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Would you want your tween girl sportin' a shirt that says, "The Twins Are Quite A Handful?"

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Vivian Manning Schaffel: Hollister, the hipster tween clothing brand in many a mall near you, recently introduced a controversial new line of t-shirts that are ... well ... controversial.

Sprinkled with choice phrases like, "Legal-ish," "I *Heart* The Woody," "Save A Wave, Ride A Surfer," "What Tan Lines?" and my personal fave, "The Twins Are Quite A Handful," these tees depict the subtext of surf culture, and those who aspire toward it, as soft-core, jailbait porn.

Who wouldn't want to be young and hot? But then again, why waste precious time on subtlety? Why not just come out and say, "16 and Horny" or in the name of environmental awareness, "Save A Whale, Squeeze A Breast?"

With glistening, hairless bodies all woven together under the sun, Hollister parent brand Abercrombie & Fitch was the forerunner in using provocative means to market to tweens. They stirred the pot and did a damn good job of it. Various groups, mostly conservative, but some even consisting of their core target demographic, held the brand over fire for these practices.

Today, A&F sales figures show a marked decline. Are they hoping a little sexy action will entice the young and the hormonal into forking over their allowances for duds that advertise their "wares?"

Personally, as a teenager, I could see the fun in sporting a shirt with salty lingo, but was way too shy to sport an ad inviting action for my nether regions.

What if one of these tees were on your 12-year old daughter's back-to-school list? Would you spring for it?

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MarMar August 25, 2009, 1:32 PM

The answer to your last question would be “hell-to-tha-NO.” The first shirt, “Girls Just Wanna Have Sun”, is OK - brings to mind a girl playing outside, or in the water on the beach. But the rest of them? Not on my daughter!

Christina Gleason @ Cutest Kid Ever August 25, 2009, 2:10 PM

If I had a girl, she would be forbidden to wear shirts like this. Tweens are not emotionally ready to handle a sexual relationship, and they shouldn’t be falsely advertising what they can’t handle. Aren’t young girls already overly sexualized? Let girls be girls… not sex objects in training.

Wendi August 25, 2009, 2:45 PM

NO way!!!! And I have a 14yr old and it will NEVER be allowed!

sarah August 25, 2009, 2:59 PM

i think the twins one is funny 2 lol

Angela Speed August 25, 2009, 4:33 PM

This is totally great!

SPK August 25, 2009, 5:53 PM

what are these? duh! they are t-shirts! relax, they are just t-shirts. there are clothing that are alot worse than these. just because say a 16 year old girl wears any one of these shirts doesnt mean anything. its not like a girl wearing a t-shirt with a sexually suggestive shirt means she is going to put out.
it should also be mentioned that just because a girl does NOT wear one of these t-shirts that she is NOT putting out. parents would be SHOCKED at what teenagers are doing sexually regardless of the type of clothing they are wearing.. or in some cases, not wearing.

john August 25, 2009, 10:08 PM

SPK- sure teenagers do things regardless of what they are wearing, but if you condone them dressing sexually or them making light of it, they will make light of sexual activities and will do more than they would if you said no.

and tweens are not 16. tweens are 11 to 13 years old

Ginny August 25, 2009, 10:21 PM

Nope, wouldn’t allow it. No way, couldn’t do it. I’m pretty easy with clothes, but no this is to much for tween or even a teen.

kk17 August 25, 2009, 11:32 PM

I’m 17 and whether my parents would let me wear it or not, I think shirts like this are completely idiotic. Unfortunately there are plenty of girls that I see, that wear shirts like this and they are around 11- 15 years old. Tv is a bad enough influence on us. But now we have to worry about clothing too??

Uly August 26, 2009, 11:59 AM

Lemme put it this way: I wouldn’t ban shirts like this for the simple reason that I wouldn’t *buy* them. So long as it’s my money, I get to spend it as I see fit.

the mama hood August 26, 2009, 12:56 PM

Just another way for media, or big companies to put more sexual innuendo into our kids. They are predators of a different kind and they are seeking to destroy the innocence of our children. I am so glad I don’t shop there and I most likely won’t!

Monica August 26, 2009, 7:00 PM

SPK, do you know how many predators are out there that if they see a girl with a sexually suggestive t-shirt would attempt or just down right snatch your daughter up and rape her. What world are you living in? There are perverts that like to see little toddlers in bikinis. Wear a sexual platitude on your shirt and they immediately assume that if it says she likes the woody then she likes a woody. Perverts aren’t going to analyze whether or not she means its. They don’t think rational. A study has already shown that when men see women wear sexually suggestive clothing that they view them as objects. Unless…. you are a pervert? Like John said if you allow them to use or wear sexually suggestive items of clothing then they will careless about taking you seriously and do what they want even more so.

SesshoumarusGirl August 26, 2009, 7:24 PM


Any parent that WOULD let their daughter wear shirts like these, are the kind that shouldn’t be having kids to begin with.

Even as an ADULT I wouldn’t wear crap like this!

Sara August 27, 2009, 11:36 AM

I wouldn’t have a problem with them as long as the wearer is 18+. However, Hollister’s target demographic is 14-17 (even though it certainly attracts shoppers older than that). These shirts would be more appropriate for its sister store Abercrombie & Fitch, which targets those 18-22. Hollister has always been a bit risque, but how far is too far?

Rhonda August 28, 2009, 12:34 PM

I would not let neither of my girls wear these. The one with Girls just wanna have sun is fine, but no way on the others.

Laura August 31, 2009, 1:14 PM

My 11 year old would not be allowed to wear these (other than possibly the first one). I’m quite sure I won’t bend on that while she’s a tween, or 14 or 15. I’m not ready to commit to my reaction when she’s 16.

I hope she won’t want to wear one. We’d have to talk about it, and the prospect of having that conversation might be enough to discourage her :-).

My goal is to raise her so she can make these decisions for herself, so at some point, I’ll need to trust her with them. Maybe it is better to do so while she’s still at home…

Alyssa September 1, 2009, 4:06 PM

I have the “What Tan Lines?” shirt. My mom doesn’t relize what it means. She hasn’t even seen me wear it.

Joey September 3, 2009, 6:14 PM

NO NO NO! your missing the damn point. The companies are not the predators its the teenagers and the parents who do not instill morals on their kids at a young age that you do not want to look like a trash bag.

14andstfu November 11, 2009, 3:16 PM

Haha im 14 Id so wear those and my mom said they’re funny so yeah stfu

ANGEL-TWEEN February 10, 2010, 1:13 PM

Hey guys, im a 12 years old almost 13. I see alot of kids at my school wearing t-shirts, but non as inapropriate as those. unless they are one of those freaks! i like the first one though cause i like the beach , whats so bad about the. but the others are weird. i would wear one that is like the one that says im a txt-aholic. but non that say i have twins. i dont get it. so there is something for you to think a bout. i normally wear blue jeans(not skinny,hate those) and mabye a simple tee shirt i got from visiting a place. i like aeorpostale.they have good clothing. hope this gives you a point of veiw comment. lol :) peeaaccee

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