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------------------------------------------------------------ To ensure that you continue to receive Anything Goes e-mails, please add jamie@gophercentral.com to your e-mail address book. ------------------------------------------------------------ Could you pick out your bag or suitcase from a hundred others? With the Neon Green Luggage Tags you can. Two for only $2.83! http://pd.gophercentral.com/u/1064/c/186/a/25 March 28, 2011 Greetings... Whether you're a parent, a grandparent or just someone who is against children being exploited for profit, the newest tactic by Abercrombie & Fitch should disturb and enrage you... Abercrombie & Fitch's preppy style of clothing has become a favorite brand with teens and "tweens", kids between the ages of 8 and 14. That particular female age group is the target audience for their new line of bikinis that include a push-up triangle top which has thick padding to give the illusion of a larger chest... EXCUSE ME?????? What kind of parent will not only buy, but allow their "babies", and YES, an eight year old is still a baby, to wear a padded bikini top to make others think they have a "nice rack"? If a "stranger" gave this item to a little girl, he/she would be arrested on suspicion of pedophilia!!! The sexualization of teens is of concern, or should be as it is, but how on Earth can anyone justify a purchase such as this? Is the nutcase parent trying to make their kid look "sexy"? Are they already giving their daughters the notion their bodies are imperfect and leading them to a life of low self esteem? Do they think it's "cute" to have their kids parade around a public pool or beach with their other second grade friends, and yes, I said second grade given the ages this bikini is being marketed to... This bikini is part of the Abercrombie Kids summer collection and is sold for $24.50. The bikini bottom sells for $19.50. What a "bargain" huh? There has been outrage at this new line, but it's highly doubtful they will discontinue selling the padded bra consdiering they sold a line of thongs in 2002 that had the words "wink wink" and "eye candy". People complained about the thongs, but they refused to recall the line which tells me the tween thongs must have sold pretty darn well... The company stated at that time that "'The underwear for young girls was created with the intent to be lighthearted and cute. Any misrepresentation of that is purely in the eye of the beholder". Really? WE'RE the perverts if we find this objectionable??? I sincerely hope there is enough of an outcry over this to hit Abercrombie & Fitch where it hurts, in the wallet... It's WAY past time for parents to take back control from their own kids and not give in to the whining and torturing that kids inevitably do when they don't get their way, but giving in to something like this is asking for trouble and why would any parent in their right mind want to risk the message that a padded, push-up bra on an 8-14 year old will give to sickos, just waiting to pounce? Anyone that would consider buying a padded, push-up bikini top for their youngster should get something padded for themself, like a padded cell! This is more than maddening, it's....sad!

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