In this day and age of political correctness, onesies with logos like “Hey, b****, I don’t come with a snooze button” have many moms up in arms. Novelty retailer It’Sugar is known for tongue-in-cheek slogans on their clothing, but according to the blog Mommy Noire, concerned parents from the Community Against Violence coalition feel that slogans like “Hung like a preschooler” sexualize children. No, really?
They’re not just boycotting the products, but have taken up a petition on Change.org to get rid of the onesies altogether. The message included in the petition is as follows:
Messages about Healthy Sexuality are needed if Violence against Women and Children is ever going to end. A society that hopes to end violence against women and children has to send messages to them reflecting their importance and value, not dehumanize them. We are aware that one of the most personal ways we can do make this change is to begin to adjust the language that we use every day in our relationships, families and homes. As many as one in three girls and one in seven boys will be sexually abused at some point in their childhood, according to most reliable studies of child sexual abuse in the United States. That means there are potentially 45 million adults now living in the U.S. who were sexually abused as children. So messages like, “Hung like a Preschooler” and “Does this diaper make my butt look big?” are grossly inappropriate and unfunny. Sexualizing children must stop. In addition, many of the onesies in IT’Sugar stores and online, contain messages which spread tired, old, and unhealthy messages about women and mothering. We all deserve media messages that strengthen our communities and uplift children.
The petition has garnered 128 signatures thus far, and the group hopes to get to 1,000.
Many are going to refer to freedom of speech when it comes to the messages on these onesies, since no one is being forced to purchase them. But honestly, does a market for these exist? Who buys these?
Where do you stand on this controversial babywear? Would you buy it? Should it be banned? Weigh in!
Source: Mommy Noire