Another day, another person finding a reason to shoot down Jessica Simpson. I mean, it’s not enough that she’s getting all this heat from her critics because of her weight, her boobs, and her hair, but apparently the picture of her daughter Maxwell in a bikini has gotten some people’s feathers all ruffled up. They’re calling the innocent pic both “inappropriate” and “just awful.”
OMG. And the world is round, people.
Let’s take a little overview of what those critics are saying, shall we?
Get more details after the jump:
Claude Knights, the director of Kidscape, said yesterday:
“It is very disturbing to see a young baby presented to the world wearing a bikini… Celebrity choices carry great influence, as can be seen by the manner in which their accessories and behaviours are copied widely… It is to be hoped that parents will understand that “baby bikinis” are totally inappropriate, and that they contribute to the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood…We should not be compromising the sanctity of our children’s early years.”
Others condemned the bikini on Twitter after seeing it online.
Here’s what they write:
“Jessica Simpson posts a photo of her 4-month-old baby in a BIKINI – wrong wrong wrong.”
“Jessica Simpson posted a picture of her baby in a bikini. Why doesn’t she just invite internet trolls over to her house?”
“Why on earth is Jessica Simpson dressing her BABY in a skimpier bikini than I would ever wear?! Note the key word; BABY. Just disturbing!!”
“Why Is Jessica Simpson’s Baby In A Bikini?: Dear baby Maxwell: this may be your first embarrassing moment.”
“Jessica Simpson had her baby’s picture taken in a bikini.. At least one of them can fit into a bikini.”
In a report last year into the sexualization of children, Reg Bailey, chief executive of the Mothers’ Union, said:
“Parents are telling us they are worried about the pressures on children to grow up too quickly.”
Ok, let’s take a moment here and talk about how our culture might be a tad on the prude side. (You think?) Maybe my point-of-view is a little different because A) I was raised differently and brought up vacationing on European beaches, so seeing boobs was never a big deal for me as a kid and B) common sense! I honestly don’t think Jessica was “sexualizing” her child in anyway here! I think that baby bikini looks pretty cute on Maxi!
Honestly, we need to pull programs such as “Toddlers and Tiara” from television because that’s the real problem. The more we worry about sexualizing our youth, the more carried away we get, and the more we exaggerate a problem that we’ve brought on ourselves. I mean, aren’t babies naked most of the time anyway? So what if Jessica decided to cover up Maxi’s baby goodies with a cute bikini she probably only bought for picture purposes anyway. She’s not hurting her child. She’s not hurting you. She’s not hurting society. How about we take those cigarettes out of toddler’s mouths, fight for more sex education funding in our public schools, and put a band on all of these ridiculous pageants where toddlers are forced to dress up like hookers?!
It seems that in our obsession with children, we have also become highly sensitive and hypocritical… no?
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