The fight over babies in bikinis has always struck me as more
of an adult problem. I bypass the two-piece bathing suits in the kids' clothing
store in favor of a one-piece for my daughter because I don't want an adult
thinking "that" about my kid ... not because I think they'll turn a 6-year-old
into a sexpot. But one look at the pictures of tarted up tots on kids'
clothing company Submarine's website, and it's hard not to think "this
is selling sex."
Dressed up in two pieces, it isn't the bikinis that are the problem. It's the
provocative poses held by pre-pubescent girls. Girls with more makeup
than a Kardashian holding a starfish on a bare tummy so it points down to her
privates, girls with a pink wig and an expanse of skin cropped so the question
of whether she's got a bottom suit piece on is left to the imagination.
Just take a look at some of these pictures, and tell me they're
So, how many little girls do you know who wear wigs and makeup to the beach?
And how many moms do you know who ask their kids to pose with puckered lips and
sultry stares? The girls may not know what they're doing, but the person who set
up these shots sure did. And going by Submarine's description of its clothing as
something they make to satisfy the demand of "trendy parents and their
daughters" from around the world, they think this is what Moms (and Dads)
Sexy kids. The very thought makes my skin crawl. I don't know about you, but
I want to put that phase off for as LONG as possible.
What Submarine has created is not technically child porn -- at least not
according to the legal definition, which only covers images of minors that
involve “sexually explicit conduct” or "graphic or simulated lascivious
exhibition of the genitals or pubic area." But it's certainly sexy. If Submarine
is trying to convince moms that two-pieces are OK because little girls aren't
thinking about sex, it's just an adult construct, they're failing miserably.
Do you think these photos are kid-friendly? Do they make you want to
buy a bathing suit for your kid?
I think all the bikini's are inappropriate for kids. Tankini's are one thing but there is no reason a little kid needs to run around in hardly anything. The poses are WAY too mature and kinda sick if you ask me