As we head into our final week of September most of us have survived the first few weeks of school (well at least I have), and are beginning to embrace the cooler weather and start to plan for the various yet numerous events and holidays that are approaching quickly.
My children have been bugging me to get their Halloween costumes for a few weeks now, so I finally relented and headed out to Party City a few days ago. Having 8 children in such a store was no easy task and in between listening to my 9 yr old daughter whine non-stop, the babies crying in stereo, and chasing Ryley around, somehow I managed to stand still for a few seconds and that is when I saw this:
At first glance it seems cute,but after reading it a second time I know longer thought it was. With all the publicity of late with Miss Representation and empowering our daughters to feel good about themselves I was saddened and couldn’t help but think only one thing. This tee-shirt is wrong, wrong wrong.
In my opinion if we are informing our babies and toddlers that their butt looks big in a diaper than we are already informing them that certain articles of clothing may make their butt look bigger. Is saying that a diaper makes their butt look bigger, any different than telling them a pair of jeans or shorts does as well?
Yes babies and toddlers are young but they can still understand an awful lot and when you think about it, if they are wearing such a shirt than other people, including siblings, are going to notice and make a comment either directly at the toddler or to the parent. For example I could just see how this would go down in my household:
Baby wearing shirt playing with toys. Older sibling comes up and reads the shirt. Older sibling then teasingly says “oh yeah your butt does look big! (fat!)” Then starts to laugh and gives baby a gentle tap on the butt.
What do you think? Am I seeing too much into this or do you agree that this shirt sends a wrong message?
Until next time,