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Preteens Trading Fairy Wands for Fishnets (Halloween Costumes)
Washington Post ^ | 10/30/07 | Brigid Schulte

Posted on 10/30/2007 12:23:43 PM PDT by Huntress

Gabby Cirenza wanted to be a referee for Halloween. The outfit she liked had a micro-mini black skirt and a form-fitting black and white-striped spandex top held together with black laces running up the flesh-exposing sides. She looked admiringly at the thigh-high black go-go boots that could be bought as an accessory. And she thought the little bunny on the chest was cute.

"Absolutely not," said her mother, Cheryl. "That is so not happening."

Gabby is 11.

And the Playboy Racy Referee costume was only the latest that her mother had vetoed one pre-Halloween-crazed afternoon at Party City in Baileys Crossroads as too skimpy, too revealing, too suggestive .

Bawdy Halloween costumes, however, have become the season's hottest sellers in recent years. Not just for women, but for girls, too. And parents such as Cirenza don't like it.

Gabby eyed the Sexy Super Girl but decided against it. A friend at her Catholic school had worn that costume for a Halloween parade and pulled the already short miniskirt way up to cover her tummy. "That didn't look very good." But Gabby did like the Aqua Fairy, a vampy get-up with a black ripped-up skirt, black fishnet tights and blue bustier that comes in medium, large and preteen. A medium fits a child of 8.

No.

How about the Funky Punk Pirate Pre-Teen, with an off-the-shoulder blouse and bare midriff?

No.

Gabby pointed to the Fairy-Licious Purrrfect Kitty Pre-Teen, which, according to the package, includes a "pink and black dress with lace front bodice and sassy jagged skirt with tail. . . . Wings require some assembly."

Cheryl Cirenza shook her head in exasperated disbelief. "This is all so inappropriate. It's really disturbing."

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Interesting story about a disturbing trend. I would have liked to hear from some parents who think this stuff is appropriate for a a little girl. I don't see how they can justify it.
1 posted on 10/30/2007 12:23:44 PM PDT by Huntress
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To: Huntress

bump.


2 posted on 10/30/2007 12:25:49 PM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: Huntress

My children will not be raised to celebrate halloween so it won’t be an issue.


3 posted on 10/30/2007 12:26:09 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one BYJ movie at a time! (http://www.byj.co.kr))
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To: Sonny M

The parents who allow the child to dress like a slut or whore are not really parents in my eyes.


4 posted on 10/30/2007 12:27:01 PM PDT by DirtyPigpen
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To: DirtyPigpen
The parents who allow the child to dress like a slut or whore are not really parents in my eyes.

I could not agree more.

Though I would go a step farther and argue that what are doing is the moral equivalent of child abuse.

5 posted on 10/30/2007 12:28:22 PM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: Huntress

Given where this store is and the people I have seen in it, I’m surprised the mom actually nixed everything. Good for her.


6 posted on 10/30/2007 12:28:58 PM PDT by Hoodlum91 (I support global warming.)
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To: Tamar1973

I’ve heard of that trend, too. Why the objection to Halloween per se?


7 posted on 10/30/2007 12:29:21 PM PDT by Huntress (Those who surrender liberty for security will have neither. --- Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Huntress
"Absolutely not," said her mother, Cheryl. "That is so not happening."

I despise Valley Girl talk, especially from a so-called grownup.

8 posted on 10/30/2007 12:29:30 PM PDT by NRA1995 (Mr. President and Congress: This is OUR country and don't you forget it!)
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To: Sonny M

When I first tried opening this Washington Post article just now I got a warning from my spam filter service that it might contain pornographic material. I guess the story used enough of the buzz words to set the sensor off.

Speaks volumes, doesn’t it?


9 posted on 10/30/2007 12:30:10 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: Huntress

I too have noticed the trend to slutiness in Halloween costumes.


10 posted on 10/30/2007 12:30:21 PM PDT by JZelle
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To: Huntress
I’m probably going to miss the mark on this, but there seems to be a huge contrary message in this country. On the one hand there are all the sexual harassment laws and complaints by feminists about the objectification of females. Pushing hard against this is the “other side” which seems to want to display as much sexual image as possible in public as well as in the entertainment medium, regardless of the age of the female. The point being, is that it is not them men who are the opponents here. It is female driven.
11 posted on 10/30/2007 12:33:26 PM PDT by Enterprise (Those who "betray us" also "Betray U.S." They're called DEMOCRATS!)
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To: Huntress; tuffydoodle

Unfortunately, there are a ton of parents who will allow their kids to go out in those costumes.


