It’s time for another rant about children and gender! Now that it’s summer, even the littlest ladies are showing off their “bikini bodies” at pools and beaches. I find the sight of baby girls in two-pieces unsettling – not because I think the little darlings should be more covered, but because I think they’re too covered.
There’s no difference between a little girl’s torso and a little boy’s. Baby girls don’t need to cover their non-existant breasts. I’m not arguing in favor of one-pieces, which I know can be a pain in the ass at potty time. I’m arguing against silly tops that prematurely sexualize girls who don’t have secondary sex characteristics. And even one-pieces are suggestive of body parts that haven’t yet developed.
I think a bathing suit bottom is actually the least provocative option when it comes to swimwear for tots. People seem to think it’s cute to jump the gun and dress little girls up like miniature women. I’m sure baby bikinis also serve the same purpose as frilly headbands and… baby bangs: signaling that the child is a girl rather than a boy. As usual, it’s the girls who “require” adornment, since boys are presumably the default. Let all the babies go topless, I say!