So, I think this is cute.
There, I said it.
I see absolutely nothing wrong with this child or her outfit.
She is four months old, and she’s adorable. There’s nothing sexy about her. She’s a baby. Most babies wear even less than that in summer. Because her mom is a celebrity this is unacceptable? I think Toddlers in Tiaras and Dance Mom might have a word to say about that.
I mean, it’s not like Jessica paraded the child around and did a mock strip tease. She’s a baby who is wearing some clothes. End.
There is none of this:
“It is to be hoped that parents will understand that ‘baby bikinis’ are totally inappropriate, and that they contribute to the sexualization and commercialization of childhood. We should not be compromising the sanctity of our children’s early years.”
Claude Knight, you may be out of your mind. Where do you get sexualization and commercialization of childhood from this photo? Why is any sanctity being compromised?
And if you see sex in that picture, I would guess the problem is with you.
“Celebrity choices carry great influence, as can be seen by the manner in which their accessories and behaviors are copied widely.”
Oh God, oh God, not naked babies! Anything but almost naked babies! Oh wait.
“It is very disturbing to see a young baby presented to the world wearing a bikini.”
Why, Charles? Why is it disturbing? Your comments have not answered that question for me. So far you have said because it makes the baby sexy (not true), it commercializes childhood (I’d argue that childhood is already commercialized and Jessica Simpson had nothing to do with it), and that other people might start imitating Jessica and dressing their own babies in bikinis (first, unlikely. Give the public some credit. And second, if that were to happen, I’m just not seeing the abject horror and disgust here. Who cares?)
So, please, give me some reasons I can hang onto as to why this baby in a bikini is the worst thing ever. Because your hand-wringing isn’t doing it for me.