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Woman protesting padded bikinis for young girls at Abercrombie & Fitch cited by mall security

South Coast Plaza security officials on Wednesday cited a women who has been protesting outside Abercrombie & Fitch over the retailer's sale of of padded bikini tops for young girls, Costa Mesa police said.

Ethel Bolton, 75, sat quietly defiant in her wheelchair by the store's entrance inside the shopping center and held a sign that read "Abercrombie: Pedophiles sexualizing little girls thru clothing."

According to media reports, many parents are upset by the store's retailing of a padded bikini top for girls as young as 8. Originally marketed as a "push-up triangle" bikini, the name has been changed to "striped triangle," according to reports. The product did not appear to be available on the store's website Wednesday, and company officials did not return a call seeking comment.

"I'm incensed by the clothing they're selling to little girls," Bolton said. "I feel like they will cause more rapes. I'm willing to go to jail for this."

There is no fine with the citation Bolton received.

Citation issued for woman protesting store

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Photo: Ethel Bolton, right, with daughter Ava Park, demonstrate against Abercrombie & Fitch in Costa Mesa. Credit: Don Leach / Times Community News

 
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i kind of understand where she's coming from, but, sorry .... the PARENTS are in control here. they have ALL the power... the perfect solution is DON'T PURCHASE THE BIKINI TOP if you DONT LIKE IT for your child. if you dont want your child to get raped, dont leave HER ALONE. stop harassing the business owner.

Parents can choose to buy it or not HOWEVER, it's still wrong, and I respect the woman who protested and stood up to this insane idea of a padded bikini top for an EIGHT year old. It's gross and sick. And sometimes people need to stand up to gross and sick, especially when it's innocent children involved.

We live in a decent society. If some retailer suggests that children are sexual things and we didnt say anything, were letting it happen. So whats next? Perhaps a sex toy for children? when do you stop?

My 12 year old daughter loves Abercrombie & Fitch. It is not my favorite store. Padded bikini tops for girls is just wrong. I agree, it is the parents responsibility to protect their children and I will not allow her to have this. As far as I am concerned, we will be limiting our Abercrombie purchases. I don't condone harassing business owners. But good for this person to stick up for what she believes in. It is more than JUST a parents responsibility, it is the general publics responsibility! It is not right for any business to promote sex and children. There are so many crimes committed on children and this is a crime. It is not OK to encourage young girls (children) to use push-up bras.

My condolences to the death of your editor.

Sometimes 'PARENTS' need a reminder

Correct decision - it's private property and they obviously didn't have permission of the property owner.

It's your right to peacefully protest Ethel.
Let them know their product is not appreciated, dee gee is weak and thinks we should just walk away.

American citizens have been walking away for years and look where our country is now. There are dee gee's everywhere.

Look, it's an angry white woman with a sign.

I applaud you for this! i have a 6 yr old daughter and could not imagine! our children grow up fast enough as it is, why would we encourage it!!!

Thank god she's willing to go to jail for this. Cart her off now. It's a parent's right to buy their kids whatever they choose, not some old lady who has nothing better to do with her days.

why isn't she protesting sears, jc penny, macy's, etc?
They sell bikini's for kids as young as toddlers!

I'll never understand why parents dress they're toddlers, young children, preteens, or even teens(though much harder to control) in such provocative clothing.

Yet if a woman wants to cover her hair(e.g. Muslim women) she's oppressed, where's all the outcry for the oppression of young girls with these outfits?

why isn't she protesting sears, jc penny, macy's, etc?
They sell bikini's for kids as young as toddlers!

I'll never understand why parents dress they're toddlers, young children, preteens, or even teens(though much harder to control) in such provocative clothing.

Yet if a woman wants to cover her hair(e.g. Muslim women) she's oppressed, where's all the outcry for the oppression of young girls with these outfits?

Abercrombie & Fitch repulse me. Marketing adult clothes to children is disgusting, sexist, and lame. I applaud the grandmother and plan to join a letter writing compaign to the store until they remove the items. It's not a matter of parental control, it's irresponsible behavior. I hope they go out of business.

I'm sorry but saying the parents have the control isn't good enough. We all need to let Abercrombie and Fitch know they are way out of line. Lots of us do not have children that age and if enough of their customers that do or don't have children at all or children of that age complain maybe they will remember that they wish to have a corporate image. I can't imagine the corporate image they want to have includes pedophilia. As a survivor of child abuse by my own father I can tell you the "Ick" factor here is way up and I will not be shopping there.

thank you dee gee well said well said. take accountability for your own children. and your actions as well as theirs.

I just love it when people pass the buck for raising their children to Abercrombie & Fitch or other companies.

Because it is just so odd.

The government is cutting billions of dollars in educational funding for your children's education. Your children's schools are falling apart. Literally & figuratively. There's extreme violence in the hallways of schools all over the country. Test score results continue to see the decline of our children's level of education. Children are brining guns to school. To kill each other.

Let's go protest a bikini?


I can't imagine what it might be, but there could be a legitimate place for a padded top of this size. If you object to a girl of 12 wearing such a top, don't buy your daughter one. Now that I remember, my first girl friend (45 years ago) was 16, and surely could have used one of these.


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