Saw this link to the Consumerist yesterday about Walmart offering “naughty” costumes for toddler girls, including one featured of a “naughty leopard” that looked neither naughty nor like a leopard. (Seemed more like a dance recital dress to me.)
But it just leaves me wondering what on earth people are thinking. Could they not have just written “little leopard” on the packaging? Would that sell worse for some reason without the “naughty” label?
As the mom of three girly little girls 6 and under, I know they already spend way too much time worrying about their appearances. Kayla, in particular — who just turned 3 — is quite focused on dressing up in princess costumes whenever possible and noting, “I beautiful.” (What makes me REALLY cringe is when she says, “I not beautiful,” which often comes along with tears, when a princess costume has to come off for whatever reason. It’s heartbreaking.)
And I imagine it’s only going to slide downhill from there as they age. The Halloween catalogs have already hit our mailbox, and almost everything offered for pre-teens and teenagers is terrifyingly adult.
Being a kid — boy or girl — is hard enough without adding adult ideas/pressures/anxieties to the mix. Let’s keep it clean for Halloween (and every other time), shall we?