Friday, April 01, 2005

Hey Sexy “Baby”… Literally!

A Swedish bikini-style top for toddlers will be withdrawn from sale amid criticism from a Norwegian cabinet minister that bra-like clothing was inappropriate for small girls.
"It is remarkably daft to make bra-like bikinis for one-year-olds," Norwegian Minister of Children and Family Affairs Laila Daavoey was quoted as telling the Norwegian daily Verdens Gang Thursday.
"This is a terrible commercialization of childhood. Children are not women. Bikinis on small children are a way of linking children to sexuality. We must say 'No' to this," she said.
Earlier this month, Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik criticized Swedish furniture maker IKEA for showing few women assembling flat-packed goods in cartoon instruction leaflets. IKEA agreed to depict more women.
Source: Reuters

I congratulate Norway for this constructive criticism. Enough that women have turned into sex objects whether as inspiration for fashion lines or in promoting even the stupidest and cheapest products, no need to involve innocent children in that.
Actually I even hate it when parents make their children wear adult-like clothes even when it's not sex-related. Let the children live their innocence in a healthy way, away from the madness of our time!

And since I’m on it, I really hope advertising people will reconsider their methods and marketing lines that seem to be sex-crazed and insist on showing both men and women as nothing but sexual attractions!