Demonic Store, I rebuke Thee

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Dear “Limited Too”,

I write you this letter as a heartfelt plea. Do not lure my daughter into your store. Stop putting up window displays which catch her eye. Desist in the use of spangles and dangly things.

I had occasion to look upon your storefront this weekend, while shopping for emergency “no heat” clothes. Let me make this clear, Limited Too, my daughter is a Gymboree and Hannah Andersson girl. Occasionally we see something at Children’s Place, GapKids, or Old navy that appeals to our clothing sense of fun and frivolity.

Please keep your dammed dirty ape hands off of my daughter, Limited Too. My daughter is not a small Paris Hilton wannabe, who routinely wears glitter flip-flops to events. No, Limited Too, my daughter wears Gymboree lines named “Winter Princess” and “Petite Fleur”. She does not wear tank tops with “Too Hot for You” emblazoned across her non existent bosom, or “Sweet” across her bottom.

I know, Limited Too, that she is growing tired of my clothing choices as her Mommy. I saw the way she looked at my suggestions in Gymboree on Saturday. I also saw how her eyes lit up as she spied your bounty of temptation, two stores away.

However, I must insist, Limited Too, You are not to see my daughter. She is only seven and is in no way prepared for the type of relationship you are accustomed to having. Oh, I have seen the store, with it’s racks of makeup and ultra mini skirts. I have seen the thong underwear for girls and the “barely there” bikini’s.

Spare her, Limited Too. She is too young. There are many other little girls whose mothers are perfectly content to let them tart it up, but not me. I will not stand for this, Limited Too.

And you know what, Limited Too? I’m not the only mother who feels this way. I am not above getting a mother gang together and opening a can of unholy whoop ass upon you and your ilk. You will not lead my daughter or her friends into the world of “Wild On Tara Reid”.

You’ve been warned, Limited Too. You’ve been warned. I’ve got my eye on you. And my people have excellent credit, and aren't afraid to use it elsewhere.

26 Baleful Regards:

Jenn said...

Yes! Yes! I steer my children away from the porn of Limited Too! So wrong! So Tara Reid/Paris Hilton/Lindsay Lohan it makes me want to be Amish. I'll give you ten bucks and some glitter tattoos to send that letter.

Rhonda said...

OMG! My daughter just turned 8 and we STEER CLEAR. Thongs for THEM? Good lord, teach 'em about a wedgie young. That store is TERRIBLE.

jen said...

pre-ado's are worrying about VP these days? are you kidding me? please, for the love of all thing s Good And Holy, tell me you were just being colorful about the thongs.

IzzyMom said...

I feel your pain. My daughter is only 5 and she's already swiveling her head as we walk past that den of pint-sized hoochie known as "Limited, Too" I had to go there once to get a gift card for my niece (because she will not wear anything from anywhere else and as you may have surmised, is immensely spoiled) and I knew as soon as we walked in that I had made a huge mistake bringing my daughter with me.

Jaelithe said...

Shoot, I have a boy-child, and these stores creep me out.

When I was in college, just-out-of-college, and for a while after I quit my first "real job" because I refused to participate in fraud, I worked in retail. I worked in a mall not only had a Limited Too, but also had one of those Club *cough* Little Slut *cough* oops, I mean Libby Lu places in it. We were constantly sweeping up the glitter trails left in our store by the tiny, tarted-up, make-up-and-sparkle coated girls who were dragged through in throngs by their harried mothers.

The Club Libby Lu had an enormous picture in the window of a girl who looked to be about seven years old dressed in a see-through black fishnet top, sporting a gelled, colored, glittering hair do, sharp silver nails, black eyeliner, and sparkling vamp-red lipstick.

It nearly made me vomit every time I walked past.

Sign me up for your anti-mini-slut-store Mommy posse any day.

Cindy said...

Being the mom of a boy I have to weigh in on the ganster wannabe clothing aimed at my son. He will not wear dragons with flames, cartoon Joe boxer with baggy pants and a hat on backwards wearing chains around his neck. I Refuse to buy him an oversized velour warm up suit with a crotch that reaches his knees just becuase it comes in his size. I want shorts that actually only go as far as the knee not the ankle, I want pants that fit, and little to no advertising on them.

The Gradual Gardener said...

There's more danger for young girls than just buying clothes there. A young, attractive relative of mine worked at Limited Too during high school. She's 19. She just dropped out of nursing school, and still works at Limited Too, but took a second job at V.I.P. (Very Intimate Pleasures). Neither she nor her mother see a problem with this. Keep your daughters far, far away!

Catizhere said...

It's not just The Limited Too!
We were in the Kmart to get a pack of "big girl panties" for Maggie's potty-training adventure. We strolled through the 6-12 dept just looking at umbrellas and there were feather boas and feather clipp-y things for your hair and fishnet elbow length gloves (ala a Madonna 1985 video)
KMart for crying out loud!

I'm just trying to buy some Dora the Explorer panties for my baby-girl....not have her stand on a street corner asking strange men if they need a date...

mama_tulip said...

Oh please send that letter. Puhleeeeeze. With sugar on top. I'll send you a pair of shoes?

TB said...

Dude, I wouldn't even wear their clothes. Well, I mean assuming they made them in my size. Oh, that's right they do. That store is called Bebe.

