I read a New York Times column this morning by Bruce Feiler about the the way the fashion industry is marketing sexually oriented clothes to his 8 year old daughters. The column was called “This Life” and the subhead was “A Line Between Sweet and Skimpy.”
It struck me that the challenges he described are even greater for dads of daughters who have social challenges related to Asperger Syndrome. Girls with Asperger Syndrome can be at risk of trying too hard to fit in and can have a harder time accepting explanations about what's appropriate to wear.
Warning: Fathers of girls trying to understand current girl culture are likely to experience disorientation, consternation, and incredulity. Girl culture has traditionally been a mystery to many dads. However, accelerating social pressure for girls to see and present themselves as “sexy” at younger ages is adding layers of complication.
An opportunity to help boys with Asperger Syndrome and similar forms of autism to "man up." I’m not talking about being macho. I’m talking about learning about things such as sexuality, protecting oneself from sexual predators, and using a public men's room.