These sorts of shoes for girls have been around for a while:
And there are these Barbie-branded pink platforms for preschoolers:
Bratz upped the ridiculous quotient a notch:
Shouldn’t we leave it there? Do we really need to push the bunion-and-hammertoe envelope younger and younger? Isn’t hobbling preschool-ages girls enough? Isn’t teaching girls from toddlerhood that their feet are more decorative than functional already doing the job nicely for the Patriarchy (and Manolo Blahnik)? Do we need more and more ambient images of female people lying on their backs waving their stilettos in the air?
Apparently the answer is no. The femininity-training industry has now brought out these monstrosities: “Heelarious” high heels for pre-crawlers. Sized to fit 0-6 month old infants, these high heels are billed as “extremely funny, completely soft, fully functional high heel crib shoes for babies.”
But please be aware of the manufacturer’s warning:
“Not intended for walking”
Maybe we need that warning on all high heels.
[via Sociological Images]
Categories: gender & feminism