Stephanie Giese’s post, “A Target Intervention on Behalf of My Daughters,” set off a nationwide conversation about girl’s clothing. And while I agree whole-heartedly that little girls’ clothing is too skimpy… my inner commentary has been, I am so glad that I have boys.
However, today I realized that girl clothes are an issue for my boys, too…
I hope to raise boys who respect women and do not see every pretty girl that walks by as a conquest. I hope to raise boys who hang out with girls for their personality and not just their looks. I hope to raise boys who look for a wife and not just a one-night stand.
I’m going to need some help.
Young men are not known for their abundance of self-control. They are impulsive, they are visually receptive and they have raging hormones. I am going to need help from girl moms and the clothing industry to help teach my sons that there is more to a girl than what lies beneath booty shorts and crop tops.
Girls need to have better options when it comes to affordable clothing. They deserve to have clothes that make them feel pretty without feeling exposed, and it is absolutely possible to make girl clothes that flatter the feminine body while maintaining some modesty.
Because modesty can be a route to happiness for girls and boys.
Of course, men should respect women no matter what. But maybe we could make their lives a little bit easier. Let’s change the clothing industry so that sex is not at the forefront of everyone’s minds (especially not when we are talking about young children).
Let’s give our boys a chance to focus on the things in life that truly matter while giving girls the opportunity to be seen for who they truly are.
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