Jessica Simpson showed off some photos of baby Maxwell on Katie Couric’s talk show the other day. And in one of them, the 4-month-old is sporting a bright yellow crochet bikini. While I can’t stop cooing over how cute the tot’s Michelin Man legs and puffy cheeks are, some people are aghast that a mother would put her baby in such swimwear. Some are even saying that the bikini sexualizes Maxwell! What do you think?
Claude Knights, director of the child welfare charity Kidscape, stated the following opinion about Simpson’s photo:
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 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.”
Being childless (and nowhere near having kids), I don’t really feel like I can weigh in on this issue. Would I put my theoretical kids in bikinis? No, but I don’t know if doing so would sexualize them, either. I just don’t know! I’ll just stick to taking care of my cat, who would actually probably look very silly in a bikini. [via Huffington Post]
What do you think of this controversy?