T is crazy about the ladies. He’s wild about legs. He will regularly walk up to a teenage girl in a short skirt, hitch himself to her leg, and declare, “LEGS!!” It’s generally more hilarious than it is embarrassing. I sometimes wonder if it has anything to do with the Lady Gaga videos I let him watch as a baby.
No surprise then that his new obsession is the controversial Katy Perry/Elmo video (if you’re reading this on Facebook, see the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHROHJlU_Ng). I think it’s playful and adorable. I guess the big issue with this is that she’s showing too much booby. Huh? I think kids can handle a little booby. We’re talking the same boobies that these kids were recently sucking on, right? I’m obviously not your average mom when it comes to stuff like this, but come on.
Whenever things like this come up, I can’t help but think about the depth of the love/hate relationship that our culture has with women’s bodies. We pathologically sexualize women’s bodies and then turn around and demonize them for it.
Katy Perry’s dress in the video is actually pretty tame. Frankly, she’d be sexy in a paper sack and I think it’s her sexiness that parents are reacting to and not the dress itself. As a parent, I’m a lot less concerned about a little sexiness in my son’s life than I am the rampant commercialism and militarism in children’s toys and media.
Now Elmo’s consistent nudity, that’s another story…