Why do girls wear thong underwear?

There is something absurd about a pre-pubertal girl wearing thong underwear—but I see it all the time.  After almost ten years of practice as a pediatrician, I’ve witnessed a decade of kids’ underwear trends and styles.  Sexy underwear are appearing on younger and younger girls, from Victoria’s secret satin, to thong, to fluorescent string bikinis.   Their child-like, curve-less hips aren’t made for sexy underwear.  So why do moms let their daughters wear adult-styled underwear?

I’ve heard all the arguments:

“Thong underwear are for preventing panty lines—they are functional, not meant to be sexy.”

“Pretty underwear help girls feel good about themselves.  They’re important for self-esteem.”

“She has to change for PE, and everyone sees her underwear.  She doesn’t want to wear regular cotton underwear anymore.”

“Shopping at Victoria’s secret with my kids is a great time to talk about why sex is a normal, healthy thing.”

Here’s what I think: childhood is getting shorter—our daughters are growing up too soon.  Our daughters are trying to look like grown-ups before they have grown-up bodies.  Tweens wearing sexy underwear is just another example of all the other adult trends that have worked their way into childhood.  According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, More than 326,000 18-and-unders had plastic surgery procedures in 2004 to correct something that made them self-conscious.  Kids as young as 10 and 12 go to tanning salons, in many states without parental permission.  One woman in New Jersey was arrested for bringing her six year old into a tanning device with her.  And clothing styles for girls over seven look more like ladies clothes than kid’s clothes.  Most moms I know struggle to find summer clothes for their daughters that cover their thighs.

Eventually, moms just want their daughters to fit in and feel attractive.  A girlish appearance just doesn’t seem right for a ten-year-old anymore.

Tweens and teens not only want to look like adults, they want to act like adults, too.  They are spending more time on the uncensored internet, and a growing number have their own smart phones and tablets.  According to the Pew Research Center, 37% of American youth ages 12-17 now have a smartphone, up from 23% in 2011. Close to one in four teens has a tablet device.  Tweens who aren’t allowed to watch “R” rated movies or play “Mature” or “Teen” rated video games feel left out and start begging their parents for these privileges.  What’s the difference between the uncensored internet and mature movies and video games, anyway?

Our kids’ bodies and brains aren’t keeping up with our culture.  Just as child-like hips are not ready for sexy underwear, tween brains aren’t ready for uncensored media.  The adolescent brain continues to physically change and mature until the early 20’s.  Tweens don’t have adult decision making skills, social skills, and self-control.  We can talk to our kids about sex early and open their eyes to the world while they still live under our roof, but we can’t make their bodies mature faster.

For me, the worst part is the distraught look on the dads’ faces when they see their tween’s sexy underwear peaking out from the back of their hospital gown.  Dads know—their daughters are still too young for this.

Kathleen Berchelmann, M.D. About Kathleen Berchelmann, M.D.

Kathleen M. Berchelmann, M.D., is a pediatrician at St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, director of the St. Louis Children's Hospital Social Media Team, and co-founder of the ChildrensMD hospital physician blog. Her work has been featured in print and online publications including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Chicago Tribune, and TIME magazine. She is a frequent contributor to Fox2 News STL Moms. Kathleen and her husband are raising five children.

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Comments

  1. As a mother of pre-teen girls, I of course agree with you that overtly sexy underwear/clothing is disturbing and completely unnecessary. But to say that “childhood is getting shorter” is kind of absurd. A mere century ago, there’s a good chance I would have been married by age 16. In 1950, my mother, unmarried at age 20, was considered almost an old maid. My mother in law married in 1966, at the age of 19, and was right in line with her contemporaries. Childhood got extended while I was growing up in the 1970s and 80s, when more and more people began attending four-year colleges. By the 90s, it was pretty much expected that one would move home after college rather than began a financially independent life. Childhood used to be VERY short when life expectancies were shorter, and higher education was only for the upper classes. People were done being kids the minute they threw their high school graduation cap in the air. So while I understand this does not directly relate to sexy underwear, just a few generations ago, girls were married and becoming parents at 15 or 17 years old. They were helping their own mothers with younger siblings from age 5 or 6. Their childhoods weren’t idyllic afternoons full of innocent play. They were being prepared for marriage and motherhood from the cradle.

