You know how the saying goes: another day, another controversy where the Kardashian-Jenners are concerned. On Wednesday, August 29, Kim Kardashian posted a photo of North West lounging in a bikini — you know, peak summer content. In less than 24 hours, commenters have already swarmed the post to criticize Kardashian's parenting.
The snapshot appears to have been taken during a family trip last week to Miami. In the candid pic, Kardashian is wearing a bubblegum pink bodysuit and holding North, who is wearing a bright yellow triangle bikini, on her lap. If you scroll past sweet and supportive comments from Kardashian's pals, you'll find plenty of comments from random IG users questioning Kardashian for letting her daughter wear a bikini.
"That swim suit is a bit inappropriate for a little girl in my opinion!!" one person wrote. "You should not post pictures of your children on social medial [sic], you should protect them or at least keep them in child appropriate clothing. Babies should not be in bikinis! It's sick," another claimed. Sigh.
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What the trolls don't seem to get is this: Deeming an outfit "inappropriate" for a child is, in itself, an act of sexualizing the child. These comments are indicative of the societal tendency to police women's clothing, a practice that serves not only to oversexualize women but also feeds into dangerous, sexist ideas about victim-blaming and -shaming.
Many other Insta users defended Kardashian and North from the onslaught of mommy-shaming. "If you're perverting a child wearing a swimsuit, there's something wrong with YOU, not with that child. Let girls wear what they want without shaming them, sheesh!" one commenter said, while another added, "All the hate and unsolicited advice on how she should raise HER child is unbelievable to me!!! If you have nothing nice to say then don't say it at all. If you don't like her, why you here?" Great question.
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