Girls are taught from a very young age to sit like a lady, to cover up, be modest. They are forced to grow up much too fast and the environment only speeds up the process. When a mother found padded bras for 6-year-olds, she was enraged. She expressed her concern and anger on Facebook with pictures of the bra in question. The question of these padded bras sparked a debate. While some thought these were necessary to hide nipples, others thought it was disgusting to have such bras for toddlers, let alone those that are padded for some reason.
Angela Fellars spotted Calvin Klein and Nordstorm bras for aimed at little kids and wrote, "These are padded bras for SIX-YEAR-OLDS -- WTAF." The bras would make it look like toddlers had fully-formed breasts, which is a disturbing thing to sell. Sexualising of minors has been happening both in the shadows as well as in broad daylight, disguised as pageants and TV shows. Pedophilia is more rampant than we think and these habits do nothing but perpetuate it. In 2007, psychologists at the Federal Bureau of Prisons found that 85 percent of convicted online offenders acknowledged in therapy that they had raped or otherwise sexually abused children, reported The New York Times .
Training bras are common when kids hit puberty in their teen or pre-teen years. But the subject of the appropriate time for them to wear a bra is still undecided and most people think it's best to leave it up to them to decide. Sarah Hagarty commented on Fellar's post stating: Crazy. Sadly though the median onset of puberty has gotten much younger over the past several decades. With children getting periods as young as 10 years old, this could be a considerate product for them. As Rachael Jorgenson stated: I got my period when I was 10. I had a “training bra” when I was like 8.
Jenn Gerlach argued: Light padding keeps nipples from showing through clothing... And it just goes to show that the bodies of little kids are already being sexualized and policed. Fellars added: Calvin Klein should just change their tagline to "Telling little girls their bodies are wrong/ugly since 1968." Joey Koko , a mother of two girls, thought Fellars was overreacting and these bras were meant for "comfort and discretion" and not for adding size to their chest. As if that makes it any better for young girls to be told to hide their bodies and seek comfort under layers of clothes.
Amber Rejdych said: So many clothes are way too sexy for kids! I struggle because my eight-year-old is just shy of five ft tall. Ashley N Jason commented: I can totally understand that. It's the padding that gives them a full cup to 2 cups larger. At 11 yrs old. Makes her look like she's 15 and that when boys that are 17 are looking at her ... um nope ... not today. Scary world we already live in. It sucks these kids want to be older than they are. What happened to the age of innocence?