  2. Norma, stay on topic. No one cares about when childhood started or ended 100 years ago. We know what it should be for our kids today.

    Kathleen (post author), I originally felt my skin bristle when you singled out moms for letting their daughters wear sexy clothing. Dad has just as much common sense about this too. They should be voicing their input on their sons’ and daughters’ clothing just as much as mothers. And then your last line got me. Now I’m thinking, maybe they have more common sense about this issue.

  3. Norma, you actually bring the point Dr. Kathleen makes home, as you pointed out that yes, ages ago people were married young out of necessity, but then you also point out that nowadays due to longevity, higher education etc. that age moved up to the mid twenties.
    By this standard child hood was extended, So yes! Dr. Kathleen is right, childhood again is shortened in today’s culture not out of the need for survival but unfounded vanity.

  4. Well written commentary and I agree. My daughter is 13 years old. At her age, I was wearing lingerie, full make up, and had a boyfriend I was sexual with. My mother had an ‘anything goes’ attitude towards me. I raised my daughter completely opposite to that approach, with rules, discipline and a sense of self-respect. So, when she was turning 13, I asked her what she wanted to do for her birthday, wondering if she would want to wear make up and go to the spa with her friends. Not even close. She wanted to do a volunteer project for the community with her friends and then go to a movie with her friends but “not a rated R movie” as she put it. I’m glad she’s making her own choices to be sensible and she knows what she’s comfortable with.

    Kids fulfill the expectations their parents set for them when a consistent message is given. If the expectation set is to be sexual, then parents shouldn’t be surprised when their little girls are sexual. If the expectation set is to be sensible and self-respecting, then girls will choose to be that way when they aren’t around their parents, too.

    Maybe dads in other families are more involved. In our culture, dads don’t see the girls in underwear and certainly not at the doctor’s office but I get that different cultures approach this differently. My point in saying this is that sometimes, it is only the mother’s domain and that mothers should take more responsibility in being responsible and decent and put less emphasis on what’s popular.

  5. Dear Dr. Berchelmann,
    I am a mother of two girls, a part-time law school student, and my husband and I homeschool our children. He is a stay-at-home editor, so that works out very well. I agree completely with your above letter. I am equally surprised that I cannot find clothing for my daughters that I deem as “appropriate.” The society in which we live is like a vortex towards the most carnal, base instincts in human nature. It is sad that our children cannot enjoy childhood and feel pressured into growing up too quickly. I applaud your efforts in wholesome parenting tips.
    Thank-you!
    CBW

  6. Way to be RUDE, VoR. The doctor’s statement that childhood is being shortened is NOT FACTUAL. Emotional childhood seems INFINITE in today’s society. Our concept of “childhood” is a very recent one; as I said, it’s only within the last 30 years or so that the average age of marriage and leaving our parents’ homes has gone up to the mid-20s. Girls were EXPECTED to get married right out of high school, right through the late 1960s. Boys were expected to have a full time, self-supporting JOB at the same age. The 13- and 14 year old “kids” in the 1920s, 40′s, 60′s were not playing with toys and lounging around as you presume. They were babysitting, cooking, helping to run their households; boys were apprenticed or going to work alongside their fathers. It wasn’t some idyllic dollhouse and pickup baseball game world. Childhood today has been EXTENDED and personal responsibility can be postponed INDEFINITELY in today’s American society. People sponge off their parents for college, then grad school, then move back home til they’re 35 or older. “Sexy” underwear aside, there was nothing odd whatsoever about a pair of 18 year old newlyweds a mere 40 years ago…and they’d have jobs and their own housing, I’m not talking about today’s teen mom norm where she’s living in her parents’ home while they raise the kid and she’s out dating some dude who’s not the baby’s father. People matured faster in the past because it was expected of them. I know people in their mid 40s now who’ve still never left the nest or supported themselves (perpetual grad students) because it is OKAY not to.

  7. Norma,
    The ages at which people marry have been later and younger as properity and necessity required. For instance in the late 1700′s it was common in the US for women and men to wait until their mid to late 20′s to get married. After the Civil War, the ages dipped, and then they climbed until after WWI & WWII when they dipped again. They have been climbing since. HOWEVER – a 10 year old has never in our culture been dressed as a grown woman, nor has she enjoyed the same priveleges. We are sexualizing young girls unnecessarily. Young girls were supervised, and chaperoned, and escorted. They no longer are. They are dressed like 20 year olds and it is left to men they come in contact with to determine whether they are 10 or 20. That leaves a lot to chance in my opinion.
    Sexy underwear are meant to please men, if your 10 year old isn’t in the men-pleasing business, then she hardly needs sexy underwear.

