Monday, April 21, 2003

I can't stop thinking about that family in Dallas. I think the worst part of the whole story is that even those who are defending the couple aren't really questioning the assumptions behind the case. The primary defense seems to be that the couple were immigrants who didn't know any better, not that their behavior is perfectly normal. Who's really guilty of sexualizing young children - the mother who breastfeeds her children and baths with them, or those who would pathologize perfectly normal parent / child interactions? Which is the abnormal behavior: breastfeeding or dressing your child up in high heels, suggestive "evening wear," and a ton of makeup, to compete in a kiddie beauty pageant?

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