12 posted on 10/30/2007 12:35:34 PM PDT by LastBoyScout80
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To: DirtyPigpen

I have already decided that if a child comes to my door dressed like this I will ask to speak to their parents, in private of course.


13 posted on 10/30/2007 12:35:55 PM PDT by Kimmers
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To: Huntress
It's not really new. Thirty-four years ago, I wanted to be Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie. I got a little harem outfit with sequins and a little vest that would have left me bare from rib cage to hipbones. I was 8.

My mom made me wear an undershirt beneath the costume and I was SO MAD!! LOL...

14 posted on 10/30/2007 12:36:11 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: Huntress

My daughter is tall for her age, so her size puts her squarely in the middle of the pre-teen slut-wear Hollowe’en costume bracket. We had a hard time finding a costume that we would let her wear. But she was fight on the same page, and thought that all the vampy stuff was “gross”.

We finally found one, and she is as cute as a button as an Eskimo Princess.


15 posted on 10/30/2007 12:39:06 PM PDT by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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To: Huntress
I’ve heard of that trend, too. Why the objection to Halloween per se?

Because, IMO, there's nothing Christian about it.

16 posted on 10/30/2007 12:39:24 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one BYJ movie at a time! (http://www.byj.co.kr))
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To: Huntress

I don’t know about you; but I am tired of seeing boobs hanging out; stomachs showing and butt cracks in public.


17 posted on 10/30/2007 12:39:58 PM PDT by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: Huntress

My wife wanted my daughters to be Disney princesses.
I wanted zombies.
We compromised.

Disney Princess Zombies ;)


18 posted on 10/30/2007 12:40:00 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Huntress

I would have suggested that they were in the wrong section of the store, except that it says pre-teen on the label. O_o

WTF?


19 posted on 10/30/2007 12:41:01 PM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: Huntress

prostitots

Madonna lives in England in an effort to shield her children from the slutty chaos she helped create


20 posted on 10/30/2007 12:41:51 PM PDT by dennisw (Four and a half acres of sovereign U.S. territory,anytime,anywhere ---- US aircraft carrier)
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To: Huntress

How sad it is that it has become socially acceptable for children to walk around dressed like sluts, and how sad it is that so many ‘Parents’ readily approve of such costumes.


21 posted on 10/30/2007 12:42:40 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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To: freekitty
I am tired of seeing boobs hanging out; stomachs showing and butt cracks in public.

I am too. I'm really going to be glad when low rise pants go out of style. I don't much like seeing them or wearing them.

22 posted on 10/30/2007 12:43:02 PM PDT by Huntress (Those who surrender liberty for security will have neither. --- Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Tamar1973
Because, IMO, there's nothing Christian about it.

Well, there's nothing Christian about bowling, do you avoid that as well? Football? Badmitton? Fourth of July?

23 posted on 10/30/2007 12:43:18 PM PDT by cspackler (There are 10 kinds of people in this world, those who understand binary and those who don't.)
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To: Tamar1973

Not just your opinion, FRiend.

It’s become a cultural event that celebrates death and the macabre. There’s nothing wholesome or edifying about it.


24 posted on 10/30/2007 12:43:44 PM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow (FR Member ItsOurTimeNow: Declared Anathema by the Council of Trent)
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To: cspackler
Well, there's nothing Christian about bowling, do you avoid that as well? Football? Badmitton? Fourth of July?

You already lost your argument with hyperbole. None of them have their orgins in pagan/occultic religion. Bowling, football, badminton, etc don't celebrate demons, vampires and death.

25 posted on 10/30/2007 12:45:02 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one BYJ movie at a time! (http://www.byj.co.kr))
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To: reagan_fanatic

*ding-dong*

Kids: “Trick or treat!”

Us: “Oh look, how cute! A pirate, Superman, and a whore!”

Perhaps some public shame is needed to correct these trends.


26 posted on 10/30/2007 12:46:03 PM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow (FR Member ItsOurTimeNow: Declared Anathema by the Council of Trent)
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To: cspackler
Well, there's nothing Christian about bowling...

