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Updated on March 30, 2012

Push up bras for young girls - Naughty or nice?

While watching Good Morning America recently, an expose on push up bras for young girls appeared. Now, as I peered over my first cup of coffee, I couldn't believe what I was seeing - a few cups runneth over (and I'm not talking about coffee). I was watching a 15 year old girl modeling a push up bra with a (get this) pushup level of Double WHOA. I mean, come on! Double WHOA? Who at 15 should be even wearing a single WHOA? I suppose a single WHOA is upping the bra cup size 1 level but a double WHOA takes a young girl's budding chest up two full levels (I wish I could bring mine down a few levels).

Isn't there enough pressure on young girls to look their best? When does a child's childhood end these days? All I can say is that I'm glad I'm a product of the '60s and was allowed to be a kid when being a kid was fun. Remember running around outside and playing? I'm afraid that 'playing' has taken on a new connotations today.

I'm including just one ad on this page for a push up bra for young girls and hope it gets clicks but no sales. I personally find the whole issue ridiculous. Let's see what you have to say.

Now, for those of you who grew up to be full figured women on your own (like i did...), here's a good article about Prima Donna bras for the full figured woman.

Picture is courtesy of Flickr.com. I'm praying I'm not supporting child pornography....

For what it's worth, here's a lens I wrote about Shatter Nail Polish - a perfectly nice way to dress up a girl's nails. Or, to slightly push the envelope, how about buying your teen girl a pair of sheer panty hose?

And, this lens was updated 9/1/11 when I found out that JC Penney had joined Abercrombie and Fitch in the sexualization of young girls. Scroll down to see the update on JC Penney's t-shirt which was recalled today....

Ashley Push-Up Triangle makes the top 10 worst products of 2011

Ha! I knew it! For once, I was ahead of the times writing this article Push up bras for young girls! Check out this article which details the worst product flops of 2011 - hint - there's a bunch of electronic gadgets that flopped too:

The worst product flops of 2011.

Push up bra for young girls

This is actually not a push up bra for young girls but it does, reportedly "Bumpm' Up". Excuse me? A bra called 'Bump 'Em?' My bra should be called 'Hold 'em..."

How about raising your teen's self image instead of her buxom?

Prosti-tots?

This CNN video is of a CNN writer fielding comments on his article Parents, don't dress your like tramps. Some of you may disagree but I personally think that LZ has a good take on this subject.

A poll to see where you stand

I'm curious once again about your thoughts. Do you think that it's corporate America at blame or should the onus be on parents to keep their children from looking like tramps?

Who's to blame?

See results

Raise your daughters right - With a little help from these books

Not everyone is a born Mother so almost everyone needs a reference book once in a while. The one thing you can be assured of is that, whatever problem you're facing with your teen girl, someone else has faced it and written a book about it. The below are good reads on raising girls.

Push up bras for young teens

We already know how I feel about the subject but how about you?

Updated 3/30/12: I find it interesting to note that the girls who voted 'Yes' in this poll are all teenagers. Ladies, you're beautiful as you are and, as to appearing older, don't rush things. There will be a day when you wish you looked younger.

Should young girls wear push up bras?

Yes, it's fine. They're just becoming women a bit younger than they used to.

Yes, it's fine. They're just becoming women a bit younger than they used to.

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    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes but not too early of a teen. I wouldn't wear a pushup bra until I actually have REAL boobs to put in a bra. So I wouldn't wear one until I'm probably 15 or 16, but maybe sooner if need be. See I'm 13 and I wear 34 A and I would like a pushup bra but I'm not necessarily in need of one. So in conclusion yes young girls SHOULD wear pushup bras, but only if they NEED them. :))

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I myself am a teenager. 13 to be specific. I'm only a 32a and I want to get a push up bra too. Although I'm not rushing to go out and buy one. A lot of girls my age feel very self conscious and just want to feel good about themselves. What's wrong with that? It would be how THEY feel, not you. Also, for the parents who disagree, why not make them pay for it themselves then? I have enough money to buy a good push up bra right now but I'm not rushing to go out and buy one either. Anyway, the main thing I'm trying to get out is that instead of judging us, put yourselves in our shoes. Thank you. :)

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      yes cuz, they help younger girls to feel good about themselves or more older

    No, it sucks.

