Who are we to blame; retailers or ourselves as consumers, for the dressing of kids inappropriately?
Who are we to blame, retailers or ourselves as consumers, for the ongoing perverse fashion movement of dressing young children as adults in inappropriate clothing?
In my opinion, That is most definitely up to the parents to dress their children properly.
Retailers sell what costumers buy. Don't buy things you think is inappropriate for your child. As long as someone buys it, these items will come in again.
It is the immorality of the people. If the parents cared they wouldn't buy clothing from stores that sell inappropriate clothing. That store then would lose business and go under.
It is clearly up to the parents to decide. They can easily find suitable clothing for a child from another store. Parents are weak these days and spoil their children.
You can only change society by changing values.
Consumers. You can always go to another store and purchase different clothing. However, advertizers as well. They show images of children in inappropriate clothing and we become adapt to it.
It's the parents of course. Parents letting their boys walk around with pants below their knees. As for the female teens wearing mini skirts it's the parents also, but I will place some blame on men for this also. If men would stop giving teen girls attention for being half naked many would stop. So many girls crave attention from older men. The easiest way of getting it is to look "Hot" (reads wearing almost nothing). Why do you think the internet and magazines are full of "Barely Legal" girls? Many men crave teen girls. This attention just feeds the ego's and problems of teen girls.
Well... you can certainly blame retailers for kids WANTING to dress that way, but not necessarily for the fact that they actually do so. Its important to teach children the rules of propriety/modesty so that they know what is appropriate to wear, if you don't make an effort to teach them then they'll learn from other sources that might have a very different version of "appropriate"
Marketing/Advertising execs are really at the helm. They influence the consumer through the media and convince the retail buyers that trashy and risque clothing for kids is hot and in demand. Retailers are interested in the bottom dollar. If consumers won't buy the product, retailers will bring in something else. In the end, the consumer is the one with the power to make or break the trend.
Only ourselves - there has to be a market for such things otherwise they wouldn't be manufactured. A lot of parents can't seem to say 'no' to their children any more. Saying 'No' isn't being mean when you are saying 'No' to something that's inappropriate - videos, videos games, inappropriate company, getting home later than arranged - I'm sure other folk can think of more. I learned that a good barometer was whether or not I felt comfortable with what ever it was - if I didn't the answer was 'no' and I stuck to that. It seems to have worked out well over the years and my kids don't hate me either
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