Controversial Abercrombie & Fitch line should be judged by consumers

Yurixhi Gutierrez and Yurixhi Gutierrez

Raunchy clothing, thongs, push up bikinis, and the release of a line of racially insensitive T-shirts all targeting children 7 to 14 years of age are being marketed by one company.

Yes, the company in questions is Abercrombie & Fitch and obviously this does not sound like the brightest idea, but it is eccentric and innovative for the U.S. marketplace.

It is not only fair, but also right to allow this trend to unfold a bit more, because at the end of the day, we as consumers have the power to choose what products sell.

Responsibility lies upon the consumer’s parents, children ranging seven to 14 years of age do not have the ability to drive themselves to the store nor do they have their own money.

It’s rather moronic that people have taken time out of their lives to protest this, as if they had absolutely nothing better to, it is plain and simple if you do not like it you do not have to buy it.

Many parents and caregivers might be concerned about pedophiles. It’s understandable and the reply to it is that a pedophile is going to look at a child with bad intentions if she is wearing a two-piece push up bikini at the beach or if she has a sweatshirt and jeans on.

Raunchy clothing does not strip a little girl from her childhood, bad parenting does; and it has been proven countless times that children learn by the example of those who surround them, but nobody seems to point that out.

Abercrombie & Fitch releasing of a line of racially insensitive T-shirts is very much offensive, just as offensive as the T-shirts with half-naked females that men wear, yet nobody is stopping them or creating online petitions against the production.

When this author was younger, if it’s parents said it could not wear something, that was the end of the discussion, so it is pointless to target the brand, because if people are still buying the clothing they must be doing something right.

Focusing on Abercrombie & Fitch is not the key, the existence of patterned bikinis and thongs targeted to kids and pre-teens do not shape who a child is, the relationship between parent and child is ultimately the strongest influence.