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Those bras are the crappiest bras ever kids don't need that big a bra you must be crazy thinking kids need a bra that big kids don't grow boobs properly until there about 18 or 19

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Crap bras I say !!!!!!!!!

      • mariacarbonara 4 years ago

        Kids should not be trying to make themselves look sexy. The difficulty is that those are the images coming out of the TV and movies.

      • amandascloset0 4 years ago

        The fashion industry will continue to cross the line more and more as long as there are ignorant parents out there who allow it.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Hell no! Not unless they need it. I m 12 n i know. Some girls im my class hav very big boobs n they need it for support but i don't need any. The some means 2-3.

      • Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

        Let kids be kids.

      • DeannaDiaz 5 years ago

        Self esteem is NOT attached to how big your boobs are girls! You are SUPPOSED to be a 32A, your still a kid for crying out loud!

      • Ruthi 5 years ago

        No! Teenagers have enough issues with self-esteem without society putting an additional pressure on them. It is much more important that we teach our children about their value and worth as a person, rather than as a sexual being.

      • SteveKaye 5 years ago

        A smile is more attractive than cleavage. And, best of all, a smile lasts.

      • norma-holt 5 years ago

        No, and they are being exploited by sex craved maniacs.

      • CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

        No! This is a terrible idea. We need to allow childrenn to be children, instead of trying to take away from them something they can never get back.

      • June Parker 5 years ago from New York

        They don't need to be giving young boys with raging hormones any more encouragement then they already have. Their brains haven't matured enough yet to have the sense to deal with the situations that will arise from it nor do they understand they are sending the wrong message. Apparently the parents of the girls that allow it haven't matured enough to be parents.

      • EMangl 5 years ago

        no woman should wear them, no matter if young or elder - it's pretty stupid to fake something, more stupid that people care only about their outer look than their inner shine

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I don't get why they need their boobs to look good. That's just sad.

      • AJ 6 years ago from North Carolina

        NO. And I'm glad you wrote this -- I think people should know what's out there BEFORE their daughters start trying to wear it.

        Kids grow up too fast as it is, and there is no reason to push it -- or allow them to push it. I go to my 12 year old's middle school sometimes and am shocked -- I've asked more than once if the kids I was seeing in the halls actually were students there, if the school was also a high school and I had misunderstood. It's ridiculous. When I was 12, 42 years ago, I was begging to be allowed to wear make-up to school. The answer was no. When I was 13, my mother allowed me to wear the tiniest, almost completely unnoticeable pale blush, lipstick and I think maybe pale eye shadow on the very last day of school when we just picked up our reports and went home early. And that did NOT mean I was allowed to wear make-up freely whenever I wanted. Girls today would probably think that was mean, but I agree with my mother 100% now that I've lived some years myself. I read somewhere a few months ago about Abercrombie selling something like this -- padded bra-shirts or something marketing to girls younger than 10. And the 10 year old runway model in France in the "inappropriate" poses... it just keeps coming. I'm glad you're sounding the alarm -- don't remove your lens.

      • capturedbykc 6 years ago

        No! Natural beauty is the best beauty a person can have and it is free. For such young individuals to be so worried about the size of their breasts and becoming a sex object rather than utilizing more effort to expand their knowledge is incomprehensible to me. IMO, any parent who would agree to this for young adolescent girls is telling them that its okay to be sex objects and only wanted of your looks... which is wrong.

