I was appalled this past weekend when my family and I went to the Iron County Fair. To my amazement, there was a large amount of 11 to 16-year-old girls that had barely any clothes on. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, especially when I watched them run up to their parents. Regardless of the fact that it was a chilly, windy evening, they still had on booty shorts and halter tops. The thought of my father came into my head and I remembered when I was a girl. The difference was I never would have left the house dressed that way. My father never allowed it because he had too much respect for the woman I would become and he made sure I felt the same way.
So why has the mentality of parents changed so drastically into this future where clothes no longer matter? I have great concern for future generations and the freedom they have but do not understand.
After going to the fair, I noticed this trend continuing in other places that I frequently visit; the grocery store, the park, the movies and school. Trying to comprehend this disgusting fashion, I noticed my husband’s reaction. He has been walking around with his head dropped so his eyes never rose above knee level. When I asked him why he was doing this, he replied, “These little girls have barely anything on. It makes me feel like I wandered into the middle school girls locker room so I just look where they don’t exist.” After hearing this, I asked a few other men how they felt about the situation and all responses were the same; they felt bad about themselves to accidentally even see these girls and the way they are dressed.
With all the power women have come to obtain, it’s appalling these young girls still don’t feel the need to respect themselves. I just cannot grasp how these girls can possibly be getting away with wearing these demeaning outfits. Parents should be showing their children how to respect themselves and others. I fear for my son now that he has started school. I don’t know how he will concentrate with little girls next to him practically naked. Our family values are deteriorating and I am not sure how to get them back. I am sad and angry at some other parents for not instilling important life values in their children as I have. As my father would say, “No one will ever respect you unless you show them they need to.”
Melanie Ulp is the opinion editor for the University Journal. She can be reached at email@example.com.