and now, an earnest plea from a teenage reader

Here’s my last words on the Yahoo! Shine commenters: a lot of them seem to want to vent about issues only tangentially related to what I wrote. This was a plea posted by one teenager. Horrifying for its own reasons, as you shall see:

What really gets to me is that everytime [my mom and I] go shopping for me she wants to dress like a teenager and it really bothers me. She’s almost 40 years old so she should dress like people her age. I’m 14 and I dress properly at all times, I don’t dress like a hooker. Never have. But I would appreciate if some parents out there wouldn’t dress like they’re 15 when they’re thirty five or worst–40! Yikes. Please consider that you aren’t THAT young anymore. You’re young, just not a teenager young type. Can you consider dressing your age?

35 or WORST- 40?

Yikes, indeed.