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Old 07-21-2019, 04:47 PM
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I have an acquaintance on FB that posts pictures of her probably 8 year old daughter in her dance costumes all the time. The outfits are very skimpy, loads of makeup, and adult like poses. Am I the only one who thinks this is not the best idea? She gets tons of likes on her pictures, so maybe I'm the only one cringing.


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Old 07-21-2019, 05:01 PM
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No, I have an acquaintance who has a daughter about the same age and does the same thing. The outfits are incredibly skimpy and the kids have a ton of make up on. Maybe I watch too much Law and Order: SVU, but I just cringe when I see those pictures and think of all the creeps who are also seeing them.
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Old 07-21-2019, 05:05 PM
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I have noticed the same thing and I agree with you. I also struggle with some of the music choices and dance moves that these girls are dancing to. They are still kids yet are being treated like teens.

Some of our older girls at my elementary school show off their dance moves at recess and I am always saddened by the way that they already know how to move their body in suggestive ways.
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Old 07-21-2019, 05:34 PM
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I cringe when I see it too. Yes the girls look cute (in one sense) but it sets such a bad precedent. Even if they aren’t posting those photos, the fact that it’s how they dress for these dance recitals, or cheer or whatever, sets a standard for young girls such that they’re bound to hear “Oh you look so pretty!” and associate feeling pretty with skimpy outfits and makeup.

I’ve been careful with my daughter since she was little about not letting her wear short shorts or spaghetti strap tops, which is now paying off as she is getting older. She will see clothing ads and say “Mom, that shirt is kind of inappropriate” when she sees those skimpy low cut tops.
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Old 07-21-2019, 05:43 PM
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I don't care for any of that either. My niece has my two great-nieces, ages 8 and 6, involved in that too and I cringe every time I see them on FB in their little glittery outfits with all that make up!

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Old 07-21-2019, 05:45 PM
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Yup. Same page as all of you.

I know times change, but I took dance lessons and maybe wore blush a teeny tiny bit of lipstick! These are little girls out there.
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Old 07-21-2019, 05:55 PM
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I don’t mind as much but Claire are you secretly judging DDs post theater performance pictures where she’s wearing about a pound of makeup due to the theater lights??
Sometimes I get bothered but more often teenagers. Then I try to mind my own business.
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Old 07-21-2019, 05:58 PM
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Dh and Dd used to watch Toddlers and Tiaras. I just couldn’t. Dd dubbed it “prostitots.”
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Old 07-21-2019, 06:00 PM
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Girl no! My son at 17 wore full makeup, a bra, and a dress as the Queen of Hearts in that production if you remember.

I'm talking LITTLE girls inappropriately sexualized on social media.
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Old 07-21-2019, 06:04 PM
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Lolol Claire Is forgotten that. We’re in the same boat then. And I’m agreed..it’s awkward.


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Old 07-21-2019, 06:18 PM
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I have a couple Facebook friends who post those pictures. I definitely cringe. I feel like it’s the “competitive dance” ones that are the worst (I’m thinking of a 6 year old whose mom posts these all the time). Several Facebook friends also do “regular” dance pictures with tasteful/age appropriate costumes for recitals.

ETA: It’s not just the makeup. I understand that. It’s the costumes and poses.
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Old 07-21-2019, 06:22 PM
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I cringe too when people post those pictures with the make-up, skimpy clothes and suggestive poses. I almost responded to the last one saying, "Don't let them grow up too fast."
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Old 07-21-2019, 11:56 PM
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Heavy make-up is needed for performances. They just get washed out if they don't have it. I'm okay with that. But there's a fine line when it comes to costumes and choreography. Some studios are good about it, some cross that line regularly. The outfits are often no skimpier than a bathing suit (just a lot more bling!). It's the ones that have the burlesque look that really bother me.


My daughter is a competitive dancer and I have to say that I really don't like it! But she loves it, and dance has been a wonderful and safe way for her to express herself in many ways.
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Old 07-22-2019, 08:48 AM
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that believes that one should never post any photos of children even if dressed in snowsuits, let alone skimpy outfits with make up or adult like poses, to facebook, unless it is set to private and you have a very limited number of people you have friended.

Bad people, with bad motives use social media for their sick purposes.

I have found the more technologically savvy people are, and the more an individual works in the tech field the less they post on FB or any other site. They know how people with bad intents can hack, photoshop or just take and distributed innocent photos to make them something else altogether.
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Old 07-22-2019, 10:08 AM
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You are definitely not alone! Our granddaughter took dance for several years, and thankfully, her age group was not over the top. However, The older girls did fit into the category you describe.

Also, Along with the makeup, poses, etc., the music that they performed to, IMO, was also inappropriate. Maybe, I am just getting older, but was secretly happy that grand decided against dance last year. Keeping fingers crossed that she will do the same this year.
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Old 07-22-2019, 02:02 PM
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This was 20 years ago. Dance instructors were older teens who picked the "Barbie Song" for the 5 year olds dance recital. My cousin saw nothing wrong with the lyrics. The dance moves were quite suggestive.

Barbie Girl
Aqua

Hiya, Barbie
Hi, Ken!
You want to go for a ride?
Sure, Ken
Jump in
I'm a Barbie girl in a Barbie world
Life in plastic, it's fantastic
You can brush my hair, undress me everywhere
Imagination, life is your creation
Come on, Barbie, let's go party!
I'm a Barbie girl in a Barbie world
Life in plastic, it's fantastic
You can brush my hair, undress me everywhere
Imagination, life is your creation
I'm a blond bimbo girl in a fantasy world
Dress me up, make it tight, I'm your dolly
You're my doll, rock'n'roll, feel the glamour in pink
Kiss me here, touch me there, hanky panky
You can touch
You can play
If you say "I'm always yours"
I'm a Barbie girl in a Barbie world
Life in plastic, it's fantastic
You can brush my hair, undress me everywhere
Imagination, life…


ETA - My own daughter was in love with the first Shrek movie when she was about 5 or 6. I bought her the soundtrack. I didn't realize some of the songs were not for youngsters until I heard her singing at the top of her lungs, "I don't give a damn 'bout my bad reputation!" Just a little embarrassing around the grandparents and her teachers.

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