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Editor’s take...

With May 6th quickly approaching public debates are rife and politicians are falling over themselves to support campaigns that otherwise would have never reached their ears. The big question is, if there wasn’t an impending election would this story been breaking national headlines. It was only last month that my sister discovered a photo of herself on holiday donning a plain-white-t with the slogan ‘pick me’ plastered across the chest. At first she was furious, demanding to know why our mother had allowed her to wear such a suggestive t-shirt.

“what harm can a t-shirt do”

Yet our mum simply explained that my sister had seen the top and had desperately wanted it, after all what harm can a t-shirt do anyway? The truth is that today everyone is scared. Over the years there has been increasing media attention surrounding pedophilia, so much in-fact that everyone is convinced that their must be at least one offender living on their street and as a result previously unnoticed happenings are becoming huge worries. This isn’t an issue of national importance it’s simply a result of scare mongering and political games. There is certainly a line but its ultimately the parents responsibility not to buy undesirable garments for their children. At the end of the day if we don’t buy it they won’t sell it.

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Above: Editors cousin Sierra Hunt Where do you draw the line and when does an innocent outfit such as the one below become something more sinister?

Alison Cooney, mum of three, Birmingham: “Kids need to express themselves, yes there’s boundaries and I’m not sure I’d buy my daughter a padded bikini top but I know I wore a lot worst when I was growing up.”

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