why is it that this is the kind of attention they think they should be getting?

But at the heart of it all, we have to ask, as Jennifer Moses asks, “Why do so many of us not only permit our teenage daughters to dress like this – like prostitutes, if we’re being honest with ourselves – but pay for them to do it with our AmEx cards?”

If we do deplore the way these girls, and perhaps our very own daughters, dress, why do we not deplore our own insanity in actually purchasing these items for them?

I am actually of the opinion that some parents of today would rather drop their daughters off at the nearest mall with their very own purchasing card just to get them out of the way for the day. So the parents are not technically the ones “allowing” their children to buy the clothes because they’re not actually there to monitor the clothes being bought. However, handing their children money for the day out or their own credit cards – a la Paris Hilton – is facilitating them.

What do you think?

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5 responses to “Dressing for success

  1. Yeah. Girls know their instruments of power. More than fashion shows they dress to kill the male and get us drooling. Their scanty clothings make way for red carpets. I feel most parents give in because there’s a huge disconnect with them. Either they don’t want to feel old fashioned or really think they’re giving the best to their little ones at 18 or below.
    Or like you said they want them out of their way.

    But scanty dressing is here to stay right up to the boardrooms of power playboys.

    • I like your comment about parents being disconnected from their children. I wonder…do you think it’s because the media is just developing too quickly for parents to keep up? Just look at how fast the Internet is growing!

  2. I think you make a very valid point about the laziness of parenting. I think the other point that needs to be made though is that society has it in their head that only bare skin is sexy. A lot can be said for “hinting” rather than showing (I wish I can remember where I read the research that most men would prefer a woman in a tight black dress than a woman completely naked, because of the fantasy element). Perhaps we should be teaching our daughter’s not only to use their sexual power for good but HOW to use it by showing less and hinting more..

    • Thanks for your comment! I agree about your point as well! As a society, and especially in the media, we emphasise nudity too much as the reason for sexual attraction. I also read that research, and agree that we need to teach our daughters that the media is not accurate. It’s sensationalist.

  3. Purdita,Exactly. The media, net and mobiles have created a nuclear electronic tribe. The parents are left behind in the race. They’re unable to catch up with a brainwashed generation It’s like a bicycle trying to catch up with a Ferrari. But I am sure there are a lot of sensible kids too.

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