Girls Write Out
Monday, October 06, 2008
Remember when Senior Pictures were nice, slightly fuzzy head shots of high school seniors? Well, I was walking through the mall the other day and passed at least two kiosks full of senior photos. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but apparently senior photos have gone a new direction.

At least with the girls' photos. Maybe they were under the impression they were stocking a portfolio for an--um--other career, but some of those photos seemed a tad racy. I mean, honey, if you're lying prone on your back with a come-hither look, maybe that says a certain something you don't want Aunt Bernice to know about. And I'm pretty sure Grandma won't want to see that cleavage.

And I have to say, the photos are only a tiny piece of the problem. Since when is skanky something to aspire to? Why did we start letting our teenage girls display their bodies like they're up for the highest bid? Are they that desperate for attention? As the mother of boys let me just say, I don't appreciate it.

And if you're trying to raise a modest girl, God love ya. I've been in the junior department at the stores and it's a real feat to find a shirt that isn't as tight as scuba wear.
Denise Hunter  
posted at 6:56 AM  
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At 9:42 AM, Blogger Rachel Overton said...

Tell me about it. I have a daughter who's turning 14 the end of this month. Holy cats! What am I supposed to buy for this kid to wear? We are blessed that so far she shares our views on tight clothing, high hemlines, and low necklines, but she still wants to be cool. Finding something that meets the "decency" requirements yet still fits the "cool" standards? Nigh unto impossible, let me tell you! And if you try to buy it bigger so it's not skin-tight, then, hello! The neckline hangs halfway to her bellybutton. Or so it seems. Ya know?


Whoa! Apparently you hit a hot button, Denise! :-)

At 11:38 AM, Blogger Tricia said...

I can relate on both sides. I have teen boys that see too much skin every time they leave the house these days.

I also have a pre teen girl and one coming up soon, and I already have a terrible time finding clothes for them!

We have to buy several sizes too big, just to have a shirt fit them right. UGH!

I saw a young lady at a speech pathology convention yesterday wearing her jeans and tank top so tight I wondered why she bothered with any clothing at all; and she was at a convention! Can anyone say inappropriate!

At 12:59 PM, Blogger Winter Peck said...

I'm so tempted to buy boy clothes for my girl. Not like she already acts like a tomboy, but the clothing there is made to cover everything, unlike it is for girls. It's even hard to find decent stuff for little girls. I tell ya, they're starting earlier and earlier.

At 1:49 PM, Blogger Rachel Overton said...

yeah, and wait til they start caring what size they wear. Then, when you buy bigger so the item is decent, they think they're fat because they aren't wearing the same size as their friends.

Our poor girls. What society is doing to them infuriates me!

And the boy clothes thing...yeah, but I get tired of jeans and tshirts and hoodies! And so does
she...sometimes! :-)

At 3:50 PM, Blogger Anette said...

My daughter is in her senior year right now - and it is our expectation that her picture will be in a gown (you know the blue button up at the neck trail to the floor kind...) and if the school is doing something skanky we will get our pictures done elsewhere!

Calgary, Alberta

At 4:50 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Oh, brother. Don't even get me started on this topic. I feel like I'm having to police everything my 14 year old daughter wears. It is very difficult to find ANYTHING that isn't sleezy.

Ok, I'm asking an honest question here: If all of us are unhappy--and there HAVE to be plenty of others out there that are unhappy with the styles, too--how to we CHANGE the fashions? How do we say, "Enough already!" and get someone to listen from the fashion/clothing industry?

At 7:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

It's not just children you can't get decent clothes for these days.

If I was paid a dollar for every time I tried something on and put it back on the rack because the neckline was too low I'd be rich!

You can't even find nice patterns if you want to make your own clothes.

At 9:38 PM, Blogger Annie said...

i hear ya! i'm a full time Youth director at a church and i've had to have the modesty talk with most of my girls. it's so sad. their parents seem to think that because they're in high school, they should have the freedom of expression to wear whatever they want. are you kidding me? kids, especially teenagers, need boundaries and that includes with waht they wear!!!! to all of you parents out there trying to raise your kids the right way, THANK GOD FOR YOU! I wish i had more of you in my life! Unfortunately, i end up being the parent to most of these kids and I'm way too young for that....

and it is difficult to find clothes for adults that fit the rules too. it stinks. boo to the decline of the american family because that's what i think is causing all this. because the american family has declined in prominince in society, therefore good values and morals, integrity and good business practices no longer matter. its just...sad.

At 10:26 PM, Blogger WK said...

LOL I hear ya. My baby girl is only 4 and I swear everything is skin tight.I actually buy clothes too big and she wears my son's clothes. But if I don't then it's too freaking tight. She's 4! I mean they are making make-up and targeting kids her age, real make-up not fake stuff!

It really really bothers me.


At 11:09 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Victoria's Secret ain't secret anymore! Makes me so mad that parents have to deal with this and the kids have the pressure to be cool and all that junk! Let me say it again, MAKES ME MAD!!!

Our kids are raised but we have five, count 'em, FIVE granddaughters to keep our knees calloused. Short of hoping they get zits and lots of them, real prayer--the all-night vigil, no-eating types, is what I'm thinking is ahead for us.

Course, we could send them to the North Pole till they're, say, 60. There's always that.

At 2:46 AM, Blogger Rel said...

I think I'm with Diann! I have three daughters 10, 8 and 5 and the fact that the older two are so tall they need teen sizes it is a nightmare. Thankfully their school (and most schools in Australia) have compulsory school uniform - it is a wonderful thing!

At 5:57 PM, Blogger Rhonda/WA state said...

I was just wondering the same thing with the senior pics. These girls look like they're applying for Victoria Secret or Playboy.

I believe it's up to the parent to say what goes on and in those pictures. We not only pay big bucks for them but we're suppose to be the one in charge. Hmm.


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