Thursday, 6 January 2011

A Spot of Bikini Bottom Bother

Oh dear readers, I have a confession to make. I am a bit of a Spongebob Squarepants fan (as luck would have it I'm wearing a pair of my newly acquired Spongebob Squarepants socks as I type). Poor Spongey has got into some terrible scrapes off screen in recent years - not least with questions about his sexuality. Now, as the Guardian highlights this morning, he's in a spot of bother with a line of merchandise, shown below. The Bikini Bottom Groom and Go is obviously in reference to Bikini Bottom, the place where lovable Spongebob lives. Unfortunately, for the uninitiated, it suggests that 3 year olds are about to embark on some waxing of their nether regions. As I blogged yesterday, some feminists are worrying about porn but maybe it's Spongebob that's lead young girls on to the path towards Veet.

In all seriousness, I think people need to get a grip (if you'll pardon the phrase). This is potentially a 'toy' that will socialise children into 'adult modes' of behaviour - but as the picture suggests, this is pitched at the face - and men. In any case, I suspect that more middle aged gay men bought this as an amusing gift than parents trying to socialise their daughters into shaving their crotch.

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