  8. Norma – to counter your point about 18 year olds being able to marry and stand on their own two feet. I agree that was the case, however inflation has outpaced earnings for years now. You can’t get a good job without a college education, and to get that you must go in to debt. Add to that the fact that starting salaries and minimum wage are a record low in comparison to cost of living and you have set a situation where you have kids who spend the first 10 years (sometimes more) paying off college debt. They can’t get a house and move out, because the bank won’t give them a loan.
    When my father bought his first house (3 beds, 2 baths, 1 acre brand new house) in 1950, he paid the equivalent of a year’s salary for it. I am 40, and just bought my first house (3 beds, 2 baths, 1 acre, 70 years old) my husband and I paid the equivalent of 4 years salary for the both of us for it. My family was thrilled we got such a good deal, and only had to move 1 hour away from mom and dad. Childhood has been extended because minimum wage and starting salaries have not increased alongside inflation. Period – no one WANTS to live in their parents’ basement.

  9. Cris Fontana says:

    Dear Dr. Berchelmann,
    Please don’t forget the boys underwear ! Recently I went shopping for my boys (10, 5 & 3 y.o.) and I didn’t like what I saw ! The Calvin Klein’s sparkling gray and citric colors briefs were no way to children. Also the pants I saw at a shop weren’t something boy-like or men-like , but very “smart-gay” thing ! The trend is far beyond “only” shortening childhood , but pushing children too early through an dubious behavior .
    And yes , children have to be children in their childhood . They have the entire life to be adults .
    :)

  10. I loved this article. You know what else prevents panty-lines, wearing age appropriate clothing on top of said panties! My daughter is only eight, but she’s always been a few sizes bigger (she’s tall) than what is considered average, so we had to move out of the 4Ts before she was even out of preschool. Once you go over to the “other side” of size 7 for girls, it’s like the designers are working toward the lowest common denominator – which is a fourteen year old trying to look sexy. THAT is bad enough on it’s own, but when the only clothes you can find for a second grader have words on the butt, we’re in trouble.

    I spend a lot of time looking at Osh Kosh and Gymboree trying to find things that are age appropriate but still let her have some glitter. I don’t mind a cute sequined pattern, like a star or heart, on a t-shirt, but NO ONE should be literally reading my small child’s behind. This needs to change. Love hearing so many reasonable parents respond.

  11. Samantha says:

    Sent from my iPad

    Begin forwarded message:

    From: Christie
    Date: March 27, 2013, 9:36:21 EDT
    To: Matt Calhoun
    Subject: Thoughts

    First of all, dads should and need to be involved in not only what their children wear but, the teaching of their daughter’s and son’s physical and emotional beauty. Dads are huge in this area and typically, we get into weird therapy issues with girls searching for their dad’s love and what not in the teen year with boys. It is not something that falls only on the mothers and if it is, then you don’t really have the right to complain. I have a 9 year old daughter and she does not dress inappropriately for her age, no sexy anything. I always ask her dad what he thinks because its important that she knows that she is beautiful for who she is and that he believes that too and that he has an input because her safety is important to him.

    With that being said, I am really commenting in response to Norma and Adarc’s convo. I find it slightly amusing that you guys are arguing different sides of the same coin and seem to not be seeing it. Norma made very good points when she said kids don’t have to grow up as fast or ever really in our society and then Adarc stated that society had made it that way with tuition and what not. That was the point. We have raised our kids to be children for forever. We rush them into adulthood as Tweens but then a lot of the time people are done parenting then. You can’t be done patenting then because that is when your kids need you the most. They may look like little adults but they are not. I remember my best friend in high school, his mom was pretty much in a drunken haze from the time he was 9 on, because she believed he was old enough to take care of himself. He never stopped functioning at that corrupted age of nine. A lot of the people I went to high school with are nine-11 year olds trapped inside late 20 something year old bodies. Let them be kids when they are kids but teach them how to be adults so when that time comes they can do it. Also, college is not an excuse to live with your parents when you are 30. I know lots of people who have and are going to college and they don’t live with their parents. If that is happening then it is a failure to launch sort of thing and the excuses will always be there. My generation has a very freeloader attitude towards life and as long as people keep giving them excuses they are going to keep manipulating the crap out of everyone. I was moved out at 18 and with the exception of ankle surgery recovery, never moved back home. I have paid my own way since I was 17. We need to teach our kids how to deal with money and how to be adults because for some reason that was completely missed with most of my generation. This in no way means we should rush them into adulthood as a tween. We need to get the two extremes together and use those 14-18 years of childhood to get them ready for adulthood, not thrust them into it at nine because we want a friend or a mini us and then stop teaching so they are a twisted and nonfunctioning child in an adult body. Lastly, adult undies should not be on little children, but to say that sexy undies is about pleasing men is not accurate either. Girls/woman should be pleasing themselves with pretty and age appropriate items and not pleasing men. That gets people into trouble, we should focus inwards and not out wards. Girls should not think that their job with undies or anything else is to please men or that they need to wear them to be pleasurable.

