Top 10 reasons to buy your 8 year old a padded bikini top from Abercrombie

10. There just aren't enough men leering at third graders in the world.

9. Every young girl's self-esteem should hinge on the size of her breasts.

8. It's a less expensive way to give your daughter premature breasts than hormone-fed beef

7. It would be ageist to limit cleavage to the post-pubescent.

6. All the girls are doing it in the OC.

5. She'll be a shoo-in at the Little Miss Hooters pageant (junior division).

4. It's not like it's a D Cup.

3. She still has to wait until 13 for implants.

2.  Your just jelous.

1. Maybe if she's lucky, Roman Polanski will date her.

[ht kelly wallace. And abercrombie]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If kids shouldn't be wearing them, God wouldn't make them."

3/30/11, 6:20 PM  
Blogger mymomshops said...

Brilliant. On the A&F website they have (without fanfare) removed the girls' padded bikini tops, but, fear not, you can still buy string bikini tops that are "lightly lined." Phew.

3/30/11, 6:21 PM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

"removable pad" sounds an awful lot like padded bra to me.

3/30/11, 6:24 PM  
Blogger Issas Crazy World said...

I wish you were making this up. But I've been in their store before.

3/30/11, 6:26 PM  
Anonymous Selfish Mom said...

Can I "like" Backpacking Dad's comment?

3/30/11, 6:32 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I want to like Backpacking Dads comment, too. And Selfish Moms.

3/30/11, 7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Abercrombie is taking product development advice from the American Apparel guy now?

3/30/11, 7:26 PM  
Anonymous Stasha said...

Goes with high heeled shoes, right? Surely if Suri can wear those at four...

3/30/11, 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Bevin - Kippo Kids said...

I would love to have something clever to say but all I can come up with is, Seriously?

3/30/11, 7:36 PM  
Blogger SUEB0B said...

I'm glad I didn't have kids. My heart could not take it.

3/30/11, 7:36 PM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

Laughing and crying at the same time. xo

3/30/11, 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Bren said...

My 13 year old Asperger's son heard about this and looked at me, aghast, and said "I don't know what's worse, the people who invented these or the people who let their kids wear them!"

This from a hormone factory that notices NOTHING in the outside world....doesn't that say it all?

3/30/11, 7:45 PM  
Blogger J at www.jellyjules.com said...

I'm such a prude that I wouldn't let my daughter where any kind of bikini until she was 14 and going into High School, so you can imagine my horror at this crap.

3/30/11, 7:52 PM  
Anonymous Hollywood Mom said...

I saw these last year and thought I was the only appalled parent on the planet because they were selling like hotcakes.

3/30/11, 7:53 PM  
Blogger Random Chick said...

Nice. I'll add that to my list of things to get my eight year-old daughter...along with eye liner, thongs, and a Katy Perry CD.

3/30/11, 7:59 PM  
Blogger Always Home and Uncool said...

As usual, pure reverse sexist claptrap from you and Abercrombie! Where, oh, where are the padded Speedos for little boys?

3/30/11, 8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anna from RandomHandprints.com said...

i do wonder sometimes who comes up with these ideas, and now that they are no longer on the site... what are they going to do with all those padded bikini tops - would love to see a top 10 uses for the leftover ones!

3/30/11, 8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I may be a bit naive, but I thought that "light padding" was to cover up when it is, um, cold. These types of inserts can only do so much to make one look "bigger." I would know - I am an adult "A" cup who has a 12 year old niece that is better endowed than me...
I am obviously against marketing schemes and companies that promote the idea that tweens and children should feel "sexy," but I don't think that a little padding in a bikini is the real culprit.

3/30/11, 8:19 PM  
Anonymous The Dalai Mama said...

The sad thing is-they wouldn't sell them if people (parents) weren't buying them.

3/30/11, 9:31 PM  
Anonymous MelissaLopata said...

Toddler heels, padded bathing suits for girls & diaper jeans. Who knew Toddlers & Tiaras would be such a trend setter?

3/30/11, 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Michael Katz said...

#11: You'll finally get to visit one of those fancy eating disorders treatment facilities!

3/30/11, 9:48 PM  
Anonymous Beth said...

Hysterical. BTW - my almost 12 year old just asked me to take her to Justice for a padded bikini there too. Good thing she doesn't know about Abercrombie - it's probably double the price. Either way, it just doesn't seem right.

3/30/11, 10:11 PM  
Blogger Hines-Sight said...

Beth, I chucked at your remark...about double the price. This is all very crazy!

3/30/11, 10:18 PM  
Blogger Marinka said...

OH at the kiddy pool: "they're fake and they're fabulous!"

3/30/11, 10:21 PM  
Blogger Keyona said...

Gives me the shivers! I have no other words.

3/30/11, 10:55 PM  
Blogger lonek8 said...

maybe we could bring padded bikini tops all the way down into the toddler sizes - then we wouldn't have to bother with the arm floaties.

3/30/11, 10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a 10 year old daughter who hasn't gotten word about these padded creations yet. I won't buy one for her even if she begs me.

3/30/11, 11:15 PM  
Blogger Rand and Tracy said...

Oh please let my little girl stay 4 forever.

3/30/11, 11:21 PM  
Blogger Getrealmommy said...

I posted on the same topic tonight myself. Yours of course, was better :)

3/30/11, 11:29 PM  
Blogger The Mommy Therapy said...

Hilarious. Except it's not.

Geez, I feel so inadequately prepared for my daughter's future life as a woman starting at age 5.

Can't she just stay in bubble dresses and show off the rolls in her thighs forever. Wait, I guess I'm working toward covering things up. Crap, this is going to be rough.

Thanks for the laugh!

3/31/11, 12:09 AM  
Blogger The T(w)een Factor said...

