Sarah B. sent us an email with the subject heading “baby tee-shirts with printed-on nipple tassles.” I clicked on the link very reluctantly, and grabbed my head in pain when I saw this, available at twisted twee:
The shirt comes in sizes 0-6 months up to 3-4 years. When she saw me grab my head and shriek, Lisa looked over and seemed a little confused at the strength of my reaction. Then I said “It’s for kids!” and she said “It’s for kids?!?” and then we both held our heads in pain.
UPDATE: Commenter Emily says,
Believe it or not, there is (apparently) an explanation for this. ParentDish did an article on it, and here’s what the designer of this “masterpiece” said about it:
“The Nipple Tassel t-shirt was designed as a response to my own distaste at seeing mini versions of sexy clothes on young children,” she wrote. “Five-year-olds wearing slashed mini skirts and boob tubes, little thumb-sucking Britneys.
“There is nothing very sexy about a baggy, lap neck, long sleeved t- shirt for a 6-month-old. So by embellishing this style of garment with printed nipple tassels, the result is not that the baby becomes sexualized by the tassels, but that the tassels are made benign and silly by the baby. In fact the more inert, innocent and unaware the infant is, the more ludicrous the contrast becomes.”
Also see our posts on sexually suggestive teen brands, adultifying children of color, “trucker girls” baby booties, “future trophy wife” kids’ tee, House of Dereón’s girls’ collection, “is modesty making a comeback?“, more sexualized clothes and toys, sexist kids’ tees, a trifecta of sexualizing girls, a zebra-striped string bikini for infants, even more icky kids’ t-shirts, “are you tighter than a 5th grader?” t-shirt, and the totally gross “I’m tight like spandex” girls’ t-shirt.