From The Dallas Morning News: http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20120722-esther-cepeda-stop-making-infants-into-sex-objects.ece
Published: 22 July 2012
Ignorant. Vain. Disrespectful. Negligent. These are just some of the character traits of people who not only accept but condone, finance and promote the sexualization of very young children.
If this sounds a bit harsh, how else would you describe parents who sex up their infants?
Yes, their babies.
Imagine my disgust — after previously having written about how young children have sexual identities projected onto them through toddler beauty pageants, sexy clothing for kindergartners and French-style lingerie for girls as young as 4 — at finding sexualized clothing for newborns.
News reports this month told the story of outraged parents in Mississippi who complained to a local TV station when they found baby onesies for sale printed with a woman’s bust and slim waist covered in only a polka-dot bikini.
Does such a frivolous item mean the end of the world? Of course not, but that is not a defense of the indefensible.
The bikini onesie is tame compared with some of the baby clothing you can find with a quick Web search. CafePress has infant body suits that read “Hung like a preschooler.” There’s also the “Stripper Infant Bodysuit,” which has two tassled stars silkscreened where the baby’s nipples go. I won’t detail the ones with messages hinting at sexual arousal, pimp culture and sex toys.
Har-dee-har-har. This is what passes as funny for the numbskull parents who choose to clothe their babies in these billboards for family dysfunction.
These trends take off because there’s money to be made in hawking such novelty wear.