      • sheriangell 6 years ago

        Most definitely NOT! As the mom of two pre-teen girls these subjects are pushing (sorry) my buttons. Buying a push up bra for a young girl sends so many wrong messages; your body isn't naturally beautiful, you have to sell your self in life, geez my stomach turns over this. Please God help me through the teen years.....

      • Joan4 6 years ago

        It really makes me sad that these young girls think they have to do this to be cool.

      • Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

        I like the way you said it: No, it sucks! Breasts are for breast feeding. How society got the notion to idolize big ones is beyond me.

      • happynutritionist 6 years ago

        No way, why push sexuality so early? There's much more fun things to do than spend time focusing on your body.

      • Joan Haines 6 years ago

        It is insane to give young girls the idea that they should be sex objects. Hurrying girls into looking like alluring women causes all kinds of trouble.

      • Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

        No. And if anyone could have (and still could) use one of these dumb things, it's me. I think the whole imagine thing many people are obsessed with is ridiculous when REAL issues could be discussed and managed instead.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        No.

      • Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

        Nah, there's plenty of time to obsess about boobs later in life. Let kids be kids and keep the focus off of body parts.

      • CCGAL 6 years ago

        I don't think anybody should wear push up bras ... they are uncomfortable. It's sad to me that children aren't being allowed to be children, but are being introduced to sexuality at earlier and earlier ages. It makes me very sad.

      Training bras for teens

      I say keep 'em under wraps! I had to wear a training bra right after I came out of Mom's womb...

      Shouldn't we let young girls be young girls?

      Innocence is lost quickly enough in this fast paced world. The posters below show young girls being young girls. Let's not push them to be anything else. Celebrate the spirit - not the body...

      Buy Posters at AllPosters.com

      Some links regarding the sexualization of young woman

      I'm blushing at the support this lens has gotten in just 24 short hours and, when I went looking for additional articles/blogs, etc, I found a webful of the things. Here's a few of my favorites.

      A true story about my wardrobe mishap a long time ago

      So, as you can probably tell, I've always been very endowed. Some might think I'm lucky, some (including me) are not all that interested in toting around these things. Anyway, here's my story.

      A long time ago, I reported to a temporary agency for a short job - just one evening of entering data. There were about 20 women in the room as we were 'trained' on the system. The training was incredibly boring and, since my attention span rivals that of a rock, I was understandably bored.

      I was leaning down to fiddle with my shoe, my hooters were under the table when the instructor called on me. I suppose he was trying to embarrass me as I was the only one sighing in boredom.

      I sat up quickly to (correctly) answer his question and the underwire from my bra caught onto the bottom of the table. And, there were the girls out of their crate! Yep, right there for all to see, flopping over my bra. Luckily, my embarrassment threshold is a lot higher than my attention span and I just cracked up. Laughed my boobs off!

      A poll about push up bras for young girls

      Aerie push up bra for girls
      Aerie push up bra for girls

      I think by now you see where I stand on the subject of push up bras for young girls but where do you stand?

      Do you think a push up bra for young girls is ok?

      See results

      Abercrombie and Fitch - friend or foe?

      I chose not to breed but I do know how I feel about Abercrombie and Fitch's controversial ads featuring young teens in compromising situations. There's quite a fervor in the mall as I see mothers shielding their teen's eyes when they pass in front of the store.

      Here's the buzz on the web about Abercrombie and Fitch.

      Another wardrobe malfunction....

      JC Penney pulled a t-shirt after public outcry

      At least we may be getting somewhere. JC Penney pulled this t-shirt from their stores after so many people complained. The slogan on the young girl's shirt was "I'm too pretty to do homework so my brother does it for me." Really? Really? A parent would allow that to be plastered across their young daughter's chest? Are they the same parents who would buy a push up bra for a young girl?

      What I want to know is what kind of designer thought this message was appropriate for a young girl's t-shirt? What is wrong with people?

      Read the whole article by clinking this link: Texas-based J.C. Penney pulls “too pretty” T-shirt for girls.