Haven't you ever heard the phrase, "Blessed are the pinsetters..."?

27 posted on 10/30/2007 12:46:15 PM PDT by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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To: ItsOurTimeNow
Not just your opinion, FRiend.

I know I'm not the only one. A lot of Christian congregations organize alternatives to the death cult/halloween celebrations either as "harvest festivals" or as celebrations of "Reformation Day".

28 posted on 10/30/2007 12:47:07 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one BYJ movie at a time! (http://www.byj.co.kr))
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To: cspackler
Football?

And don't you try to tell anybody from West Texas that Jesus didn't play Football...

29 posted on 10/30/2007 12:47:17 PM PDT by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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To: Sonny M

I don’t know about preteens, but the adult women were looking alright at the party I went to on Saturday night.


30 posted on 10/30/2007 12:48:22 PM PDT by Perdogg (Elections have consequences.)
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To: Huntress
“Cheryl Cirenza shook her head in exasperated disbelief. “This is all so inappropriate. It’s really disturbing.””

I wonder if after shaking her head she kept her children in public schools.

31 posted on 10/30/2007 12:48:47 PM PDT by RavenATB
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To: Enterprise

>> On the one hand there are all the sexual harassment laws and complaints by feminists about the objectification of females. Pushing hard against this is the “other side” which seems to want to display as much sexual image as possible in public as well as in the entertainment medium, regardless of the age of the female.

Actually - I’ve often thought some of this was a backlash against feminism. Feminism denigrates female beauty, the natural female desire for a male companion, etc. Thus, feminism is so anti-feminine, and anti-sexy that girls and women have been going to the opposite extreme as a backlash.

Feminism went to one extreme, so women and girls over-emphasize their femininity and their attractiveness to men. In turn, feminists get more pissy, and more extreme. This is why feminism is increasingly radical in an age where Girls Gone Wild is increasingly popular.

As for the youth ... kids always want to grow up too fast. The problem is when parents allow it to happen.

H


32 posted on 10/30/2007 12:49:16 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor (How 'Bout Them Cowboys!!!)
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To: Enterprise
Not at all, you make an excellent point. We are not supposed to regard women as sexual objects, but if Janet Jackson wants to come into our home and expose her breast, we are supposed to accept that without complaint. Why am I surprised that liberals can hold two completely contrary ideas in their head at the same time?

Turns out Orwell was an optimist.
33 posted on 10/30/2007 12:49:48 PM PDT by Bobarian (Your NEED is not a legitimate claim upon MY productivity, thank you very little.)
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To: Enterprise

“Pushing hard against this is the “other side”...”

That’s the only mark you missed. They are the same “side”. Self-contradictory. It’s no coincidence that the most sexually “open” places in America have the most stringent harassment laws.

It’s about women having all the power related to all things “woman”.


34 posted on 10/30/2007 12:52:47 PM PDT by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: ItsOurTimeNow

*ding-dong*

Kids: “Trick or treat!”

Us: “Oh look, how cute! A pirate, Superman, and a whore!”

Hahahaha!


35 posted on 10/30/2007 12:53:41 PM PDT by 007girl ("If you're gonna go out, go out fighting." Stoney Lebby-Maddox/11 years old)
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To: Huntress

Not letting your girl dress like this is obvious to any good parent because of the number of pervs out there, not to mention if you start the kid on the road now your chances of being a grandparent the next few years rises exponentially.

But the worst part is you can dress some girls with the kind of outfits described in the article, and they look 5 or more years older than they are. Then some young guy goes out cruising for girls and ends up with more than he asked for. This happened more than once to me or my friends when we were in high school/college.

Luckily growing up in a small town someone would pretty quickly give us the heads up before it was too late. Some average Joe who’s not the least bit a perv gets his life destroyed (and some little girl knocked up) because momma thought it was OK to let her child vamp up to where she looks legal.


36 posted on 10/30/2007 12:55:30 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Fight the illegal Mexican colonizers & imperialist conquistadors! Long live the resistance!)
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To: SJSAMPLE

My daughter is going to be Hannah Montana. I thought, to make it different, we could bloody her up a bit, make her a Hannah Montana vampire or something. She wouldn’t go for it, though.


37 posted on 10/30/2007 12:55:35 PM PDT by Mrs.Liberty (Liberalism: Someone craps their pants, and we all have to wear diapers....)
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To: Sonny M

Sonny,
I was gonna say that but decided not too. I agree about the abuse part. I guess great minds think alike.


