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Old 5th May 2010, 07:15 PM   #1
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Candies and Kohls - G-Strings for preteen girls?

http://blog.pigtailpals.com/2010/05/...-for-preteens/
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When I challenged Candie’s about marketing sexy panties to young girls, a rep from Candie’s left a comment on my blog, then sent me a message on Twitter, then sent me an email, all with contradictory or absent contact info and three different age ranges as to who is Candie’s demographic. First it was 16-21 years old. But their own website says 7-16 and Juniors. Then an email response said 18-24 years old. Which is it, Candie’s? The print ads run in teen magazines, arguably read by girls far younger than the 18 years they claim to market to. I don’t know how many 24 year olds wear training bras. Even if their market is 16-21 years old like written by a Candie’s rep on my blog, wouldn’t the promotion on Twitter of Britney Spear’s song “Three”, an ode threesomes, be inappropriate? Especially considering a 16 year old participating in a threesome, aside from being illegal, would have more chances of getting pregnant, not something Candie’s is trying to promote with their Candie’s Foundation against teen pregnancy.
I continued to press for answers, and was directed to Kohl’s. Fine. So I email Kohl’s, and get a corporate sounding response from an Assistant Manager in the Correspondence Department. I was told “the Candie’s brand is meant to be stylish and invoke self-confidence” and the other brands are carried to appeal to different tastes. I found this incredibly stupid for three reasons.
  • I don’t care if grown women (18 years+) are wearing thongs. I don’t give a hoot. My concern that the thongs were being merchandised to young teen/tween girls was not addressed.
  • Just because other brands are offered does not negate the wrong-doing of the brand over here. I’m not going to shift focus from the problem. Pump fake.
  • Candie’s may be considered stylish by some. But ‘invoke self-confidence’? Hypersexualization does not invoke self-confident girls. It creates confused girls and endangered girls.
I was invited to call with further questions. I had a lot of further questions. So I called and spoke with this same Assistant Manager in the Correspondence Department. I got the overall impression that one) Kohl’s should have given me someone higher up to speak to, and two) they seem seriously confused on what builds self-confidence in young women. Most of the same verbage from the email was regurgitated during the phone call. I questioned Kohl’s embracing a brand like Candie’s who uses overtly sexual marketing to capture the attention of young girls. I asked about the proximity of the sexy panties to the training bras and the Juniors section. I asked how this was meant to empower a young girl?
Here’s what I got, from the corporate representative who was handling my escalated customer service complaint and was told she was on the record:
  • “We offer other choices of brands and styles.”
  • “Candie’s will continue to be an exclusive brand for us. It does well for us.”
  • “We implement changes based on customer feedback.”
  • “I agree with you, and you can always vote with your money.”
  • “Bottom line: it sells”
Bottom line, it sells. Bottom line, it sells?!? The bottom line is this doesn’t sell with me. Hell no.


Snippity doo da

I am not down with the g-strings for preteens. They're associated with things that preteens don't need to be messing with yet. It just seems creepy. And that last argument is stupid. I'm sure child porn would sell, bottom line - but that doesn't mean it should be sold.


Am I comparing preteen g-strings with porn? Well, they aren't using preteens in the g-string ads or pics, are they. Why might that be, I wonder.....
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Old 5th May 2010, 07:44 PM   #2
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I have trouble figuring out why they are even wearing thong underwear.
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Old 5th May 2010, 08:37 PM   #3
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Holy cats, that's repugnant.
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Old 5th May 2010, 09:30 PM   #4
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I wonder why they call them "G" String. I could speculate a hunch but it would raise the already high creepy factor in this thread.
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Old 5th May 2010, 09:34 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Dorian Gray View Post
http://blog.pigtailpals.com/2010/05/...-for-preteens/

Am I comparing preteen g-strings with porn? Well, they aren't using preteens in the g-string ads or pics, are they. Why might that be, I wonder.....
I've heard one reason for wearing G-strings is that other forms of underpants leave telltales of their presence in the seats of girl's (and women's) pants which can cause embarrassment. Teen and tweens, especially females, are very prone to thinking about their external image, and can worry about things like underwear outlines being seen through their jeans. That problem is so for form fitting and not form fitting pants and even skirts. Now, this is just scuttlebutt that I heard in the locker room when I was in college so I don't have a link to give you.

Personally, I don't give a flying turd if the outlines of my granny panties can be seen through my sweat pants. For me, comfort blows fashion out of the water six days of the week and three times on Sunday.
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Old 5th May 2010, 10:05 PM   #6
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What exactly is the fuss about? Is this kind of like the Superbowl nipple thing?
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Old 6th May 2010, 04:29 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Nosi View Post
I've heard one reason for wearing G-strings is that other forms of underpants leave telltales of their presence in the seats of girl's (and women's) pants which can cause embarrassment. Teen and tweens, especially females, are very prone to thinking about their external image, and can worry about things like underwear outlines being seen through their jeans. That problem is so for form fitting and not form fitting pants and even skirts. Now, this is just scuttlebutt that I heard in the locker room when I was in college so I don't have a link to give you.

