Yes, it is true. A store in Colorado that sells clothing for teens and children was selling -- GET THIS -- crotchless panties. This is not the first time that underwear for the younger female set has come under fire.
Didn't we recently hear about padded, push-up bras for pre-teen girls? And this past summer a French 'loungerie' line called Jours Apres Lunes came under fire for selling provocative undergarments for girls ages three months and older!
Keep in mind that teenagers are more susceptible than adults to acquiring STDs and teenage girls have higher rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea than any other age or sex group. So, do we really need to introduce them to crotchless panties?
Perhaps the Centers for Disease Control should have lunch with the marketers and have a meeting of the minds if not a meeting of the 'loungerie' (a lingerie-loungewear hybrid).
There is plenty of time ahead for these girls to be introduced to seductive undergarments. While they are young we must try to keep a lid on their sexuality and some panties on their bottoms.
BTW -- the Colorado store was forced to pull the crotchless panties from the shelves after hearing from outraged parents.
Barbara Greenberg and Jennifer Powell-Lunder are authors of the hit book, "Teenage as a Second Language: A Parent's Guide to Becoming Bilingual." They've set up an interactive website for parents and teens to listen, learn and discuss hot topics and daily dilemmas. You can find it at www.talkingteenage.com.