  12. J. Smith says:

    Thank you Dr. Berchelmann. This is an issue, and your perspective and insight is particularly relevant.

  13. Sorry Samantha-
    We’ll just have to disagree on this one. Sexy underwear are just not comfortable. I have a hard time feeling sexy, or happy in underwear that crawls up my butt or bras that push my breasts up to my nose.
    So if I were to do it, it certainly wouldn’t be for me.
    As far as wearing underpants with words scrawled across the backside, I fail to see how that could make anyone feel pretty. It is clearly there to draw attention to your behind, and for the benefit of people “reading it” (men).
    I’m pleased you were able to go to college and not have to live in your parents basement. How nice for you. I didn’t have to resort to that either, but I certainly couldn’t afford a house before now. However my nieces are literally paying off $200,000 loans for college (these were state schools, not fancy universities) and will probably be paying them off for some time given the employment market. They are putting marriage, and house buying for quite a while, because neither can afford it. I have several friends whose kids can’t afford to leave home either.

  14. I am a YMCA counselor for elementary school children ages 4 to 12, depending on the time of year. I have noticed these trends, too. My kindergarten boys have discovered the fun of cussing. Third grade boys and girls can all make jokes about sex. Fifth grade girls are obsessed with their SmartPhones and wear the type of clothing I might wear over the summer every day.
    All of these things lessen the influence I have in these kids’ lives. When I was younger I idolized anybody who was willing to give up every afternoon to spend time with me, now these kids find me annoying when I tell them to please stop making sexual puns and that it’s inappropriate.
    Childhood may have been extended in terms of when girls get married and boys get self-supporting jobs, but what happened to the happy innocence of childhood? Why are children learning cuss words before their alphabet? Why do they know more about reproductive science than their multiplication facts?
    I stay at the Y hoping to at least help one child see what else is out there.

  15. I agree completely, and can add that when my daughter was younger, she thought it was creepy to have things written on her underwear. And she was right, it IS creepy. I also find it oddly creepy that a parent would defend her child’s right to wear something someone else will be reading…anywhere near her private parts. We have a 14-year-old and it is nearly impossible to keep her dressed in clothes that don’t make her look like she’s 23. Do you know what happens to 14-year-olds who look like they’re 23? You catch them with college boys, who have no idea how old the girl is, because “she looks of age.” 14-year-olds should LOOK like they are 14. Luckily, our young one likes vintage clothes, so we can keep her covered most of the time. But defending her “right” to look older than she is, is just gross. If you could see the way men look at these little girls…I have many times yelled “she’s 11!!!” to disgusting older men–and she LOOKS young–and they are usually appropriately embarrassed. I remember what it was like to be that age. You could not imagine how many grown men (many with children!!) were trying to get with me. Many men are disgusting little creatures with one thing on their minds. Dress up your child for them, but don’t be surprised when she is hurt–and that will partly be your fault, if you teach your little one that beauty is defined by someone loving her underwear.

  16. Awesome article. I grieve over the sexualization of our children. I look at Facebook with young girls posting very provocative pictures of themselves and it wounds my heart. They are headed in the wrong direction. I agree with one of the comments that the Father needs to take the lead on this. It is so important for the Father to affirm his daughter’s worth even as he sets limits on her attire. My wife and I enjoyed our children’s journeys and the kids enjoyed it as well. Parents don’t be in a hurry to grow your kids up. They will be gone far too soon as it is.