Personally, I don't give a flying turd if the outlines of my granny panties can be seen through my sweat pants. For me, comfort blows fashion out of the water six days of the week and three times on Sunday.
Surely VPL is not a problem if you wear skirt and petticoat I would have thought. However when wearing low-rise jeans, even a thong is often visible. In any case I don't think modern females are quite as embarrassed as previous generations about their body image, given the number of muffin-tops you see these days.
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Old 6th May 2010, 04:39 AM   #8
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what is the issue here?
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Old 6th May 2010, 04:45 AM   #9
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No you're right children need to go through a period of innocence so that they can develope in a normal manner. G-strings are for grown girls. If I had a daughter of any age and if she lived under my roof she wouldn't be wearing a G-string anything.
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Old 6th May 2010, 04:49 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by Nosi View Post
I've heard one reason for wearing G-strings is that other forms of underpants leave telltales of their presence in the seats of girl's (and women's) pants which can cause embarrassment. Teen and tweens, especially females, are very prone to thinking about their external image, and can worry about things like underwear outlines being seen through their jeans. That problem is so for form fitting and not form fitting pants and even skirts. Now, this is just scuttlebutt that I heard in the locker room when I was in college so I don't have a link to give you.

Personally, I don't give a flying turd if the outlines of my granny panties can be seen through my sweat pants. For me, comfort blows fashion out of the water six days of the week and three times on Sunday.
It is interesting if that were true, because girls have the exact opposite idea of bras. They can't wait to start wearing one, because everyone else does. Perhaps it is the idea that all their friends with the lax parents are letting them wear thong underwear, so they want to also, and it isn't an external or self image thing.

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what is the issue here?
The discussion seems to be whether or not you would let your 7 year old daughter wear the underwear pictured in the link. Well?

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The discussion seems to be whether or not you would let your 7 year old daughter wear the underwear pictured in the link. Well?
mmh i dunno.
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Old 6th May 2010, 05:06 AM   #12
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No you're right children need to go through a period of innocence so that they can develope in a normal manner. G-strings are for grown girls. If I had a daughter of any age and if she lived under my roof she wouldn't be wearing a G-string anything.
"Daddy, what are you doing in my underwear drawer?"

"I'm just trying to get my hands on your G-string panties."
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Old 6th May 2010, 05:17 AM   #13
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On the one hand, this does sound kind of creepy.

On the other hand, people are going bananas over what type of underwear children wear these days.


So unless I am missing something important (for example, evidence that this is damaging in some way), this reads like just another case of old fashioned people going "Somebody think of the children!!!" which doesn't really sell with me.
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Old 6th May 2010, 05:23 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by Dorian Gray View Post
http://blog.pigtailpals.com/2010/05/...-for-preteens/

I am not down with the g-strings for preteens. They're associated with things that preteens don't need to be messing with yet. It just seems creepy. And that last argument is stupid. I'm sure child porn would sell, bottom line - but that doesn't mean it should be sold.


Am I comparing preteen g-strings with porn? Well, they aren't using preteens in the g-string ads or pics, are they. Why might that be, I wonder.....

I'm more disturbed you're reading a blog called "pigtailpals" than by anything Kohl's is selling.
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Originally Posted by Sophronius View Post
On the one hand, this does sound kind of creepy.

On the other hand, people are going bananas over what type of underwear children wear these days.


So unless I am missing something important (for example, evidence that this is damaging in some way), this reads like just another case of old fashioned people going "Somebody think of the children!!!" which doesn't really sell with me.
I agree with you, Sophronius.

They're wearing G-Strings, so what? It's still a pre-teen in underwear. I remember running around without underwear as a pre-teen just because it was comfortable.

Sorry, to me, if someone is outraged by having a pre-teen wear a G-String then the outraged person is guilty of seeing the child in a sexual way, and further, trying to get other people to see children in G-Strings in a sexual way.
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So unless I am missing something important (for example, evidence that this is damaging in some way), this reads like just another case of old fashioned people going "Somebody think of the children!!!" which doesn't really sell with me.
I might tend to agree with you but did you read the blog article linked in the OP ?

I really don't like the idea of targeting pre-teens with a a slutty Britney Spears ..


I find it pretty creepy ..
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Old 6th May 2010, 05:35 AM   #17
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I agree with you, Sophronius.

