Sexing Up Our Kids.

Via on Aug 16, 2010

Skinny Jeans and High Heels for Babies.

As if high heels, padded kiddie bikinis, thong underwear, stripper poles, and denim diapers weren’t enough, parents are now able to buy their toddler their own pair of skinny jeans.

Skinny jeans are just the latest item in a larger cumulative force that is turning babies, toddlers and children into miniature adults, in large part through overt sexualization.

Between the celebration of gyrating 7-year-olds, Baby Gaga‘s featured on Youtube, sexy toy makeovers, virgin waxing, glammed up toddlers in fashion advertising, and clothing with sexualized content such as “I’m a boob man,” “Lock up your daughters” or “Does this diaper make my butt look big? girls and boys are being harried into premature adulthood by corporate marketing forces seeking profit.

Originally posted at Feminist Fatale. Heelarious photo courtesy of Jagrap‘s Flickr stream, CC 2.0.

About Melanie Klein

Melanie Klein, MA is a writer, speaker and Associate Faculty member at Santa Monica College, teaching Sociology and Women’s Studies. She attributes feminism and yoga as the two primary influences in her work. She is committed to communal collaboration, raising consciousness, media literacy, facilitating the healing of distorted body images and promoting healthy body relationships. She has worked with the new citizen journalists of the LA Academy of Global Girl Media and the peer-educators of J.A.D.E (Joint Advocates on Disordered Eating) on ways to tap into the power of their own voice. She is an expert contributor in the areas of media literacy and body image issues for Proud2Bme, a NEDA project. She is the adviser of the Santa Monica College Leadership Alliance and the founder and co-coordinator of WAM! Los Angeles. She founded FeministFatale.com and is a contributor at Adios Barbie, Intent.com, MindBodyGreen and Ms. Magazine’s blog. Her essay on yoga, body image and feminism appears in Curvy Voices and her extended chapter on the same topic is included in the anthology, 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice. She has been featured on HuffPostLive, KPFK’s Feminist Magazine and The Point on The Young Turks. She is featured in the forthcoming book, Conversations With Modern Yogis. Twitter: @feministfatale

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6 Responses to “Sexing Up Our Kids.”

  1. Melanie says:

    K Sequoia, You bring up excellent points that I completely agree with and plan on exploring more in-depth in a future article. This was a short piece to turn people's attention to the plethora of products bombarding our youngest people. The impact is far reaching. One of those impacts is the sacred sexual aspect of our bodies that has become pornified and exploited. There are many excellent books out the pronification of our society, the self-objectification and self-exploitation of self, and the inappropriate sexualization of our children. Several of the links I embedded above provide additional information. Be sure to keep an eye out for a follow-up. Thanks.

  2. K Sequoia says:

    Thanks, Melanie – I will keep an eye out!

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  4. Donna says:

    As women, we are sexualized from the time of birth by pedaphiles until the time of our passing by necrophiliacs. Throughout history we have been abused, molested, taunted and compelled to perform for other women and most of all, for sick and disgusting men. Men love to molest us as little girls because it gives them a supieriority complex. So hey, that daddy wants to buy the diapers that make his little baby boy or girl have a sexy ass. As they get older, those nasty parents teach their little girls and some times thier little boys, how to put on make-up and how to start acting like adults. This gives the parents the ability to teach thier children everything they can in order to gratify thier own sick and twisted love affairs of lust. Heck, my mom had me waxed down there when I was a toddler and I’m now in my twenties & I still don’t have any hair down there now but, when I was between nine and eleven years old, I was also raped because thats what daddy and his “business associates” wanted to feel when they abused me. But hey, my folks taught me how to dance like a stripper and they told me what what to expect and what I had to perform as such. But at least they taught me a good profession that I am good at despite the abuses and incest I had to go through to get here. So hey, taunting our kids may not be socialy accepted but it is still a reality that has existed from the book of Genesis all the way up to today. It has not changed, it will never change and despite all the protests and complaints, it still exists. So why complain? Kids have and always will be exploited, just ask Lewis Carroll or Oscar Wilde or if you are more up to date you can talk with Peter Townshend or Madonna, they all “love” kids and still no one cares. So is it child abuse and exploitation or is it just a social reality that we don’t know how to label?

  5. Ariella M says:

    I have definately noticed this new trend in children's clothing. My baby cousin has been wearing skinny jeans all along. I don't even think my mom would dress my sister and I in jeans until we were older. She knew that we were young and that we wanted to play around in comfortable clothing. Now comfort even for children is not a concern. Mothers rather worry about their children looking cute. None of the children in my family wear shirts that say things like "Lock up your daughters" but I have noticed a large number of such items at small boutiques. A while back I saw a lot of stuff similar to what is expalined above at a small children's boutique at Century City mall. It sucks that little children are being forced to look like adult from such a young age.

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