Bikinis on young girls – why is that a problem? | Natalie Cox

Surely the problem is not Gwyneth Paltrow's bikinis for pre-teens but a social association of skin exposure with sexual availability

Everyone's favourite dieting guru and carb-botherer Gwyneth Paltrow came under fire this week, but surprisingly it wasn't for putting her children on an elimination diet (do you feed your offspring eggs, wheat or deep-water fish? Can you name a deep-water fish? No? Shame on you!) but for selling a bikini designed for pre-teen girls on her alluringly named website, Goop.

The offending article, which is the result of a collaboration between Paltrow and renowned beachwear designer Melissa Odabash, is a plain black triangle top with matching bottoms; pretty inoffensive in itself, you might wager. However, a considerable amount of people, including those at the charity Kidscape, weighed in on how offensive they found the bikinis. To quote from Kidscape's statement, it was that the swimwear contributed to the "trend

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