Fox News A UK clothing chain, popular discount retailer Primark, reacted swiftly to criticism of its padded bikini bras designed for girls as young as seven. The British tabloid The Sun broke the story last week and featured it prominently day after day. Meanwhile, its front page headlines generated considerable sales and not just among readers who were concerned with protecting the innocence of childhood. Earn Peekaboo Dance Dollars with the kiddie stripper pole Numerous reports on this story reminded readers of another recent sexualized item for children, the kiddie stripper pole.
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She spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the topic. There has long been a global concern that products and images may encourage the sexualization of children or direct sexual abuse at them. Barbie dolls have often been criticized for being unrealistically curvaceous. Teenage Disney star Miley Cyrus' bareback picture for Vanity Fair magazine was slammed for being too sexualized, as was year-old Brooke Shields' ad for Calvin Klein jeans in which she said: The American Psychological Association, in a report on the sexualization of girls, raised concerns about other ad campaigns, such as Skechers' "naughty and nice" ad in featuring Christina Aguilera dressed as a pigtailed, lollipop-licking schoolgirl.
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Bikinis made for toddlers on sale in a Primark store Image: Children's campaigners Kidscape have now urged high street shops to "let our children be children" and to leave bikinis for a time when girls have breasts and can make a conscious choice to wear them. As well as being deemed inappropriate, mums have labelled them as unsuitable as they don't protect children's skin from the Sun. But Primark denied its children's swimwear is unsuitable and say that the bikinis are designed in line with British Retail Consortium guidelines and insist they are age-appropriate. Mums have been outraged by the bikinis Image:
A tabloid newspaper, and child protection agencies launched complaints which finally accomplished having the suits taken off the shelves. As victims advocates we know why you should never sexualize children or help to normalize the sexualization of children. They may be learning how to look sexy in an adult way, but no one is teaching them what to do if they receive robust unwelcome adult attention.