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Posted: 05.21.2002
Let me see that thong
I've ranted about Americans dressing their pre-teen daughters up as sluts in the past, but Abercrombie & Fitch just decided to take it to a whole new level. I'm assuming the "shock press" wore off on their "Buddha Bash" campaign -- because now their latest must-have includes putting thong underwear on young girls ages 7-14 years old.

"It's cute and fun and sweet," said Hampton Carney, spokesman for the company based in New Albany, Ohio. The national clothing company is selling thong underwear in children's sizes - with the words "eye candy" and "wink wink" printed on the front.

What is wrong with these people?!? Don't they know their customers' daughters won't be able to attend Rancho Bernardo High School dances one day if caught wearing their product? (Article snagged from Daypop.)

Hey boy take a look at me...let me dirty up your mind...

That's just wrong.

It's certainly not cute or fun or sweet.

Gah. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out in the media.

¤ ¤ credit: Kristen | 05.21.02 at 07:45 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

it kills me to see girls at work (13-19) wearing thongs with low-riders. they squat, and you can TOTALLY see the top of the thong. they think this is sexy.

cause 13-year-olds should be thinking about how to be sexy. ARGH!!!!

¤ ¤ credit: erika | 05.21.02 at 10:06 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

Isn't this lovely? Little elementary and middle schoolers sporting thongs with suggestive sayings as they learn spelling words and long division.

Please stop asking kids to grow up too soon. The tragic events of Sept. 11th mean today's kids will never fully enjoy the idyllic childhood that most of us had. So now that they are robbed of the wonderful bliss that comes with feeling safe in your own country, let's go ahead and start sexing them up at age 10. Oh I think I am going to vomit.

¤ ¤ credit: Angela | 05.21.02 at 10:32 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

I can't recall being worried about a panty line at the age of ten, heck I couldn't even be bothered with it till I started working full time at the age of 25. I do recall worrying about mud castles and if there was enough daylight to finish of my creations before it got to dark.

I honestly have nothing against thongs, but I don't believe that a child first preoccupation should be the way they look, and I don't believe in dressing kids up to look like little versions of adults.

¤ ¤ credit: munin | 05.21.02 at 10:34 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

That absolutely sickens me. Anyone who says that doesn't endorse pedophilia should be smacked. Were I to have children, you can be damned sure no daughter of mine would have any kind of crap like that in her wardrobe.

¤ ¤ credit: jesse | 05.21.02 at 11:50 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

OK, everybody knows i'm all about sex and porn and whatnot, but this sickens even me. marketed for ages 7-14? oh yeah, pedophiles need more encouragement... sheesh!

¤ ¤ credit: mikey | 05.21.02 at 11:57 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

A&F will keep doing these outrageous things until people stop talking about it. I doubt that they really expected to sell many of the thongs. They just knew that it would get them plenty of free press and continue there reputation with teenagers as the controversial, rebellious clothing company that their parents hate. How cool, if you're a teenager.

¤ ¤ credit: wKen | 05.21.02 at 11:59 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

I'm with Munin, I didn't start wearing thongs until I was 17. Even that's pretty young, but 10? At 10 years old, my panty line was the last thing on my mind. Why can't they let kids be kids anymore?

And they're comparing them to Underoos! My Wonder Woman Underoos had a hell of a lot more coverage than a skimpy thong. Stuff like this sickens me, it's just more of the media and big corporations robbing our kids of their youth, for their selfish gains.

¤ ¤ credit: Eden | 05.21.02 at 12:30 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I think the thing that sickens me most is putting the "eye candy" label on any child's crotch -- a bullseye for a pedophile -- regardless of the size of underwear that accompanies it.

Can you stop to imagine dressing your little daughter up for school all innocent and sweet -- and then placing "eye candy" over the part every parent tries to protect the most in today's world -- along with a child's mind (which you are warping by letting them know panty lines matter before they've even had their first date)? I can't.

Want to be controversial? Fine. Want to be the company parents hate? Fine. But even Madonna had certain lines she wouldn't cross back in my day. A&F would be wise to learn the same.

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 05.21.02 at 12:48 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Aside from the pediphile statements and such, there's the issue of comfort. I have never met a child that enjoys wearing something uncomfortable. And it takes time to get used to a thong. But I remember when I was learning to dress myself, my Mom always told me that with underwear, the big part goes in the back... If other mothers practice the same thing, there's going to be some kids with some very uncomfortable undies on...

¤ ¤ credit: Veshka | 05.21.02 at 01:14 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

When I was ten years old, I liked to play with boys...things like baseball and digging up bugs and stuff like that...I certainly didn't want to SEDUCE them!

This is just SO disgusting...especially when you see these little girls getting pregnant...I read someplace that is IS possible to get pregnant even before your first period!

And as for pedophiles...I bet the parents who actually allow their daughters to dress like this are the first ones to whine when something bad happens to their *little princess*.

Anyone who would actually dress a child like this should not be allowed to reproduce. Period.

¤ ¤ credit: Christine M. | 05.21.02 at 01:40 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Doesn't this magazine border on child pornography showing this line of "clothing". Perhaps we need to turn them in for internet porn. Sick.
And I agree with you, Robyn, there are certain lines that shouldn't be crossed. A&F just crossed them.

¤ ¤ credit: Mama | 05.21.02 at 01:57 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

WHO is running A&F? WHAT the heck are they thinking? and WHY do they still have a job?

¤ ¤ credit: Linh | 05.21.02 at 10:11 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Just heard on my local news today that A&F is discontinuing this line of panties. Could it be they got all the FREE publicity and press they were after? 1 Million Moms said they would send a formal public apology after they also pulled their catalogs too. Hmmm.

¤ ¤ credit: Mama | 05.23.02 at 01:53 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

OOPS, not an apology,,,,thank you would be sent, an apology was definately not needed here. Unless A&F wanted to apologise that is.

¤ ¤ credit: Mama | 05.23.02 at 01:54 PM | link--this ¤ ¤


¤ ¤ credit: me | 12.17.02 at 06:38 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

This is totally sicking to me, I mean I love A&F, but the thongs to a bunch of 10 and 11 yr olds is totally inappropriate. I would never let my daughter dress up like some whore just because it's "the style" I won't accept that.

¤ ¤ credit: Alissondra | 11.08.03 at 12:23 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

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