Monday, June 9, 2008

Start ‘Em While They’re Young

The items people come up with for children astound me. First we have the toddler-sized kitchen sets which absolutely disgust me, sewing machines and kits for children, the insane popularity of dolls, and so on. Our culture does nothing but put out toy versions of the lives women have had to live for centuries. Women were and many still are expected to prepare all the meals, so little girls are given toy kitchen sets. Women must act as baby machines, so little girls are given dolls. Women must act as seamstresses and know how to replace a button, put in a new zipper, hem clothes, let them in, let them out, and so little girls are given tiny sewing machines and sewing kits. What this is doing is simply telling little girls “This will be your life in a few decades so you better get used to it and lucky for you, we’re easing you into it by first brainwashing you into thinking that it is fun.”

As more time goes by, people continue to manufacture absolutely fucked up toys and accessories for small girls and I think this trend has just hit a new low.

Heelarious Heelarious is a company that sells high heels for babies. Yes, babies from 0-6 months to be exact. For $35 each, the first thing that popped into my head was “Who would do this to their child?”

While this isn’t the first astonishingly inappropriate item to be marketed to people too young to really make use of them, this has to be one of the first items to hit the consumer market that targets babies who aren’t even able to walk or talk yet. While Heelarious claims that their idea is “extremely funny” I feel a bit differently. It’s pretty much along the same lines as a baby corset or perhaps a baby garter. High heels are most commonly known as the “sexy shoe” and they most importantly do not belong on a small child.

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  1. Holly says:

    I agree with you on the high heels issue. I think they are both bizarre and inappropriate. o.O

  2. Wow. That is upsetting, actually.
    And to think I was up in arms about Playboy t-shirts for 10 year olds!

  3. diana says:

    oh joy! we get high heels for little kids now! just another reason for pedos to attack! we fucking invite them. this goes into the same catagory as the pants for the 7 year olds that have the word “juicy” across the butt in big lettering…and the hooters shirts, and every little thing we do to advertise children as sex toys! fun! (note the heavy sarcasm)

  4. Emma says:

    Oh my goodness. This just makes me sick. I’m so pleased I have a son, although the mechanic sets are nearly as bad.

  5. Tracee Sioux says:

    It’s so revolting in a millions ways. It’s sexualization of infants? Try learning to WALK in those. Come on. I have been hoping it dies quickly. Please God let parents have sense enough not to buy them.

  6. Holly says:

    I agree with you on the high heels issue. I think they are both bizarre and inappropriate. o.O

  7. Wow. That is upsetting, actually.
    And to think I was up in arms about Playboy t-shirts for 10 year olds!

  8. diana says:

    oh joy! we get high heels for little kids now! just another reason for pedos to attack! we fucking invite them. this goes into the same catagory as the pants for the 7 year olds that have the word “juicy” across the butt in big lettering…and the hooters shirts, and every little thing we do to advertise children as sex toys! fun! (note the heavy sarcasm)

  9. Emma says:

    Oh my goodness. This just makes me sick. I’m so pleased I have a son, although the mechanic sets are nearly as bad.

  10. Tracee Sioux says:

    It’s so revolting in a millions ways. It’s sexualization of infants? Try learning to WALK in those. Come on. I have been hoping it dies quickly. Please God let parents have sense enough not to buy them.

  11. funny says:

    One day I will be un shockable. Just when you think you have seen it all.

  12. funny says:

    One day I will be un shockable. Just when you think you have seen it all.

  13. Kelly says:

    Now, I do see your point in all of this but have you ever stopped to think that maybe a child wants something like this?
    I know many little girls want to be like their mom’s. If they see mom cooking (which isn’t always done because its tradition -_-) they will want to help. So let them pretend with a fake stove and plates. They see mom wearing heels, they try to wear their mom’s heels but they are obviously too big. What is the harm in letting them have a pair to wear for fun or on special occasions?
    Dolls are often ways to show children to care for or love other things. There is definitely no harm in that. I know I want my children to be loving towards everything. Maybe these things are character building.

    Yes, some things are too extreme like the pants with Juicy or the Hooter’s shirts but these other things are just for fun.