      JC Penney debate

      I'm sure everyone already knows where I stand on the issue of putting little girls in grown up girls clothes. Where do you stand?

      Do you think that JC Penney's t-shirt should have been recalled?

      Of course! It's demeaning to girls.

      Of course! It's demeaning to girls.

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        • anonymous 3 years ago

          Must have been a selfish woman that cares only about money that thought that one up.

        • amandascloset0 4 years ago

          At this age range those shirts should have scooby doo on it or Barbie or something.

        • Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

          Yes, it is time for major corporations to start being socially responsible to our youth.

        • SteveKaye 5 years ago

          The responsibility for products like this belongs to us, the consumers. If no one bought one of these, JC Penney would remove them from their stores.

        • norma-holt 5 years ago

          Yes, another case of idiots in the designing trade

        • CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

          Must have been an aging male chauvinist pig that thought that one up.

        • June Parker 5 years ago from New York

          There is no way it is O.K. to put out that kind of message to kids. It is not only demeaning, it also says it is OK to cheat in school. I don't believe in censorship except when it comes to young children and the parents should be the censor. The thing I don't get is that parents would buy it or allow their kids to buy it in the first place. They scream for a recall because they can't control what their kids are buying?

        No. We're taking this stuff to seriously.

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          Too fat????! WTH?

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          Heidi Klum was called "too fat for the runway" by German designer Wolfgang Joop. Really...Pictures of poor Jennifer Love Hewitt sparked all kinds of "fat" talk when she was shown having fun in the ocean. Aren't we carrying image a little too far?Rumors surrounded Eva Longoria. Was she pregnant or "just fat?"And, while we're on the subject of "fat," who can forget Jessica Simpson in her "mom jeans." Interestingly, high waisted jeans are coming back into fashion.Marilyn Monroe would have been called fat if she was alive today. This icon was simply a beautiful woman in my opinion.
          Heidi Klum was called "too fat for the runway" by German designer Wolfgang Joop. Really...
          Heidi Klum was called "too fat for the runway" by German designer Wolfgang Joop. Really...
          Pictures of poor Jennifer Love Hewitt sparked all kinds of "fat" talk when she was shown having fun in the ocean. Aren't we carrying image a little too far?
          Pictures of poor Jennifer Love Hewitt sparked all kinds of "fat" talk when she was shown having fun in the ocean. Aren't we carrying image a little too far?
          Rumors surrounded Eva Longoria. Was she pregnant or "just fat?"
          Rumors surrounded Eva Longoria. Was she pregnant or "just fat?"
          And, while we're on the subject of "fat," who can forget Jessica Simpson in her "mom jeans." Interestingly, high waisted jeans are coming back into fashion.
          And, while we're on the subject of "fat," who can forget Jessica Simpson in her "mom jeans." Interestingly, high waisted jeans are coming back into fashion.
          Marilyn Monroe would have been called fat if she was alive today. This icon was simply a beautiful woman in my opinion.
          Marilyn Monroe would have been called fat if she was alive today. This icon was simply a beautiful woman in my opinion.

          I'm not sure I haven't sold out when putting up a lens about push up bras for young teens and might even take the lens down. I do feel that, by putting alternatives, like training bras on the lens, I've sort of saved a small piece of my soul...boy, I hope I get in heaven one day...

          What do you think?

          How do you feel about this lens?

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              mariacarbonara 4 years ago

              Great lens. Although it can be difficult to say to youngsters to not dress a certain way if we go and do it ourselves.

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              ideadesigns 5 years ago

              Wow, I have laughed with you! You have a way with words and I love this lens! My kiddos do not need to grow up years before their time. Just saying :)

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              Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

              I am so glad that you came out and said it. Let our kids be kids and stop putting pressure on girls to be a woman before they are emotionally ready to be. God they are going to be a woman for about 80 years and only a kid for a little while anyway. Let them enjoy being a kid.

