Clothes-shopping for your aspiring daughter (but aspiring to what?)

  • Article by: Dawn Quigley
  • Updated: May 3, 2013 - 6:46 PM

And, parents, be aware that your daughter may not know this.

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LauralundMay. 3, 13 7:43 PM

Amen. The world doesn't need another princess, either.

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hobie2May. 3, 13 8:59 PM

As my wife used to say to our daughter "Do you want all those weird smelly old men picturing your bare [pick part] when they are alone? Ugh."... Never had too much trouble with clothing for her.

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jload027May. 3, 13 9:15 PM

Can't say enough how right this author is. I find it alarming how many young women I meet are intent on looking like strippers. Not a long-term goal, peeps!

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swan1963May. 4, 13 7:08 AM

couldn't agree more!! As a 50 year old professional woman my peers and I are shocked at what parent's are doing to their young daughters by proudly posing with them in their dance outfit that would fit in the red light district-- and then posting it on FB for the world to see. Your daughter will appreciate your standard (some day.) Thank you for stating the obvious... the clothes in the store will change when parents stop buying them...

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solarnowMay. 4, 13 7:53 AM

Agree! I'd also say the first mistake was going to the mall. They all peddle cheap imported fashionista clothing with high markup. There is another way: buy American. It takes some homework, and you'll spend just as much money, but you won't be ruled by the mass market imported junk. And the money stays in the good ol' USA.

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CarrieMplsMay. 4, 13 8:06 AM

I agree with this overall - let's stop sexualizing young women and encourage them in better pursuits. And I agree that young girls should not be dressed as prostitutes. Their value lies not in their looks and we need to do more with that message. Still, I don't think that how a child dresses determines their entire future. Sometimes it's not that serious.

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mccovey69May. 4, 13 8:16 AM

I was in college in the early 1970s, and the women I knew were fighting sexual objectification. Young women today, especially when dressing to go out, appear to be welcoming it. If they aren't, they are sending the wrong message about themselves any way. This was a great article. Good for this mom, and I hope other moms will listen up after reading it.

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jdlellis1May. 4, 13 8:19 AM

Let's look at two educated, classy and sharp dressers. President Obama and Condeleza Rice. While there is no one size fits all solution to navigating through life in search of success (however one wishes to define success), these are two people to emulate. Conversely, with People magazine being the most widely read magazine, many youth aspire to Kardazian, Fity Cent, Beyonce, Charlie Sheen, etc. Then we wonder why we have problems in society with a growing underclass. The haves and the have nots will have more to do with those emulating Obama and Rice. One final thought, those who preach at the alter of boy/girl equality, consider the fact that no matter how poor boys behave, they cannot get pregnant. Thus the consequences of seductive behavior will never be equal.

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jakematlockMay. 4, 13 8:29 AM

While I agree with the author's sentiment, the single statement: "Dress your daughter as the treasure she is." highlights that the author's point of view is tainted by the same cultural attitudes that lead to the objectionable ends.

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steveg2911May. 4, 13 9:25 AM

I couldn't agree more with Dawn Quigley. You go girl! More parents need to draw on their courage rather than convenience to stand against the exploitation of their daughters, even though their daughters may not see the issue so clearly. Honestly, when did it become so fashionable to aspire to look like a stripper on her way to work to wrap herself around a pole, instead of aspiring to change the world?

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