The Times’ Alex Kuczynski has been dressing her infant in faux-denim Huggies: “They’re perfect for summer. I can dump him in the sandbox in a T-shirt and his faux-denim diapers and he looks as if he’s properly dressed.” She goes on to challenge ABC’s refusal to air the Huggies ads due to their tagline, “The coolest you’ll ever look pooping in your pants,” calling the network hypocritical because the word “douchebag” was used on NYPD Blue. “Compared to that, what’s wrong with a little poop?” the mother queries.
But now that we’ve all had a good laugh, Kuczynski addresses a more serious diaper-related matter: the dark side of dressing one’s toddler in adult-inspired clothing, which contains sinister allusions to obesity and unemployment, apparently.
The line between adulthood and infancy continues to blur, perhaps because of our national rates of obesity. People swollen with fat look like giant babies, the lines and wrinkles pressed from their faces. Or, perhaps it’s the recession, which has uprooted millions of Americans from their jobs, leaving men and women in their 30s and 40s unemployed for years at a stretch. They may want to look at infants as young, capable adults, full of the promise and ambition they will never be allowed to exercise.
And don’t even get her started on those Three Dots T-shirts with extra-long sleeves! There’s nothing like the puddling of excess fabric around our wrists to catapult us back to infantile helplessness.
Obsessions | Diaper Burn [T Magazine Blog/NYT]
Most Viewed Stories
Mary-Kate Olsen Strains Every Muscle in Her Face in an Attempt to Smile
The Fashion Executive Who Doesn’t Wear Underwear on Dates
25 Famous Women on Being Alone
22 Intimate Lost Photos of Marilyn Monroe
Prince George Has No Time for Justin Trudeau’s High Fives
How Angelina Jolie Won the First Big Battle in Her Divorce
It’s Time to Get Over Your White Feelings and Start Taking Action for Black Lives
2009 Called — It Wants Its Vogue-Versus-Bloggers Fight Back.
Former Miss Universe Becomes U.S. Citizen So She Can Vote Against Trump
Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of September 26
From Our Partners
powered by PubExchange
Latest News from The CutThe Novelist Disguised As a Housewife
Shirley Jackson wrote 17 books while raising four children — and she couldn't have had a successful career without them.Preschool Benefits Women More Than Men
A new study finds preschool is good for all kids, but particularly for girls.Uh-Oh, Is Rob Kardashian Feuding With Kylie Jenner?
Or, at least someone is trying to make it seem that way.Area Woman Interrupted by Man 25 Times in 26 Minutes
Lester Holt also interrupted Hillary Clinton 15 times.Hillary Clinton’s Sickest Debate Burns
She eviscerated Trump.Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber Are Separating After 11 Years Together
“The best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple.”Outrageous Party Photos From Andy Warhol’s Factory Days
Preview the book Brigid Berlin: Polaroids.Morning Sickness May Suck, But It’s Actually a Sign of a Healthy Pregnancy
An upside to the nausea.2009 Called — It Wants Its Vogue-Versus-Bloggers Fight Back.
Vogue called blogging “pathetic,” and bloggers were not pleased.I Can’t Believe I Like This Victoria’s Secret Beauty Product
And why you’ll love it, too.
Swedish denim label Dr. Denim is here to make denim shopping a lot easier.Vanderpump Rules Drama Is the Only Constant in This Crazy Thing We Call Life
Season five arrives on November 7.Emily Kinney on Life After The Walking Dead
Her new show Conviction premieres next Monday on ABC.5 Things on Sale That You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Saint Laurent Jeans to an Isabel Marant Sweater
We dug through the internet to bring you some great deals.Here’s One Reason Why Women Are Underrepresented in Politics
It starts at the local level.Rob Kardashian Meets Chyna’s Parents and They All Take a Trip to a Strip Club
They also have a Fourth of July block party.My Favorite Fruit-Shaped Hand Cream Doubles As a Pill Holder
Can also hold gum, almonds, and paper-clips.Mary-Kate Olsen Strains Every Muscle in Her Face in an Attempt to Smile
It was a good effort.A Weekend of Hair Envy With Rubi Jones
Including an impromptu Weasley family look for a Potter-themed party.All It Took for Anti-Vaxxer to Admit She Was Wrong Was Her Entire Family Getting Sick
Rotavirus made her change her tune.