Forget Miley Cyrus--What's With Dora the Explorer Showing Skin?

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June 22, 2010

As I was watching TMZ yesterday, I wasn’t all that surprised or taken aback when they showed the latest photo of Miley Cyrus wearing next to nothing. I’ve come to terms with the fact that she’s on the brink of young adulthood and we’re all just going to have to say goodbye to Hannah Montanna.

I’ve given up on Miley, but I’m definitely taking issue with Dora the Explorer. My daughter is a new Dora diehard, so over the last few months I feel like I’ve seen (or at least heard) every single episode of Dora the Explorer ever produced. The more I see Dora, the more I wonder, “Why the heck is this little girl’s midriff showing?”

My daughter isn’t old enough now to even notice the subtle sliver of skin exposed on Dora, but as a mom, I definitely do. I’m not sure how old Nickelodeon intends for Dora to be, but I imagine she is no older than 7. So why, I always ask myself, do they portray a 7-year-old with an exposed midriff?

I have a daughter, so I am pretty familiar with the clothing options available to little girls; it’s really not that hard to find tops that sufficiently cover their tummies. Even if Dora is intended to be on the chubbier side, finding a shirt that covers her midriff–yes, even when she’s reaching in the air waving–wouldn’t be difficult. So help me out here, moms: WTF is up with Dora showing skin? And more importantly, what message is this sending our daughters?

With Miley Cyrus running around half-naked and even Dora the Explorer giving a sneak peek, is it any wonder stores our selling clothes like this intended for our girls?


What a 5-year-old is doing with a crocheted triangle bikini on, I’m not entirely sure.


I’m still stunned this girl’s mother let her model this ensemble. What’s worse: the belly shirt or the short shorts?


Why any clothing company thinks it’s necessary to draw attention to a little girl’s backside by putting sequined apples on the back pockets of a pair of shorts is beyond me.

For more modest options for your daughter, check out our guide to the best swimsuits for girls and the best girls’ shorts.

 
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