38 posted on 10/30/2007 12:55:41 PM PDT by DirtyPigpen
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To: Huntress

I don’t know why kids today just can’t go out and break windows, throw rocks at passing cars and steal smaller kids candy like we used to 50 years ago.


39 posted on 10/30/2007 12:57:09 PM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: Huntress

There may be a certain benefit to encouraging kids to classify this stuff in the same category as scarred monsters, pitchfork-wielding devils, green-faced witches with nose-warts, etc — silly get-ups you wear once a year until you outgrow trick-or-treating. It doesn’t scare me so much that young girls might dress like this on Halloween, as that many of them basically dress like this every day, often with the full approval of their parents. I can’t get very worked up about it being on the Halloween costume racks, while the school clothes racks are chock full of similar garbage year round.


40 posted on 10/30/2007 12:58:51 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Huntress

Halloween = National Dress Like a Whore Day.


41 posted on 10/30/2007 12:59:19 PM PDT by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
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To: Tamar1973

or you could look at it the OTHER way. lots of churches do a hallelujah night/ trunk or treat.
safe place for the kids to have fun, get candy and evangelise. invite your children’s schoolmates/ neighborhood kids.

Or sit out on your porch and pass out tracts, or bible verses attached to candy.

the best way to evangelise is to go where God is needed most. God didn’t give the great commission saying, “hang out in church and hope the sinners come to you” he said “go into all the world preaching the gospel.”


42 posted on 10/30/2007 1:00:17 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (Only two products have come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. Coincidence? i think not.)
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To: DirtyPigpen
The parents who allow the child to dress like a slut or whore are not really parents in my eyes.

The sad part is the sorry ass parenting that would allow a child to dress like that will probably result in her growing up to be a slut.

43 posted on 10/30/2007 1:02:49 PM PDT by oldbrowser (Democrats don't care about "the kids".)
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To: metesky

i was thinking about the old devil’s night tradition in detroit.. arson!
unfortunately, the city would probably subsidize it to get rid of some of the blight, taking all the fun from it.


44 posted on 10/30/2007 1:03:07 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (Only two products have come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. Coincidence? i think not.)
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To: freekitty

freekitty wrote:

I don’t know about you; but I am tired of seeing boobs hanging out; stomachs showing and butt cracks in public.

. . .

Okay, okay . . . Point taken. I’ll try to dress more modestly.


45 posted on 10/30/2007 1:03:21 PM PDT by RetiredArmyMajor
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To: RavenATB
“Cheryl Cirenza shook her head in exasperated disbelief. “This is all so inappropriate. It’s really disturbing.””

I wonder if after shaking her head she kept her children in public schools.

The Cirenzas are friends of mine. They are devout Catholics and their kids all attend Catholic schools. Cheryl is a fulltime mom and does a great job. Their girls all dress very modestly.

But not all Catholic school parents are as conservative. I know a few there in Alexandria who would never dream of sending their kids to public schools, but their daughters are sluts.

46 posted on 10/30/2007 1:04:12 PM PDT by Dems_R_Losers (Remember the Pentagon - - www.pentagonmemorial.net)
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To: Huntress
"This is all so inappropriate. It's really disturbing."

Because of the Samhain roots of Halloween, I am not a bit surprised at the revealing nature of costumes for Halloween. It is not a good 'helliday' to keep.

47 posted on 10/30/2007 1:04:43 PM PDT by Chili Girl
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To: gridlock
“And don’t you try to tell anybody from West Texas that Jesus didn’t play Football...”

Oh he’s a fan, I’m not saying he isn’t...but I heard he’s a Philadelphia Eagles fan.

48 posted on 10/30/2007 1:04:50 PM PDT by NYFriend
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To: Tamar1973
None of them have their orgins in pagan/occultic religion.

Then you better stay away from Christmas trees too.

49 posted on 10/30/2007 1:06:09 PM PDT by GunRunner (Thompson 2008 - Security, Unity, Prosperity)
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To: metesky

50 years ago everyone made their own costumes. Mothers, Fathers and children would be creative and use their imagination to create some pretty fantastic costumes. Now you just pick something up at the store.


50 posted on 10/30/2007 1:06:37 PM PDT by heylady
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