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Saturday, February 17, 2007

baby slut

once i was in the brooklyn target looking for something cheap which i don't think i ever found because, surprise surprise, the brooklyn target is a little tiny slice of hell on earth. anyway, i was walking around the kids' clothing section. there were miniscule lohan-style beav-flashing skirts and paris hilton easy-string slut-armor dripping off every hanger. tiny, flimsy, floss-sized clothing ... for TODDLERS. i thought i was repulsed. but then i saw some disgusting specimen of motherhood pick up an itsy g-string and announce to her friend: OOOOH MY BABY'S GONNA LOOK SO FINE IN THIS!

oh, sure i passed a little judgment. but maybe i shouldn't be such a prude. when i saw the following clip, for some reason it all began to make sense. you know, just as long as she doesn't shave her head or anything weird like that, it's all good:

9 Comments:

Blogger Fairly Odd Mother said...

Oh. my. god. That video is too much. And, I know what you mean but pray that your daughter stays tiny b/c it only gets worse. My 6yo is really tall and getting clothes for her is awful---short tops, sequins, low cut pants. It's the Bratz wardrobe come to life!

2/17/2007 9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was that Britney Spears as a baby?
I know I am VERY glad that I have boys. Good luck to all you parents of girls.

2/18/2007 4:40 PM  
Blogger cape buffalo said...

Once they hit school age, shopping for a girl becomes a special kind of torture: http://capebuffalo.blogspot.com/2006/08/bts-rage.html

2/18/2007 11:01 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

While i appreciate the meaning and the humor behind that video, it still made me a little uncomfortable.

The sexualisation of pre teen girls is something that worries me a great deal. I'm just preying my daughter chooses to be a tom boy.

2/19/2007 7:15 AM  
Blogger The other me said...

even in jest I am squirming that anyone can dress their babies as little hoochies, I often stand in a store holding things up for mini sluts wondering who buys them then you walk down the street and see exactly who. Sad world isn't it??
My daughter is 17 and I still find myself wanting to buy her white leather sandals and frilly ankle socks. 1 girl and 5 boys for me PHEW!!!

2/19/2007 8:17 AM  
Blogger Tracysan said...

My husband is very disturbed by this, too. One day we were having lunch downtown when he looked out the window and paled..."That is the tiniest little streetwalker I have ever seen." It was a girl, 2-3 years old, dressed in a mini-skirt and tube top and little sandals WITH HEELS. She was walking along with her family who apparently thought this was an acceptable way to dress a toddler. My husband found a word for this phenomenon later on--"prostitot": when a young girl dresses like a slut before she is even old enough to know what a slut is.

2/19/2007 11:32 AM  
Anonymous sisco said...

patriarchy rocks, doesn't it? i'm partial to blaming women, myself, for this clothing phenomenon, which i'm sure has nothing to do with heterosexism, capitalism, and misongyny. nor, of course, do those sweet little frilly ankle socks and white leather sandles mentioned in an earlier post. yay, more boys! fewer girls! no worries!

2/19/2007 2:15 PM  
Blogger viciousrumours said...

This is not a new thing, sadly enough. I actually got so angry at the clothing being sold in my local Wal-Mart when my daughter was six that I called the corporate headquarters and got in touch with the fashion buyer for the children's departments.

When I expressed my concerns that the clothing being sold was wholly inappropriate for the age group her response was, "Well, that's what the consumers want, so that's what we sell." I made sure she understood that I was not one of those consumers.

Clothing like that exists because somewhere, someone is buying it

2/20/2007 3:34 AM  
Anonymous Western DAve said...

My favorite term for the phenomenon is "Totstitutes." Which is why I work at (and my daughter will attend) a girls school with a uniform.

2/23/2007 10:23 AM  

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