  14. Kelly says:

    Now, I do see your point in all of this but have you ever stopped to think that maybe a child wants something like this?
    I know many little girls want to be like their mom’s. If they see mom cooking (which isn’t always done because its tradition -_-) they will want to help. So let them pretend with a fake stove and plates. They see mom wearing heels, they try to wear their mom’s heels but they are obviously too big. What is the harm in letting them have a pair to wear for fun or on special occasions?
    Dolls are often ways to show children to care for or love other things. There is definitely no harm in that. I know I want my children to be loving towards everything. Maybe these things are character building.

    Yes, some things are too extreme like the pants with Juicy or the Hooter’s shirts but these other things are just for fun.

  15. Monavie says:

    Well whatever kid wears those certainly won’t be walking any time soon! Not only is it not funny, but imagine all the swollen ankles and bruised heads from falling down.

  16. Monavie says:

    Well whatever kid wears those certainly won’t be walking any time soon! Not only is it not funny, but imagine all the swollen ankles and bruised heads from falling down.

  17. Teka says:

    The cooking and sewing tools sound like a practical idea for boys and girls alike. It never hurts to know how to cook or sew–being told you can do nothing else *does* hurt, but the basic knowledge is a good idea.

    The high heels for infants? BAD IDEA. That is so screwed up on so many levels that I don’t know where to begin.

  18. Teka says:

    The cooking and sewing tools sound like a practical idea for boys and girls alike. It never hurts to know how to cook or sew–being told you can do nothing else *does* hurt, but the basic knowledge is a good idea.

    The high heels for infants? BAD IDEA. That is so screwed up on so many levels that I don’t know where to begin.

  19. PhatChance says:

    Well, the heels are incredibly inane. My gf gets terrible pains in her feet after wearing them, so I asked her not to wear them. She still does sometimes though :/
    But giving them to kids who can’t yet walk? That’s got to be on a chinese-foot-binding level of stupidity.

    As for the sewing machines and toy kitchens though, I have a sister who is 5, and all she wants to play with is those. My brother (3), however, plays with both the animals and dinosaurs and trucks that are expected of boys, but plays with his sisters toys as well, while she won’t ever go near the ‘boys toys’. I’m not entirely sure we can blame culture for everything.

  20. PhatChance says:

    Well, the heels are incredibly inane. My gf gets terrible pains in her feet after wearing them, so I asked her not to wear them. She still does sometimes though :/
    But giving them to kids who can’t yet walk? That’s got to be on a chinese-foot-binding level of stupidity.

    As for the sewing machines and toy kitchens though, I have a sister who is 5, and all she wants to play with is those. My brother (3), however, plays with both the animals and dinosaurs and trucks that are expected of boys, but plays with his sisters toys as well, while she won’t ever go near the ‘boys toys’. I’m not entirely sure we can blame culture for everything.

  21. Jak Baby says:

    I totally agree with hating gender based toys. When you give little girls these items the parents are basically preparing them for low-paying menial jobs. If I ever have babies you can bet my little girls are getting a doctors kit for kids,
    People just say no to the easy’bake oven :)

    Jaki from Organic Cotton Baby Gifts Site

  22. Jak Baby says:

    I totally agree with hating gender based toys. When you give little girls these items the parents are basically preparing them for low-paying menial jobs. If I ever have babies you can bet my little girls are getting a doctors kit for kids,
    People just say no to the easy’bake oven :)

    Jaki from Organic Cotton Baby Gifts Site

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  24. Maybe keep them off the sex toys tell there at least 16 :P

  25. adult toys says:

    high heel is just too much, wait till they grow up with malfunctioning knees, back, hip, and all other potential injuries.

  26. sexygirl says:

    agreed! high heels for kids are so bad for them physically and for their proper growth and i rather them learn about sextoy ed instead of wearing this shit

  27. adult games says:

    this is is bad and sad as well..

  28. adult games says:

    this is is bad and sad as well..

  29. Kate says:

    My mom gave me dolls, a kitchen set, and a sewing machine; she was and is a feminist and so am I. I mean she also gave me legos and Hot Wheels, but I see nothing wrong with toy kitchens. Playing “house” is fun for both genders. I’ve babysat boys with toy kitchens and dolls. As long as they’re not marketed to one gender, they’re good toys.

  30. Pfft says:

    BOYS use kitchen sets. Go in any preschool.

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