What a great way to write your thoughts :-) In Australia we have the same issues! Just horrendous!

3/31/11, 12:26 AM  
Blogger Tonya said...

Hilarious! Sad state of affairs, is it not?

3/31/11, 7:51 AM  
Anonymous Angela@BeggingTheAnswer said...

Shudder .... usually I'd just add to the snark, but this is a hot-button issue with me.

Kids in 2-piece swimsuits don't bother me too much, if it's something like a tankini or a sports-bra style top (i.e. lots of coverage, no padding, no 'cleavage' etc.) My kiddo is uber-skinny with a long torso, and most 1 piece suits don't fit her properly.

But anything that looks like something I wore while in college is just ridiculous. Puberty is full of body issues, and it pains me to think kids as young as 8 are already struggling with this.

Childhood is short enough. Why short-change it?

3/31/11, 8:15 AM  
Blogger The Ligocki Family said...

Nauseating and sad. All one can hope is that there are still some rational parents out there -- even if they seem to be in short supply.
Terrified of what my 10-month-old little girl will see 8 years from now.

3/31/11, 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Sam said...

Thanks MOM101. +1

3/31/11, 10:10 AM  
Blogger mannahattamamma.com said...

There are so many moments when I wish I had a daughter along with (er...instead of?) two sons. But then I see crap like this and breathe a sigh of relief. I will have other battles to fight but probably, as one of your commenters said, I'm not going to have to talk them out of buying a padded speedo.

3/31/11, 11:07 AM  
Blogger Kristin Craig Lai said...

unrefinedpress: To be clear, the add in the catalogue calls them "push up" so they're clearly not just trying to keep girls warm. Besides, it that's what they were worried about they wouldn't be selling bikinis they'd be one pieces.

It's easy to get angry at A&F and we should but this is part of a much bigger problem that is downright dangerous for girls. We are selling makeup and sexy clothes to prepubescent girls and then blaming them for being precocious when they get attacked (see 11-year-old gang raped in Texas)


3/31/11, 11:09 AM  
Anonymous J.Lisa said...

Okay, please understand that I am a feminist. I am a non-armpit shaving feminist. And I have to say on a practical level, I am glad they make padded bikini tops. I will actually get them for my 11 yo daughter. Not to be too graphic, but she has breast buds and they are not totally the same size, and she would be too self conscious to even wear a bathing suit if not for a little padding. A plain bikini top feels too revealing of her changing chest. I totally understand that this is not the reason for Abercrombie making these tops, and don't get me started on the images of kids they use for ads, but for this summer, she will be wearing a padded bikini top.

3/31/11, 12:22 PM  
Blogger Schmutzie said...

Oh HELL no.

3/31/11, 12:55 PM  
Blogger Danielle-Marie said...

LOL Backpacking Dad's comment should be # 2. The Roman Polanski one is definitely in the right spot! Haha!

3/31/11, 7:00 PM  
Anonymous Scott said...

Absolutely hilarious--especially number 8!

I recall an old woman telling my dad and I how she'd gotten her daughters and granddaughters to eat their oatmeal--she promised them it would make their breasts bigger!

3/31/11, 10:26 PM  
Anonymous TyKes Mom said...

My husband is always telling me how scared he is of our little girl growing up. This bikini would make him flip!

3/31/11, 10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As the mom of 8 and 9 year old girls, I am just amazed at the whole thing. Your post is brilliant and spot on!

4/1/11, 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Meagan @ The Happiest Mom said...

When I was eight--which wasn't THAT long ago--I wore those ruffly plaid shirts most days and my hair in two braids every. single. day.

I remember when the predecessor to the little girl's bikini came out, around the time I was reaching adolescence. We called it a "belly bopper" for some reason. It was basically a sports-bra-top connected at the sides to bottoms and about 5 inches of tummy showed. My mother was HORRIFIED and said she'd never get me one. It's funny to think they were so risque--and about 20 years later, look what we've got. Horrifying.

4/1/11, 12:53 PM  
Blogger clueless but hopeful mama said...

The only thing that gives me pause before jumping on your bandwagon is J.Lisa's comment. I can totally understand why a parent would buy a lined/padded swimsuit for a child in that situation.

However, I would bet my left pinky that is NOT the reason they were made by Abercrombie in the first place.

4/1/11, 2:39 PM  
Blogger Silent Coyote said...

Oh Holy Hell to the No.

Honestly, the triangle bikini tops disgust me with or without padding/push-up anything.

Newsflash: dressing little girls like grown women is gross. Also, set me up with a couple of swimshirts/rash guards so I have less wiggly child to sunscreen.

They'll only stop making them when we stop buying them...

4/2/11, 9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geez, did you also notice the striped pattern of the black and white bikini top shown in the NYDaily News article? The stripes actually curve down and out to the edge of the cups, to visually fool the eye into seeing larger breasts.

I can respect all of the counter arguments (what little girl didn't make them? hopefully to be shot down by responsible parents) but we all know that's not why they're selling these, and the pattern further proves it.

4/2/11, 4:53 PM  
Anonymous holly said...

Creepy list but the thought of Roman Polanski going after my daughter is the worst.

I'm the one who needs padded everything in my family, not my little girl. Oy.

4/2/11, 10:53 PM  
Blogger Mandy B said...

I would have loved that in the 3rd grade. I never grew my own boobs but my nips decided they needed to grow to match my child birthing hips at the age of 8. Seriously. I had huge hips and huge nips and no boobs. Anyone who has nipples knows the side effect when they get cold. Do you know how embarrassing it was to have the nursing nipples at 8 and trying to wear a swimsuit? That's the only reason I still wear a padded bra with a D cup. I don't need the headlights to be on and people to be looking.

4/12/11, 1:27 AM  

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