Alexis de Tocqueville on Booty Shorts

Behold, the Booty Shorts

Behold, the Booty Shorts

In a recent outing with my daughter, we stopped by a high-end clothing store for teens and young adults. The clothes are much too “old” for my 6th grader who, because of her petite size, often gets mistaken for younger than her 11 years. And the clothes were very expensive as well. Nonetheless, she wanted to go in and I, wanting to support her individuality, obliged.  In addition, I figured it would be my only chance to go into such a place without having security called on me.

Aside from the painfully loud volume of the music (which was really at dance club level), two things struck me. First, all the high-school models in the photos were in various states of undress. This seemed a bit odd to me for a store that was supposed to be selling clothes. You would think you would want people to put them on, not take them off. I get it though. Sex appeal.

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