The company Heelarious is selling high-heels for parents to dress on their infants. I wrote this:
I'm guessing you don't mean to cause harm. I'm guessing you think this is cute. And high heels can be cute...on adult women. Young children - and now infants?!? - are going to have these supermodel cultural expectations placed on them at infancy?
Can't you just confine these things to adult and older teens? You know there is no freedom of choice for the infant. The parents would be dressing up their infant in minitiarized symbols of adult sexuality. This is troublesome for obvious reasons, but also because it's not in children's best interests to have these cultural symbols imposed on them, rather than letting them define themselves. We might think we are worshipping them when we call them "princess" and dress them as such. I myself love calling my girlfriend such pet names. But she's an accomplished adult and I openly respect and acknoedge these parts of her too. Your toy is hooking infants into a conformity before they have any other self-exploration, personal accomplishment, self-defition. Parents dressing up their infants in these sexual (or at least part-sexual) clothes? What parental behaviors are we encouraging?
If you want to voice your opinion, tell them:
I learned about this on GPAC - the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition. Check their synopsis and list of others to call.