They don't even make Barbie clothes that trashy, do they? And Barbie dresses like a hooker.

Fraulein N said...

I feel skanky just walking past Limited Too. Thongs? For little girls? What is wrong with this picture?! What scares me is that there are people out there buying this kind of stuff for their daughters. Ew.

Dawn said...

Where do Limited Too designers think these girls are going that they need to wear this crap?

Hell, I like glitter as much as the next person but SHEESH! Fake arm tat shirts? WTF?

I am also not an "alarmist" but there are some sick mo-fo's in the world. I know - I read their files. All some need to encourage them is a little ultra mini and the "Daddy's Heartbreaker" T-shirt.

There are Tons of girls in these stores, many with their mothers in tow. I realize I won't be able to keep her in "Summer Calypso" Gymboree forever, but use some sense mothers of the world.

I know sexual assault on women or girls is not about their clothing -but that doesn't mean that it doesn't matter. Many young girls who experience sexual assault are primed for it for years - by family members mostly.

All right - now me and my inappropriate cleavage are stepping off of our soapboxes....

marshatm said...

I hear you.

Limited Too = Satan's Baby-Whores

Mama D said...

*shudders*
Could you please include in your letter threats to this evil store if they even think about coming to Canada. What the heck is that place? Okay, wait I looked it up on Google. Yuck. "Fun fashion for Tweens." Ick.

Lisa said...

I am so glad I have a boy right now. I'm, a bit scared to have a little girl. SOme of these clothing lines boggle my mind. Thongs for little girls? THEY ARE LITTLE GIRLS! Not little sexpots.

Mignon said...

I think Limited, Too sums up everything I hate about society. Jenn, if you're serious about the Amish thing, I'll join your colony. Except I need my zippers.

Contrary said...

My daughter is 16 and I *still* won't let her wear that kind of crap. Of course, we also won't let her go out with a boy we haven't met and we're staying firm on the no crack smoking rule. You have to draw the line somewhere!

Fight the good fight, Dawn, and if you need a good asskicker, I grew up with four brothers and I do *not* fight like a girl.

River Witch said...

stick to your feelings. Kids grow up so fast - they'll have nothing to look forward when they finally "grow up". Ask my daughter, the Gradual Gardener - I was a stickler about proper clothes to wear. And, she turned out absolutely wonderful!

Cindy said...

I agree that sexual abuse is not about what you wear...in a perfect workd. However we don't live in a perfect world, we don't live with perfect people. As corny as it sounds, years ago on &th Heaven tv show they adressed just this issue adn the mom said that in a perfect world anyone should be able to wear what they want and act how they want without fear of repercussions, but...see above..

And I am with catizhere with the KMart thing. I wanted some boy underwear, plain no frills. the Joe Boxer brand has a smiley on the front waistband with the tongue sticking out. UGH!!

And another quick story about a firend of mine whose 6 year old son did not want to walk in front of THAT store at the mall...that store being Victoria's (I don't keep anything a) Secret. Why? It made his penis feel funny!!

Nancy said...

I've tried to keep Big-A waaay away from Limited Too ever since I read in the Washington Post about 7 year olds begging their moms to buy thongs from there. I could not believe it, that they would sell thongs for pre-teens. Big-A's only 4, but she could easily be drawn in by the pink/glittery/furry crap and then be lured to the thongs... Nope. Nope. Over my dead, rotting, stinkin' body.

Li said...

perhaps a petition is in order. bless my 3 year old son who will only steal our car. my condolences.

Jess said...

Consider them added to The List.

Why does society want the little girls to walk around like wee hookers? Why?

Sugarmama said...

You nailed it, Dawn. I've been lamenting the ridiculously slutty clothing choices for my 7-year old since she was around 5 or so. We wandered into Limited, Too recently for our first look around, and thankfully she wasn't too drawn in AND was as appalled as I was at a pretty peasant skirt that cost $50! I mean, flagrant sluttiness aside, $50 for a 7-year old's skirt?! I don't think so. We buy from Hannah Andersson (on sale only) and from some of the others you mentioned, too. May I also recommend Land's End for girls' clothes as well? For as long as your girl will stand for it, that is?

Elizabeth said...

I am so glad that you Moms have already scoped out the appropriate girls' clothing stores so I don't have to. Gymboree, maybe. Old Navy and Land's End, definitely. Limited Too? Uh, no thanks.

kfk said...

Too funny. Since I'm not a mall shopper, I was unaware of the situation brewing there. Thanks for the warning.

ledge said...

i am not a mother but i've been a nanny to many and i have eight nieces ages 7 - 21. in 1989 when my oldest niece was 5, she was already worried that she was "fat." HA! i believe in freedom of speech (including expression) but i also believe in the responsiblity of setting a positive example in order to maintain a certain level of mutual respect among all peoples. i believe that part of that respect is being good to one's self and i cannot see how cramming images of irresponsible "celebrities" and their lifestyles down our youngster's throats can make for any amount of mutual respect in the world. there is absolutely no need to grow up so fast that you regret the actions of your "tweens." i will happily sign seal and deliver a message in any form to the people who run stores like Limited, Too or Club Libby Lu. seriously. i think we should act - what have we got to lose?

 
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