  17. we ARE over sexualizing our children. I agree that small girls under 13 and 14 should be in age appropriate attire. I don’t have a girl (yet, we find out what this little person is in 6 weeks), but I am sure when the time comes we will deal with this particular issue. Side note, to say sexy underwear is uncomfortable is an OPINION, not a fact. To call someone out on that, saying its ONLY for pleasing men, not for comfort or for the woman, is ignorant and false. In some people’s opinion (mine included) thongs are very comfortable, almost like wearing no underwear at all, yet covering the front. Some days I prefer regular granny panties or cotton briefs (mostly when I am sick or feeling too lazy to look for something I like more) But even around the house I prefer thongs. I have no one to please. I just prefer them. I also prefer supportive bras, not the ones that let my plenty large enough breasts to sag. I do a lot of Pilates so I need a bra that is straight in the back, supportive, upthrusting to a degree and with shoulder straps that are short enough to where when i jump I dont get a black eye. Sports bras are “okay”, just not comfortable to me. To each their own. I get not wanting a child to wear sexy underwear, but do demonize it in general and say that women who wear thongs are only looking for a man’s approval? Come on ladies, lets pull in the claws eh?

  18. Also, I like finding bras and underwear that match. I am in a committed relationship, and my guy couldn’t care less if my thong or briefs or boy shorts match my bra, or if I am wearing underwear at all. The beauty of being comfortable and happy with a man, and not having to “please” him with undies. I just feel “together” when my underwear matches my bra, and even prefer that my shirt match my underwear (OCD I suppose, or just knowing that something in the world fits, having a toddler makes that seem more rare) :) My son is around all day long, so my underwear choices are not for men at all (I have to stay covered up anyway with him around, and again, my guy really doesn’t care). SOOO that means that my choice in undies is for me, not for man fishing. Try not to generalize or point fingers, especially based on personal opinions. When i was in highschool, I chose my underwear for me. no men ever saw my underwear, and if you raise your daughter to be independent and confident, she won’t care what the girls in the locker room think.

  19. I am from this young generation where wearing thongs and bright colors is cool, but I never felt pressured to look cool in my underwear because my parents didn’t buy me clothing that made me look older than I was. I could essentially purchase whatever I wanted, but the prices at VS are expensive for 1 pair of panties, ($10) I could never buy anything there. I do work at VS and I love my job. Those panty lines are being catered to College-age girls. Look at the marketing and read the signs at VS. All business corporations will always win because people will always be buying. If you have a problem with the clothing sold there, don’t take your children there. And men need to speak up if they don’t like what they see.

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  21. Aztecaloop says:

    I’m 14, and from this younger generation. I do realize how “sexualized” my generation is becoming. However, I have to disagree with some of what people are saying. Victoria’s secret said that 15-16 year olds long to be college aged “cool-kids”, but lets be realistic. What there supposed college aged women are doing sexually is what many 16-18 years olds are doing in today’s society. Therefore, that is in a sense what 13-15 year olds “long to be”. I shop at Victoria’s Secret, and buy their bras, but that’s because I’m a c cup and the majority of bras that fit me at stores such as Khols don’t give me good self-esteem, or simply don’t fit right, and VS has a larger selection. But items such as thong panties aren’t always bought for sexual reasons or for acting too big for your britches. When I ice skated we would get docked points for having pantie lines, so I wore thongs for as long as i could remember. Basically, VS has an appeal to the current generation of girls, whether or not parents like it. As parents you cannot control society, but you can control your daughter. Let her buy what you find acceptable, and let that be it. Just because VS comes out with a teen line, doesn’t mean your daughter has to buy it.

  22. and i thought we brits were repressed. wow, just, wow

  23. My mom bought me some thong underwear when I was in 4th grade. I think it came in a set with a training bra. I hated it and only wore it once. My mom doesn’t wear thongs so I don’t know why she bought those for me.

  24. lily brown says:

    I am a 13 year old girl and reading this article makes me feel really sad and disgusted. This really is happening, there are girls in my middle school that wear overly revealing lacy bras and underwear from victorias secret with words plastered across their butts. I have always worn plain cotton panties and plan to wear them for a very long time. My grandmother is very old fashioned and she says lingerie should be saved for marriage and in the bedroom and when you are old and mature enough for it….

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