Gwyneth Paltrow is selling bikinis for girls ages 4-8 on her website – which has critics up in arms. But actually it’s the conversation about ‘sexualizing’ kids that’s harmful.
As someone who has taken multiple kids to the bathroom during pool time, two piece suits are easier and less messy.
i really dont give a damn about gwyneth paltrow (she can still go fuck herself because she thinks that she can use the n-word because she has Black friends )
but fuckin really
people need to reflect upon themselves and see WHY they think a little girl wearing a two-piece swimsuit is sexualization
tbh it’s creepy as shit whenever somebody even makes that argument in the first place
This is kind of silly though. Bikinis are impractical and uncomfortable and their main purpose is to look good and look sexy. That’s true when they are on adults and it’s logically true that putting the same kind of impractically revealing outfit on a child is sexualizing that child.
And I militantly anti-bikini in general but especially on children. If an adult chooses to to go the beach for the purpose of lying around and getting a tan and looking good, I think that absurd, but their life their choices and I’m sure I do things that other people think are absurd.
But on a child it is not okay. Just like Victorian era corsets you are putting clothing on a child that prevents her from getting physical exercise while the equivalent outfit for boys allows them. Look at that thing! A kid can’t swim in that! She can’t push herself to swim further and faster, or try to turn cartwheels in the water, dive down to the bottom and grab seashells. It’s too likely that one of the many, many strings tying her suit together will come untied or the covering will slip in such a way that it’s revealing and she’ll be embarrassed. And this can easily define the experience of swimming for a girl: that going to the beach is about feeling self-conscious about how good you look instead of reveling in your physical abilities. The expectation that young girls will perform fashion or sexiness instead of doing athletic things is fucking horrible. It’s starting so young to say girl child needs to be LOOKED AT instead of DOING SOMETHING.
This kind of impractical string bikini bullshit being marketed to little girls is just one example of how we hamper girls ability to truly love their bodies and the things their bodies can do.
i didn’t think about it from this point of view at all! i was thinking “what’s wrong with a simple top and bottom, kinda like undies”, but never realizing the impracticality of a string bikini, and especially how it’s designed in that picture.
this probably comes from my knowledge of only wearing one-pieces, which were always extremely uncomfortable for me when i put them on. i thought bikinis were more freeing (never worn one, just assumed), but i hadn’t thought about the “coming undone” part.
when it comes to both practicality and being a little girl, would a swim top be a good idea in general if someone puts them in swim trunks? something that kinda fits tight like a sports bra? or just one pieces? i really know next to nothing of dressing properly for swimming. also have no clue if people glare if little girls are just in swim bottoms, like boys. it’s been that long since i’ve went swimming in public!
up until kiddo was about 3 I just had her in swim bottoms because she was in swim diapers anyway
the above pictured bikini looks impractical simply because, yes, it’s a tied string bikini which will make it harder for the child to go to the bathroom but also runs the risk of getting caught or snagged and coming undone.
Kiddo wears two pieces, but it’s a swim top and swim shorts. No fancy strings, buttons, or fasteners. It’s a short sleeve top that covers her shoulders and back so as to avoid sunburns, but it still keeps her cool. The shorts are just your usual swim bottoms and they are easy for her to get off and on for potty purposes.
I agree the above bathing suit just would not work for my kid. She needs something that can hold up to running, splashing, jumping, etc. but also protect her from the sun.
this design just doesn’t make sense for younger kids. It’s not that’s somehow inherently sexual, it’s that it’s not designed for what little kids do in the pool.
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