A bikini onesie that’s currently on-sale at Gordman’s department store in Mississippi has outraged area parents, many of whom feel this sort of clothing does nothing more than sexualize children. The piece in question, which was designed for children up to 18 months, features an image of a curvy body sporting a bikini positioned on a white background. It’s not unlike the goofy adult-oriented T-shirts anyone can purchase at various novelty shops online. Although it’s kind of amusing when grown-ups feel the need to cover their body with this sort of silliness, the whole scenario darkens considerably when you place it on a baby.
According to the Gordman’s website, the company states that it currently provideds “trusted products that meet the standards of discerning parents everywhere with our unique blend of quality style and value. We’re constantly working to create fresh, new products that reflect the ever-changing experiences and lifestyles of babies and their families.”
Of course, many parents who spotted the offending onesie weren’t too thrilled with the idea of seeing a baby sporting attire with a curvy female body plastered across the front. In fact, some even claimed that they would take great offense if they encountered parents who allowed their child to wear such a thing.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate for a small child,” Cathryn McKee explained to Action News 5. “I just think that is a little ridiculous that you would put that on your child.”
Neither Gordman’s nor the onesie’s manufacturer, Bon Bebe, has commented on the controversy.