Thanks to Kelly Saunders for guest blogging today. Kelly Saunders has been blogging forThrifty Mommy for over 2 years and has a 3.5 year old daughter and a 1 year old son. Her goal is to save time and money any way she can in order to stay home with her kids. She loves to challenge herself to a price limit of $3-$3.50 for summer outfits and $4-$4.50 for winter outfits for her kids. She says that hand-me-downs are her favorite thing to give and get.
She's also just as icked out about stilettos for infants as I was, Sexualization of Infants.
Hi, so glad you stopped by Empowering Girls today. I ran across this website from a story ABC News did last month and thought it was very interesting. Turns out, a couple of mothers from Seattle thought it would be cute to make high heels for their infant daughters. They run about $35 and are adorable at face value.
But we don’t live in a face value world any more. How many of you see high heels and don’t think “sensuality”? Most of us think of a pair of high heels attached to long, tan, skinny legs. Who can picture Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman in the picturesque dress at the horse race and visualize her in a pair of flats? Most of us see her in high heels.
Or, if you will admit it men, you see in your male mind a sexy bikini clad woman leaning over a race car with a bucket of soapy water next to her washing the car in high heels.
See what I mean? Why do we want to sexualize our daughters so early in life? Doesn’t the world do that for us? Look at even Wal-Mart and you will see little girl clothes hanging off the shoulder or not going to the waist. I just want my little girl to be an innocent little girl for as long as I can keep her that way.
So why would you, even for a laugh, put your infant daughter in such a sexual piece of clothing? I will give it to you. There should be nothing sexual about an infant in high heels. But the whole idea of high heels is sexual and I just don’t think we should be putting our little girls in such a predicament to have pedophiles drooling over them.
Now, before you think I am some prude, my 3 year old daughter loves to walk around in high heels and play dress up. But they are princess high heels from the dollar store or an old pair of high heels from my closet and she only does it around the house for dress up. She usually has a tutu around her waist at the same time and is dancing around to Disney Channel. That is totally a play, make believe thing. There is nothing sexy about shoes that are 20 X too big for her.
But the interview I heard had one of the mothers saying that she didn’t see any relation between high heels and sex. She said that she didn’t see a correlation to it at all. I guess she never put on high heels when she went out to a party before.
Not to mention … they are $35! My limit is $3 for any pair of shoes for my kids. And yes, they have great shoes from Stride Rite and Dora so I do keep them in style.