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Parents Furious Over Marketing Grown-Up Stuff to Young Girls

Parents Furious Over  Marketing Grown-Up Stuff to Young Girls
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Yes and yes. The only time I question companies are when they make g-strings or padded bathing suits for girls in elementary school. I mean, it's up to parents not to purchase those items for their young children, but I have to wonder what on earth would cause a company to think that is a good idea.

04/12/2011
AprilStreich  

"The marketing industry doesn't have your childrens' best interests at heart. They are more worried about money than your kids' mental and physical safety. Their job is to bring in money, not parent your kids. So why not let them do their job, while you continue to do yours?"

Why do you champion the marketing industry's "right" to manipulate and exploit children for financial gain? Why are you putting all of the blame on parents for buying their kid a cell phone, when the problem is so blatantly and transparently the fact that companies are allowed to market this crap to children with no regard whatsoever for, well, anything beyond their own profit? How is that justified in any way?

04/12/2011

Why do you champion the marketing industry's "right" to manipulate and exploit children for financial gain? Why are you putting all of the blame on parents for buying their kid a cell phone, when the problem is so blatantly and transparently the fact that companies are allowed to market this crap to children with no regard whatsoever for, well, anything beyond their own profit? How is that justified in any way?

What I'm championing is good parenting and personal responsibility. It's not society's responsibility to make sure your (general, not specific) children get the message you want them to receive. It's yours.

It's a hard pill to swallow, but the marketing industry didn't just spring up out of nowhere. We, as consumers, created it. Clothing companies market padded bathing suit tops and shorts with "juicy" on the ass to children because parents buy them thinking it's "cute". Until someone makes a pass at their 14-year-old, that is.

You want these companies to stop making ad campaigns for grown-up things geared toward little girls? Stop buying grown-up things for your little girls. Like cellphones, for example.

04/14/2011

You should probably actually READ Peggy's book, because she actually has research into the marketing industry to back her up. You are greatly under-estimating the influence of aggressive marketing and advertising and sexualized imagery.

Sure, parents need to be more responsible and not buy some of these things for their kids. But do you really think it's all that simple? It isn't.

I also think you should find some credible data to prove your claims that the marketing industry is no-fault here. Because I think you'll be quite surprised what you find. *Hint: it's not in your favor.*

09/09/2013

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