They're wearing G-Strings, so what? It's still a pre-teen in underwear. I remember running around without underwear as a pre-teen just because it was comfortable.
Aye. It seems likely that they are just doing it to be 'cool', or to be provocative. (clearly it works)

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Sorry, to me, if someone is outraged by having a pre-teen wear a G-String then the outraged person is guilty of seeing the child in a sexual way, and further, trying to get other people to see children in G-Strings in a sexual way.
Well, I wouldn't go that far. Rather, that person is guilty of being overly paranoid regarding the safety of their children (I blame parental instinct and fox news)

Ie, the kind of person who thinks that if a grownup talks to a random kid on the street then clearly he must be a pedophile.


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I might tend to agree with you but did you read the blog article linked in the OP ?

I really don't like the idea of targeting pre-teens with a a slutty Britney Spears ..
Yep, I read some of it, but I'm not really buying it. There's plenty of grownups that think Britney spears with a teddy bear is sexy, so the idea that this is marketed to children lacks substance.

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Well I guess this is where parenting comes in, idn't it?
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Old 6th May 2010, 06:02 AM   #19
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Bottom line: it sells

I wonder if that pun was deliberate.

My wife frequently checked my daughter's underwear drawer when she was preteen to teenager, and more than once had less than joyful conversations about:

What is this thong doing in your drawer?
Where did you buy it and why?
What makes you think this is a good idea?

We both had much frustration with the prevalance of hip hugger and low, low, low cut jeans that, IMO, were a deliberate attempt by the fashion industry to force females of any and all ages to have their (where the legs join, in the front) plucked, waxed or shaved. How far below the navel should the top of the jeans descend, I wondered? Some of the styles seemed to think that mid thigh was about right. Finding jeans that weren't trampy was tough.

The Missus wasn't into the tramp look, at all. Nor was I. On more than one occasion, before school, my daughter was sent up to her room to wash her face, and come down with no, or very little, make up on. I did not consider it appropriate for an 8th grader to wear war paint to school.

She eventually clued up later in high school, but someone mentioned the role of parents in this whole deal. Correct.

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Originally Posted by daenku32 View Post
"Daddy, what are you doing in my underwear drawer?"

"I'm just trying to get my hands on your G-string panties."
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I agree with you, Sophronius.

They're wearing G-Strings, so what? It's still a pre-teen in underwear. I remember running around without underwear as a pre-teen just because it was comfortable.

Sorry, to me, if someone is outraged by having a pre-teen wear a G-String then the outraged person is guilty of seeing the child in a sexual way, and further, trying to get other people to see children in G-Strings in a sexual way.
What? So when a kid wears sexy underwear, it is my fault for recognizing how creepy that is? I'm sexualizing the kid?
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1) I think it's fairly normal that a girl would like to wear the same stuff as Mommy. If Mommy's wearing thongs, as everyday clothing (which some women do), why not the daughter?

2) I once dated a tiny Chinese woman. She was in her thirties, but so small that she was often forced to buy children's clothing. She would have been extremely happy with such offerings.
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See this is the problem of letting girls wear pants. They should not be allowed anything as highly sexual as pants, they are just too slutty for properly raised girls.
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Lets talk about something else, what is an appropriate swimming suit for a say 8 year old girl? Most people would think a bikini is way to sexy for that age, and would instead say that they need one that covers most of their torso. Why is this? There is no practical reason for them to wear different swimming suits than little boys until they start to develop breasts at the least.

So is the idea that little girls need some top more revolting than the idea of a bikini on an 8 year old? Which view sexualizes them more?
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It is interesting if that were true, because girls have the exact opposite idea of bras. They can't wait to start wearing one, because everyone else does.
They want to wear bras because that's what big girls do. I suspect the same is true when it comes to thongs.

I don't really care what little girls wear under their trousers or skirts. It's none of my business and it doesn't hurt anyone.
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Seems like just another day at Reactionary Mall on Knee Jerk Street.

I couldn't tell you and don't give a toss what kind of underwear your average preteen is wearing. How the hell could I possibly know?
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I've heard one reason for wearing G-strings is that other forms of underpants leave telltales of their presence in the seats of girl's (and women's) pants which can cause embarrassment. Teen and tweens, especially females, are very prone to thinking about their external image, and can worry about things like underwear outlines being seen through their jeans. That problem is so for form fitting and not form fitting pants and even skirts. Now, this is just scuttlebutt that I heard in the locker room when I was in college so I don't have a link to give you.

Personally, I don't give a flying turd if the outlines of my granny panties can be seen through my sweat pants. For me, comfort blows fashion out of the water six days of the week and three times on Sunday.
This is why I started wearing thongs, had nothing to do with being sexy, that wasn't even on my mind. I just was embarassed at the underwear lines. Also although thongs can still show above jeans, non thongs have much more of a tendency of riding up above the pant line. I started wearing them pretty young (way younger than sex having time) and so did several of my girl friends.

