Parenting tip of the day: Don’t slut-shame your daughter — play animal dress-up instead!

When my sister was in high school, my dad and stepmom found themselves in a quandary. My sister was a flirtatious, effortlessly cool teen with a hot bod and a penchant for bad boys and slightly older men. Basically, back in the day when we still used paper dictionaries, if you looked in the dictionary under “jailbait”, you’d see a picture of her.

After months of looking on with gritted teeth, my parents reached a breaking point when my sister strode down the stairs in a halter top and jeans so low you could see the start of her happy place, if you know what I mean. A discussion ensued, which evolved into yelling, and, finally, the use of the regrettable phrase, “You look like a slut!”

We all know what a fraught situation something like this can be. On the one hand, parents want to protect their kids from all the danger revealing clothes can bring (and yes, that’s a whole issue unto itself). On the other, it was my sister’s body — and she was damn right to celebrate it!

Luckily, as this Buzzfeed article reports, a parent in Texas seems to have found a better way to show their daughter that they think she might want to cover up a little. And it involves one of the best things in the world: a cat dressed in clothes!

The concerned parent in question posted this awesome review on an Amazon.com page for a crochet bra top (that most other reviewers also claimed was too small):

My 16 y.o. daughter bought this thing. It is ridiculously small and I probably couldn’t legally post a picture of what it looks like if she attempts to wear it. But, so you can see… here is a picture of our cat wearing it. To be fair, it does cover all of the cats nipples, however, she hates the weave. In summary, do not buy this, even for your cat.

The review finishes with this glorious photo:

Photo originally appeared here.

Now, I don’t know if the daughter ever read the review, or came home from school to discover her cat glumly dressed in the bra top. But as a parent, I have definitely made note of it. Not only is it a great way to prove a point and defuse conflict: it also makes for a delightful photo for the world to enjoy. Everyone wins! Well, except for the cat. She doesn’t seem happy at all.

Still, bravo, anonymous and wise parent from Texas, for showing us all how to address a prickly issue. And a bonus bravo for managing to get that top on your cat. I don’t think my feline friend Ali would ever permit such a thing.

is a writer & worrier. She lives in Paris with an eccentric Frenchman, a clever toddler, & a charming cat. Besides them, she loves books, travel, & cookies.

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