Wednesday, September 27, 2006


In order to protect the dignity of theosebes (no comments) I'm not going to bother quoting the actual catch phrases here, but you know the t-shirts worn by teenage girls with the not quite as clever as they think they are sexually suggestive double-entendres (sometimes they don't eve bother being double). As a father of three girls I'm usually dumbfounded that any parent would let his child walk out of the house wearing them. But when the parents are asked their answers are predictable:
Her mother, Yakini Ajanaku, does not mind her daughter's T-shirts because she said Ashli wears them to be ironic. "I know she's a sweet girl, and I know that she's very conservative and is not sexually active," Ajanaku said. "Other people would probably get the wrong message, but I am pretty much like, 'Who cares what they think?' "

Ironic, nudge, nudge, wink, wink--say no more.

Joanne Wynn said her daughter's shirts are humorous. "If it's not in good taste, I don't let [her] wear it," she said....

Most parents interviewed said that they would rather not see their kids wear the racy shirts but that they sometimes give in. Rosa Pulley tried to order her daughter Keana, 17, a Gar-Field senior, to return a T-shirt that says, "yes, but not with u!" But Keana insisted. "I have to pick my battles," the mother said. "Okay, I don't like it. She's wearing it, but it could be something worse."

It could always be worse.

Wake up, parents!


Chris said...

While teaching middle school, I was constantly surprised by the things I would see on kid's shirts -- sexually suggestive and just plain rude.

What is most telling is that girls (and boys) are wearing (being allowed to wear) this stuff at younger and younger (10, 11, 12) ages with no intervention by school officials, much less by parents.


LittleA said...

It's not just the writing either. At Homecoming Friday night several of the young **females** were wearing shirts with the Playboy logo.

Parents who have to tell their kids not to wear suggestive clothing not only have lost the battle, they probably have lost the war as well. What they didn't realize is that THEY planted the seeds by allowing their children to immerse themselves in the popular "culture" when they were younger. They're shocked when the garbage that's gone in begins to come out.