On the internet, it's always open season when it comes to scrutinizing the actions of mothers—from when and where a woman should breastfeed to the "right" way to hold a baby. Kim Kardashian West is a common target, and this week, the criticism centers around her 4-year-old daughter's outfit.
The toddler recently donned an orange corset-style slip dress while walking outside, and Instagram seems to feel that the corset design is far too sexualized for a little girl. "It's one thing for Kim to dress a certain way, it's another to dress a little girl in sexualized attire," wrote one user on Instagram. "This is a mess. Why is a baby wearing a corset?" added another.
Regardless of whether or not North's outfit was inappropriate for her age, others argue that the reality star shouldn't have to answer to mom-shamers in the first place; especially considering the immense pressure that many mothers feel to always do everything "right." "Who cares why she wearing a corset?" writes a third user. "The fact people are now slut shaming a toddler is despicable."
While corsets were traditionally used to cinch a woman's waist and make their shape appear more traditionally feminine, Kardashian West was quick to point out that the dress doesn't feature an actual corset but merely a piece of fabric across the front designed to look like a corset. "I would never put my daughter in a corset!" she wrote on Twitter. "It's a dress I bought that is a cotton fabric that laces up and looks like a corset! Just decoration."
Since parenthood is a universal experience that affects people around the world, many seem to feel that they have the right to judge, criticize, and share their opinions about the actions of other parents (especially celebrities who are in the public eye). With that said, Kardashian West reserves the right to dress her daughter the way she wants to; the focus should be less on picking apart her decisions as a parent and more about encouraging empathy and understanding within the parenting community.
Do you think the backlash is warranted? How can we ditch this sort of mom-shaming altogether? Share your thoughts below.
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