Increasingly, retailers are offering highly sexualized Halloween costumes for very young girls, even ones just emerging from toddler-hood. Gone are the days of baggy old clothes (hobo) or billowing sheet (ghost or KKK member). Now girls are corseted up and presented with options like “French maid.”
There is a costume marketed under different names, the most disturbing of which is “Naughty Leopard.” It’s basically a short tutu and a bustier-like top. Oh and cat ears. The target demographic is three-year-old girls.
Retailers like Wal-Mart place the blame with customers saying they want such sexualized outfits. However, a public outcry forced the retail giant to remove “Naughty Leopard” costume from the shelves. (Similar ones are sold in other stores.)
There are a myriad of problematic ramifications stemming from overtly sexualized attire for girls still in elementary school.
Such intense focus on how a young girl looks is linked to eating disorders. Girls grow into woman obsessing about their looks and objectifying themselves.
Too many females believe their value lies in external appearance. They place their entire self-worth on the superficial and not more substantive attributes.
By porning out Halloween garb, it brings at least the idea of sex into the heads of children far too young to even think about it.
Watch a news report about the “Naughty Leopard” Wal-Mart controversy here:
h/t: Truth Dig