I have it on good authority that booty shorts are being worn in the public schools. Someone close to me (in middle school) who must remain anonymous for this feature, spent time talking about warm weather and booty shorts. “What,” may I ask (knowing full-well the answer) “are booty shorts?” His answer: “really short shorts that the girls wear to school.” Hmmm … “How did you come up with the name booty shorts?” His response: “Everyone calls them that.”
… so I googled booty shorts and found several links highlighting stripper shorts and dancer shorts. Nowhere did I find a link about middle-school age girls. And now I am back to one of the key questions I ponder when speaking of fashion … what is age appropriate dressing? And I don’t ask the question lightly nor do I confine it to midde-school age girls. At 52 it is something I need to question every day. How about the length of the shorts and skirts I wear? And other things like the fit of my t-shirts and sweaters.
But I do think it is worth asking yourself. And certainly discussing if you have teenagers or even younger kids. It’s much easier for me – I have only boys. This same source told me that the only really inappropriate thing he sees the boys wearing to school are the low-fitted loose jeans where the back pockets hit below the tush. And not all the guys are wearing those.
And then, almost as a follow-up to this discussion I happened to tune into Good Morning America last Friday to see rapper, songwriter and record producer Pitbull perform some of his hits, celebrating the GMA Summer Concert Series. He had a group of female dancers performing with him, wearing what can only be described as booty shorts! And then I knew … what chance do our young girls have when they are bombarded with these images? And how hard has it become for the mothers of these young girls? Come on – let’s ask the question!
What do you think?