This probably won’t come as a surprise to you if you have daughters at home, but a new study has found that much of the clothing sold to pre-teen girls is just a bit too—provocative.
Psychology professors Sarah Murnen and Linda Smolak at Kenyon College say that nearly a third of pre-teen girls' clothing is sexualized. They found that the fashions marketed to pre-teen girls are either revealing, have a sensual print, or emphasize certain body parts.
The researchers' conclusions were based on looking at over 5,000 items of clothing from 15 popular clothes merchants.
In a separate study, Dr. Murnen found that girls who wear more revealing clothing are at greater risk for body image problems. They're also perceived as less intelligent and less moral.
If you’re the parent of a pre-teen girl, it can be a real challenge to convince your daughter to dress modestly when none of her friends do. But there are alternatives that are fashionable as well as modest.
A great resource is the ministry Pure Freedom, headed up by my friend Dannah Gresh. Dannah’s mission is to help parents teach their kids about modesty and purity. She even sponsors “Truth or Bare” fashion shows for mothers and daughters. You can learn more about Dannah’s ministry at purefreedom.org
Ephesians 5:3 challenges followers of Christ to avoid even a hint of sexual immorality or impurity. When your daughter feels pressure from the media or her peers to dress provocatively, encourage her to stand strong and to ask God to help her set a higher standard.
I’m Bill Maier for family-friendly, commercial free, WBCL.