ParentDish interviewed the designer behind TwistedTwee, which is selling t-shirts for babies and preschoolers that include nipple tassels, among other items.
The designer, Suzi Warren, told ParentDish via email that “The Nipple Tassel t-shirt was designed as a response to my own distaste at seeing mini versions of sexy clothes on young children. Five-year-olds wearing slashed mini skirts and boob tubes, little thumb-sucking Britneys.” I guess that’s like wearing blackface to protest racism? Mostly Warren is doing it to make money. At least I hope that’s why. If she honestly believes that this is an effective form of protest, I’d hate to think what she’d do with an issue like health care reform.
Personally, I think nipple tassels are tacky for anyone. If it’s a stripper, I mean, whatever. She’s a stripper. But otherwise it seems like a poor fashion choice.
On a kid? A little kid? Ew.
Here are some of the other items TwistedTee has for sale. “Infant Merit Badges” which are patches with phrases like, “Achievement in Noise Pollution.” Meh. Something called “Equal Opportunity Baby Grows“, with pink for boys and blue for girls. That one makes sense to me as a reaction to societal norms. “Sleepy head pillow cases” which are a little weird, but sort of cute.
Mostly the problem is the shirt with the nipple tassels. Oh, and the infant t-shirts that say “I’ve Done F*** All Today.” And “B is for Beer.” I wouldn’t buy those either. The “No Pictures” shirt is sort of funny.
What do you think about the tassel shirt? Offensive? Funny? An effective form of protest against a society that is sexualizing little girls? Or just a blatant plea to sell product?