It’s not that I don’t like the way they look. In fact, they’re pretty cute. I’m just turned off by the idea of marketing “skinny” jeans to little girls. I realize that the term refers to the style (slim-fit pants with a snug fit through the legs and a small leg opening) rather than the body type (since they’re made in all sizes). But still, I don’t want my girls thinking that “skinny” is a positive attribute.
Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but when I googled “skinny jeans,” an ad for an anorexia treatment center popped up.
I’m not sure if it’s possible to raise girls without any sort of hang-ups about food and their bodies. I’m doing my best to teach my daughters body acceptance — whatever size they are.
As an adolescence, I was average weight, but developed the warped idea that I was fat. I’m not going to blame my issues entirely on the media, but certainly, advertising played a role in creating my “thin” ideal.
There’s no way I can entirely shield my daughters from the media. Instead, I do my best to educate them about images they see in magazines, billboards and on TV.
For instance, when Jesse, my 8-year-old daughter recently remarked on an ad for Old Navy’s “Super Skinny” jeans, I told her, “Skinny generally means too thin. It’s better to be healthy and strong.” I’m fine buying her the jeans as long as they didn’t have “Super Skinny” embroidered into the waistband.
I’m not the only one who feels this way.
Blogger Mom Finds recently posed the question, “Do Super Skinny Girls’ Jeans Encourage Eating Disorders?” Again, it’s not the style that disturbs her. It’s the “Super Skinny” label. She writes:
I get that super skinny references the style of the jeans, but you can’t help but wonder what little girls will think every time they slip these jeans on.
Now don’t get me wrong-I love skinny jeans, especially on little girls because they can pull them off. But should we be calling them something else for impressionable young girls who already have enough pressure to be thin?
Clearly, Mom Finds doesn’t have a huge problem with the jeans since she sells them on her site. I do like her suggestion that they should be called “Super Cute” rather than “Super Skinny.”
What do you think? Is the “Super Skinny” label inappropriate for young girls?