I read this today and thought to myself, bravo, another mother writes about how the beauty industry is perpetuating in our young girls, the desire for it's products. It frightens me! Referring to the 6-to 9-year old, as the "starter market?" It almost makes me sick. The issues that this presents is huge, and completely sad to me. The fact that they will not allow our girls to be girls, but forces them to be concerned about image long before they are prepared to deal with the issues it presents, is truly maddening.
And, I would agree, it starts at home. Most parents indulge the fantasy way more than I am comfortable. I've seen it, and I know from personal experience, it is difficult to say no, to the young girl who spots pink sparkling heels her size.
What to do, but to continue to talk about it, and write about it!
Check out the mom blog for more info on this article. http://themomblog.freedomblogging.com/2008/03/25/the-beauty-industry-takes-aim-at-little-girls/#comment-230