I enjoy a good chuckle.
But this new item didn't make me laugh: High Heels For Babies
Apparently, others feel like I do as well.
In fact, the American Psychological Association Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls reported that sexualized images of girls and young women in advertising, merchandising, and media are harmful to their self-image and healthy development in the areas of:
"Cognitive and Emotional Consequences: Sexualization and objectification undermine a person’s confidence in and comfort with her own body, leading to emotional and self-image problems, such as shame and anxiety.
Mental and Physical Health: Research links sexualization with three of the most common mental health problems diagnosed in girls and women—eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression or depressed mood.
Sexual Development: Research suggests that the sexualization of girls has negative consequences on girls’ ability to develop a healthy sexual self-image."
I guess new studies will have to include infants, not just girls and women, if this high-heel-baby-shoe-thingy catches on.
What do you think?