December 16, 2008

What Are We Doing to our Girls?

I went shopping today for my nieces and nephews.

My eldest nephew starts college in the fall. He's a tremendous athlete, a true leader, and has GREAT grades. We're expecting he'll go Ivy League in the fall, with a lot of financial assistance. His hope is to go to Med school. I got him cooking stuff for dorm life, simple things like mixing bowl, something to microwave in, store food, cutting board, etc.

My youngest nephew I bought surfer clothes. The kind we have down here are tough to get in NJ, so he's always happy with Quicksilver or something along those lines. I usually do the same for my eldest nephew, but practicality prevailed for him this year.

Its my eldest niece I struggle with every year. It should not be that hard. I think I blog this every year.

I HATE going into the girl's section. The fashion industry wants us to dress our girls like whores and the cotton they use for their tops is so thin, when wet, you could poke your tongue through them.

This year... I refused. I walked through one of the department stores and thought two things: 1) screw it and 2) Thank God I don't have girls.

I'm so sick of it... I got her a gift certificate. She can hold on to it until she finds something she likes.

I won't buy her whore clothes. I won't. She can buy them herself and since she doesn't dress whorish, she'll be able to pick through what she wants.

I hate shopping.

Posted by Boudicca at December 16, 2008 10:22 PM | TrackBack

Does all she want is clothes? Could you do jewelry, purses, music, magazine subscription, make up, books.

I'm just going through my list of past gifts for my sister.

But now, I tend to just transfer her cash. Well, at least that's what I did before this year.

Good luck

Posted by: Sissy at December 16, 2008 11:13 PM

Ummm... we're talking about ME. I have no clue about purses, jewelry, make up, and her music. :) You are confusing me for my sister, Morrigan. Heh heh heh...

Clothes are safe. She can buy her own... I was aghast.

Posted by: Bou at December 16, 2008 11:17 PM

It's been like that for years. Even when my daughter was young. I can't believe any of it sells. It's absolutely ridiculous and disgusting.

My daughter dresses very well (she's always had a talent for it that I lack AND she is shaped exactly right for clothes to drape beautifully on her)... but back when she was a young teen - it was awful.

Oddly enough adult clothes aren't that way - it's young teen girl clothes and it's enough to make a parent take up sewing!

Posted by: Teresa at December 17, 2008 12:15 AM

Jewelry is my fall back and gift cards to places like Bath and Body Works. This year I found the perfect earrings ON SALE at Coldwater Creek. I won't buy clothes for anyone!

Posted by: Lori at December 17, 2008 10:26 PM

Amen! Joyce and I feel so blessed to have had just boys. I truly pity the parents of girls these days.

Posted by: Bob at December 18, 2008 12:00 AM

Oh yeah - shopping this year has been nightmarish as far as clothes go for my girls. Fortunately Sporta wants boxy asexual clothing (better to play in and more comfortable) so I shop in the boys section for her.

My eldest though is getting clothes that I could approve of *and* that she could layer... Good grief.

Posted by: Richmond at December 18, 2008 12:03 PM

Funny... as I was buying my nephew some Star Wars Transformer thing for his birthday I was thinking how glad I am to have girls... SO much easier. Then again, they are still young!

Posted by: Jody at December 19, 2008 05:32 PM