Sunday, October 14, 2012

Jessica Simpson Baby Photo - So What Maxwell's In A Bikini!!!

Okay, I am soooooo late to this story but I was actually online looking up baby bikinis (I'm an expectant mother of a little girl) and I ran across this article which really disturbed me.

Last month, Jessica Simpson appeared on Katie Couric's talkshow "Katie" and while discussing motherhood the show posted a photo of Jessica's 4 month old daughter Maxwell wearing an adorable mustard yellow crocheted bikini.
Apparently there are critics out there (primarily in Britain) who find a cute, chubby baby in a bikini inappropriate and thinks it sends the wrong message e.g .message being sexualization of a baby. Okay. Seriously????? Give me a break. IT'S A BABY!!!!

Below are excerps from the original Huffington Post article. I attached a link to the full story in my opening sentence:

"It is very disturbing to see a young baby presented to the world wearing a bikini," Claude Knights, director of the child welfare charity Kidscape, told the Daily Mail, according to Us Weekly. "Celebrity choices carry great influence, as can be seen by the manner in which their accessories and manners are copied widely."
Knights added, "It is 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."

Daily Mail writer Tanith Carey wrote a full article criticizing Simpson's decision to show the photo her baby in a bikini. "Sharing pictures of your baby in a bikini with three million TV viewers, as Jessica did when she appeared on an American chat show? That is nothing short of inexcusable," Carey writes.
Continuing, "A cute-faced baby in a halterneck bikini, her nappy encased in the tiny knickers, leans back in what can only be described as a disturbingly adult pose, her chubby hand placed on her creased little baby thighs. Even more creepily, there’s an adult male hand coming in from out of the shot, posing the helpless tot in the style of a centrefold model."

Tanith Carey mentions in the above highlighted area that the baby is posed and it's creepy that a male hand is posing the baby. I'm sorry but the only thing creepy is you Tanith Carey and Claude Knights. I can understand not wanting to put a 7+ year old girl in a bikini because that is when sexualization starts but give me a break with the baby criticism. The above photo is completely innocent and nothing sexual is derived from it. It's unfortunate that there are people out there who look to stir controversy when there simply is none. When I visited Greece every little girl under the age of 4 was running around the beaches wearing nothing but bottoms. I thought this was a European thing so it's interesting that Brits are condemning this the fact that Jessica's daughter actually has on a top to go with the bottoms.

I'm not saying that there aren't pedophiles out there and our little girls shouldn't be protected, but babies typically aren't targets. Very, very, very few people would look at a baby and say "sexy." Was this whole article a ploy to get attention off their own Dutchess Kate and her choice to not wear a bikini? Were you on the front lines fighting against Bratz dolls and thongs for little girls? Do you fight the sale of kiddie make-up and plastic high heels? Lay off Jessica and Maxwell. IT'S CUTE!!!!

I think I'm going to start a baby bikini line out of spite for those out there who over-conceptualize sexualization. There needs to be some balance. Jeez Louise.

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