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              RAMPOUTcom 5 years ago

              Hopefully parents will guide their children in appropriate attire.

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              BodyLanguageExp 5 years ago

              Excellent advice for parents

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              SteveKaye 5 years ago

              Thank you for creating this lens. Through it you give courage to parents who might be undecided on this issue.

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              Othercatt 5 years ago

              As a mother of an almost 12 year old, it pushed all my buttons. The last time we went shopping, I let her pick out her own clothes. That is, I let her pick out her own clothes until she walked out of the dressing room looking like her shirt and jeans had been poured onto her. Then I changed my mind. It makes me wonder if the childrens clothes companies are all run by pedophiles. Why else would they think it's okay to market clothes that make a 12 year year old look like a hooker?

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              norma-holt 5 years ago

              it's a great lens and you raise some very interesting points about the exploiting of children by the sex craved maniacs who can't get enough to satisfy their hunger in a normal fashion. Sorry about the pun.

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              CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

              I had no idea they were selling such abominations! You are making people aware with this lens

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              June Parker 5 years ago from New York

              Bravo! Another great lens with a food for thought message. Blessed

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              wolfie10 5 years ago

              young girls don't need the extra pressure, but if it makes them feel good then i could be ok to wear one, nice lens

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              EMangl 5 years ago

              @anonymous: well said

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              Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

              Good lens; gives people something to think about. Do you remember early TV when all the ladies looked pointy, and unnecessary car parts were made after them? I'm glad we've gotten away from that. Blessed.

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              anonymous 5 years ago

              girls this days don't really know the meaning of beauty. they just want to be an attention to others. But there other ways for that. Pity...

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              AJ 6 years ago from North Carolina

              I think of this lens as doing a service to people, actually. Keep it up. Like capturedbykc said, many parents just let their kids do whatever they want -- you know, because "everyone else is doing it." Maybe if they see that everyone isn't, and everyone doesn't cave in, they will begin to lay down some rules for their kids instead of giving in to marketing extremes.

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              capturedbykc 6 years ago

              This lens is great! I love this viewpoint because unfortunately there are so many parents who just sit back and give their children whatever they ask for because they don't want to argue. I believe that this lens brings out your beliefs and lets your personal moral values shine through. I commend you on your beliefs and how you handled this topic and I can totally relate to your bra mishap story, I have been there myself (well not exactly obviously lol) ;D Thanks for the great read!

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              sheriangell 6 years ago

              You did good and most certainly didn't sell out. Blessed by a Squid Angel today.

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              Joan4 6 years ago

              I can't help but wonder where the parents are? Or if they know this going on, why don't they care? It's sad and it's a sad commentary on our times indeed. Do not take the page down please. the conversation is important and I would like to see what others think about this.

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              Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

              I like how you handled the topic. I have the same "problem" you do, so I never understand the emphasis on large ones. I would not have let my daughter get a push up bra.

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              Joan Haines 6 years ago

              You haven't sold out. You are pointing out how it is NOT a good idea to have young girls wear push up bras. The bras you are showing for sale on the lens are functional, pretty alternatives for girls.

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              Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

              I think you're fine. You're not advocating push up bras but showing some alternatives and giving your honest views of this controversial subject. Very well done, Lori. Now, keep the girls IN!

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              Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

              People are hot on the topic after it was featured in the news. This gives them a place to come and express their opinions. Good debate topic.

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              Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

              I like it. (The lens, I mean.) I really had no idea pushup bras were being marketed to such young girls. Really seems ridiculous to me, but it's all about the $$, of course. Sad.

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              CCGAL 6 years ago

              I think you have handled this sensitive topic well, and I like that you've provided alternatives. There are going to be young mothers searching online for opinions on this topic, and your lens might end up being just the thing that provides the emotional support to a young mother to stand up to peer pressure and insist on allowing her daughter to remain a child a bit longer.