I’m a sucker for laughing baby videos. This one is really funny because of what’s making the baby laugh. And it’s especially cute the way the baby is trying to imitate what her daddy is doing.
I don’t know if this is cute or disturbing. What’s your reaction?
I found this video on Sociological Images with this commentary:
We often think of childhood socialization as a top-down process. That is, we imagine that children are empty vessels and adults, mostly parents maybe, fill them up with whatever they please. It may be true that the parents of this little girl actively, even aggressively, encouraged her to learn this dance. But it’s also possible that this is driven by that little girl. In which case, it may illustrate how kids can take an active part in their own socialization. Clearly these parents don’t mind that their daughter is watching Beyonce, but she may be taking the initiative to emulate a public figure she’s seeing in the media (which surely includes messages about how to look, dress, etc.). Even if these parents don’t like everything about that message (or other models she might follow), they can’t actually protect her from the ever-present messages about femininity that are all around her, which are going to affect how she thinks about herself, what she should be, etc.
Do you agree?
Apparently Sesame Street recently dropped a segment from its show which showcased singer Katy Perry wearing a low-cut dress party dress while she frolicked with Elmo. That makes it sound worse than it was: Katy is trying to get Elmo to play with her. No, that doesn’t sound right either. Just watch the video for yourself and see if you can find anything that would cause parents to protest its airing.
Eric Steinman asked in an article on the Care2 website:
Is nothing sacred? That is the rhetorical question that some parents, no doubt, have been asking over the past few days as the clean streets of Sesame Street were tarnished with the image of female breasts (or at least cleavage alluding to these breasts).
“Elmo loves Miss Katy,” Elmo said. “We had a good time. So we’ll have another play date.”
Also on hand was Grover, whose blue fur was clearly visible through his Super Grover costume. “How do you like my new outfit, huh?” he asked Mr. Stephanopoulos. “It is not too revealing, is it?”
If only we were all as uncorrupted as a Muppet. After all, it takes a dirty mind to know one.
Julia Sweeney has “The Talk” with her 8-year-old daughter.