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Old 10-14-2009, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Norwood, MN
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NEW YORK, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Some New York parents are sharply criticizing city stores for selling revealing and sexually suggestive Halloween costumes for young girls.

The parents said items for sale at Party City outlets and other stores include a "High Seas Hottie" pirate costume small enough to fit 8-year-olds, a revealing sailor outfit for girls as young as 4, a "Convict Cutie" woman-in-chains costume in sizes for young girls and a "Devil Grrrl" costume for 10- to 14-year-olds featuring red fishnet stockings, the New York Post reported Monday.

Revealing kids' costumes anger parents - UPI.com
Then dont buy them!!!!!!!!!!!! it is up to the paRENTS TO STAND UP TO THIS ---- THE ---- TRY TO SELL THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-14-2009, 03:29 PM
 
Location: somewhere
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Guess what?? They don't have to buy these costumes for their kids!! They can purchase a costume they find appropriate and that's the end of it.

Guess what else?? If some parents wouldn't allow their 8, 10,12, 14 year old daughters dress like junior skanks, then the costume companies wouldn't be making costumes like this!! The companies are only making what they believe will sell.

You took the words right out of my mouth. The companies market what their market analysis shows will sell.
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Old 10-14-2009, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Unincorporated Gwinnett
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I agree that parents don't have to buy the costumes and it's a free country and all of that, but at the same time stores don't have to stock them. If a store in my neighborhood was selling inappropriate outfits geared towards young girls I wouldn't buy them, but I'd also tell the store that I wasn't going to shop at their store anymore, as I prefer my money to go towards businesses that share my values, and those don't include dressing up 8 year olds to look like hookers.
I definitely agree. Sometimes especially if its not a big chain the owners and managers will at least hear you out without stating some "company policy". Franchisees are bound to carry and/or advertise certain things. It's a no-win but i'll take my pissed kid home any day! They only wear what we allow.
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Old 10-14-2009, 03:55 PM
 
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Please tell me that 18-year-olds are not still trick-or-treating in Texas.
They still celebrate Halloween even if they don't trick or treat. I wear a costume and I am 44.
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Old 10-14-2009, 04:07 PM
 
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I don't know but did you get a look at the IQ on this woman here:

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"If girls get used to dressing like this, they might want to become a ***** after Halloween," said Malinda Martinez, 33, a New York mother of a 6-year-old girl.
She did NOT just say that. Oh, yes she did.

Hey, don't buy them.
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Old 10-14-2009, 04:29 PM
 
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The sad part is is the fact that our society has been conditioned through years of advertising to accept the unaceptable because if it is on the shelf labeled, "for kids" it must be ok. OR they fear that their child will not fit into the mainstream with all the other kids.
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Old 10-14-2009, 05:24 PM
 
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The sad part is is the fact that our society has been conditioned through years of advertising to accept the unaceptable because if it is on the shelf labeled, "for kids" it must be ok. OR they fear that their child will not fit into the mainstream with all the other kids.
I think there's some truth to that. While there's obviously a lot of parents who will put their foot down, I think there are a lot of people who are out there who will just buy it if it's available, even if they themselves are at the same time shaking their heads and wondering what's wrong with the country. I would imagine that most of the parents who do buy this stuff aren't actively thinking "wow! this is exactly what I want my daughter to look like at Halloween!" but they buy it because it's there and they're allowing the store to do their parenting/vetting for them ("if party city sells it it must be okay, right?"). I think costume companies are creating the demand (and not reacting to a need) because they're making the same sort of stuff for adults; I don't know about the business, but I'm assuming they can just size down and make a few modifications, and it's presumably cheaper to make a kid-sized version of the adult outfit rather than spend time or money designing a kid-appropriate version.
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Old 10-14-2009, 05:29 PM
 
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I think at some point you have to recognize that there are things that lies within ones control.
Am I bothered much by a store that sells costumes that are innappropriate for children? Specifically, Party City? No. I think that if enough people decide not to purchase those outfits then they stop coming out with 'em. If they continue on then parents have to get real creative with costumes.

Just because someone or something is knocking on my door, it does not mean that I have to answer it. Halloween or no.
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Old 10-14-2009, 06:01 PM
 
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Old 10-14-2009, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Deep in the heart of Texas
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I agree that parents don't have to buy the costumes and it's a free country and all of that, but at the same time stores don't have to stock them. If a store in my neighborhood was selling inappropriate outfits geared towards young girls I wouldn't buy them, but I'd also tell the store that I wasn't going to shop at their store anymore, as I prefer my money to go towards businesses that share my values, and those don't include dressing up 8 year olds to look like hookers.

And to the poster who asked if she was going trick or treating, she is going to a party!! Yes we did go to party city, and that's just one of the stores that had $lutty costumes, low cut, too short, etc. Yes, she can wear a shirt underneath but that detracts from the costume. Like i said, she will just get her costume from the goodwill. And b/c of our values, tank tops are a no no in our household. I don't even wear sleeveless blouses, that's how conservative we are.
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