It happened again.
I took Jasmine to the little indoor kiddie pool Uptown last week. She's a water baby, so if you put her within two feet of water, she's the happiest kid ever. But that's not what I'm posting about.
I'm going to caveate this by saying, I am in no way trying to point the finger of blame or judgement, but at the same time, I'm a bit concerned. It seems every year bathing suits for little girls are getting skimpier and skimpier. And it freaks me out a bit.
While we were at the pool I just happened to glance up and see this adorable little girl. She had the most beautiful blue eyes and a head full of curly hair. And then I looked down. And had to divert my eyes because that adorable little girl was in a swim suit that looked like this:
The only difference is that it didn't have the pink ruffles. Which is actually even worse. At first I figured I was overreacting, but then I started to look around at the other reactions, and I realized it wasn't just me. Other moms had literally stopped in their tracks and were watching in horror. It was really bad. Like noticeably uncomfortable bad. Still, the mom (who was dressed remarkably similar) didn't seem to notice or care.
When we were done at the pool, as I was loading Jasmine into her carseat, I smiled at her, buckled her in, and told her if I ever caught her running around in a bathing suit that small, she would be grounded until the Simpsons finally went off air (so basically until she's like 40).
But still, that entire ride home, the only thing I could think about was that little girl. I guess as an adult it's one thing to wear what you want to wear. If you want to wear a shirt with so much cleavage that the astronauts orbiting space can see that you've got the new Infinity Bra on by Victoria's Secret, that's cool. You're an adult, you can make your own decisions and suffer the consequences, should there be any. But with babies, it makes me extremely uneasy.
We all watch the news. In the back of our minds we know that child predators are real. They exist. And they are sick. And terrifying. And another number of choice adjectives, but we can at least admit they are real. So I have to wonder, if we are aware that they are out there, why are we dolling our children up like they're grown women? Why are we forcing our children to grow up faster and faster these days? Why, just why?
How do you guys feel about this? How skimpy is too skimpy when it comes to swimsuits for our little girls? Not to single you guys out, but if you disagree, please let me know. Comments and disagreement are always welcome here. In fact, your point of view may provide another perspective that I've never considered.