O.K., since when do booty shorts and pig tails go together? I did a little retail scanning today in search of a couple of things I needed for my daughter, and while I was in the store, I noticed that there were no shorts any longer than the cheek of the booty! My daughters are 11 and 12, and this was one of those “tween” specialty stores where, if you’re 21 and still buying clothes there, well..it’s time to move on, know what I mean? So, why would there be shorts in there that could nearly get a grown woman arrested?? I am actually a bit conflicted on this, to tell the truth. One half of me says, “Heck, on a girl that young, they’re just freakin’ cute and what harm does it do? Plus, it’s something they can ‘get away with’ while they’re young and it’s still just ‘cute.’” The other half of me says, “Yeah, but they are at the age of hormones and boys, and <insert gag sound> what if it caused grown men to look at their little hineys??!!” Well, I also think, “What else are they gonna wear? That’s all that’s out these days! But I don’t want to be held hostage by my culture, by a bunch of retailers who don’t know the first thing about parenting, about bringing up girls…I don’t WANT my daughter lookin’ like she’s on the payroll at the Nair company doin’ a “take 3″ for the latest commercial. I mean, I even saw some “little girl” booty shorts the other day that were called “shorty shorts,” as if adding the cute little “y” to the end made it all innocent and little girl-like. ” O.K., so, yes, all of this goes on in my noggin just after drifting through Aeropostale…So, you mean to tell me that there is NO happy medium between pig tails and booty shorts? I mean, I don’t need for my daughter to look like she’s 7, still wearing a smocked dress with pig tails in her hair, but come on…booty shorts?