*warning, icky girl talk ahead*

Another great thing about thongs is that they have less surface area and are a tighter fit.When I have my period and am wearing pads or a tampon with panty liner, and wear full sized underwear, it is harder for the pad/panty liner to stay in place and to prevent leakage than with a thong (so long as the thong of course isn't TOO small so that the pad/panty liner can't be easily kept in place).

I would buy them for my pre teen daughter (not that I have one yet), though I would definitely go for something plain and cotton as opposed to anything lacy/racy.
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Regardless of the validity of the argument, this writer lost all credibility with me when she asserted there was something inappropriate about Brittany Spears holding a teddy bear. It's the same mentality that wants to ban the video games and comics that I play and read because "only kids play video games and read comic books".
Further, she's from Wisconsin and is trying apply her backwards hicksville values to Southern California. What 7 year old girls are wearing under their jeans are of no concern to anyone! It is called underwear for a reason.
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Further, she's from Wisconsin and is trying apply her backwards hicksville values to Southern California.
You might be surprised at how liberal Wisconsin is ... check out the University's battle with the ROTC over homosexuality in uniform ...
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Agreed.

For Schrodinger's Cat: thanks for that info on practicality. Was unaware of the utility in that feature of underwear.

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Old 6th May 2010, 09:19 AM   #30
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I've got 2 grown daughters, so may not be impartial. I find it creepy. Oddly enough, I'm fine with nudity. But the junior skank-ho look makes me feel like an old conservative.
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Old 6th May 2010, 09:37 AM   #31
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This is why I started wearing thongs, had nothing to do with being sexy, that wasn't even on my mind. I just was embarassed at the underwear lines............
So, you were embarrassed about underwear lines, but not about the appearance of no underwear at all ?
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Old 6th May 2010, 09:50 AM   #32
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Their mothers get a vote on what they wear.
Well, if the mother buys the underwear, sure. But if the girl buys it from her own pocket money, then I honestly don't see the problem.

And should a son get the same treatment, or are they allowed to pick their own underwear?

Sorry if I'm reading too much into this, but I just find your apparent position on this strange, especially since I normally find your posts very sensible.
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Old 6th May 2010, 10:00 AM   #33
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Well, if the mother buys the underwear, sure. But if the girl buys it from her own pocket money, then I honestly don't see the problem....
Do you have children ?

Do you feel children who have their own money, should be free to buy whatever they want, with no parental control ?
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Do you have children ?
No. If you mean this to imply that I cannot have an informed opinion on the subject, I will counter that most people get decidedly less rational when it comes to the subject of their children, especially the safety thereof. It's all instinct. Hence the reason that "think of the children" is so effective.

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Do you feel children who have their own money, should be free to buy whatever they want, with no parental control ?
Whatever they want? Far too broad a statement for me to agree with. When it comes to harmless things like their underwear? Well yes.
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Who gets to decide if it's harmless ?
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Uhm, reason?
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Uhm, parent-child relationship ?
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Originally Posted by Darth Rotor View Post
Bottom line: it sells

I wonder if that pun was deliberate.

My wife frequently checked my daughter's underwear drawer when she was preteen to teenager, and more than once had less than joyful conversations about:

What is this thong doing in your drawer?
Where did you buy it and why?
What makes you think this is a good idea?

We both had much frustration with the prevalance of hip hugger and low, low, low cut jeans that, IMO, were a deliberate attempt by the fashion industry to force females of any and all ages to have their (where the legs join, in the front) plucked, waxed or shaved. How far below the navel should the top of the jeans descend, I wondered? Some of the styles seemed to think that mid thigh was about right. Finding jeans that weren't trampy was tough.

The Missus wasn't into the tramp look, at all. Nor was I. On more than one occasion, before school, my daughter was sent up to her room to wash her face, and come down with no, or very little, make up on. I did not consider it appropriate for an 8th grader to wear war paint to school.

She eventually clued up later in high school, but someone mentioned the role of parents in this whole deal. Correct.

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Uhm, parent-child relationship ?
This is such a wonderful discussion.

Just get to your point. Do you think that allowing children to pick their own underwear is dangerous? Do you fear the corruption of moral values as a result of corporations targeting children with their marketing schemes? Do you resent my notion that parents shouldn't be overly possessive of and/or paranoid about their children? Or are you just having a knee jerk reaction to the words "children" and "lingery" being mentioned in the same sentence?

Just say it.

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My only point at this time, was your claim that it should be left up to the child if they use their own money ..

Sounds like an interesting ( and probably not unique ) approach to parenting..
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