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Seriously, SpongeBob?

7 comments | January 5th, 2011

(submitted by OOC: 1.5.10 via Jezebel)

"Though it's impossible that the meaning of the word "bikini" eluded the producers of SpongeBob Squarepants, it seems possible that how the word works in this context mayhave gone unnoticed. Then again, given the new pressure for women to shave and trim their "bikini areas" (whether they intend to go to the beach or not), I wouldn't be surprised to see this pressure aimed at young girls."

- Lisa, 'Toy For 3 Year-Olds Who Want to Shave Their Crotch Like a Big Girl?' via Jezebel

Is this just an unfortunate coincidence given Sponge Bob lives in a place called 'Bikini Bottom'?  Or, is it another example of how girls are being sexualized from a young age?  And what about this article on Nair's targeting of pre-teens?  We remember mom being the one to tell us when it was appropriate for us to start ridding ourselves of 'unwanted' hair, not the good – and possibly well-intentioned – people over at Nair.  None of this feels okay to us.  You?

 

7 comments

  • CeeDee

    Posted on January 5, 2011

    i wouldn’t necessarily say there is pressure for women to shave and/or groom their bikini line. there are some women who do and those who do not. there are those who remain vintage and those who choose to keep it inside the lines. i get a full brazilian and get my butt hole waxed… (you’d be surprised ladies). i don’t always get it done but when i do i get it done for myself. i like the feel of it and could care less that no one else is enjoying the smooveness besides me.
    as for bikini bottom. that doesn’t bother or offend me at all. spongebob lives in bikini bottom. i’m 46 and have a 22 and 18 year old. we have been watching the cartoon for years. most better cartoons are filled with sexual innuendo. do any of you old timers remember loony tunes? bugs bunny with his cross dressing self; that skunk pepe le pew not understanding that “no means no”; the examples are endless…
    honestly, this is a shave kit for kids. that has been branded with spongebob squarepants. he lives in bikini bottom. end of story.
    come on ladies. we can’t take it all SO seriously when it comes to the cooch. everyone is not out to get us. least of all nickelodeon.

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  • OOC

    Posted on January 5, 2011

    CeeDee, you know how to share! Thanks. And you are so much less cynical than we are, here at OOC HQ. We love that about you.

    Now and to your point, we don’t mean to suggest that the fine folks at Nickelodeon are out to do harm purposefully, but don’t you think they should be a wee-bit more sensitive to context and, well, appearances? Or, to your point, do you still think we’re being too sensitive?

    Thanks for adding your voice. We dig it. XO, OOC

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  • cee dee

    Posted on January 5, 2011

    thanks for the pseudo anonimity. hmm. i think ooc is still being too sensitive. we can take so many things out of context or manipulate the context to our liking or disliking depending on perspective. from my perspective, nickelodeon is at best offering a shave kit to little boys to pretend in the bathroom with their fathers. from THAT perspective, one could find it sexist that the shave kit is being marketed to boys only. why wouldn’t they market to little girls? we shave too. so, to me, the idea that it’s okay for a little boy of 3 or 4 to pretend to shave before his time but not a little girl is sexist and at worst (to some perhaps) offensive.

    thanks for the outlet. it DOES feel good to get it off my chest… and my cooch.

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  • OOC

    Posted on January 6, 2011

    CeeDee is in the house. Thanks for coming back!

    So you don’t think there’s a difference between his shaving his face while the context we’re questioning has “her” shaving her girly bits, not her legs.

    Regardless,we hear ya for sure and we love that you’re saying it and sharing it here. XO, OOC

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  • cee dee

    Posted on January 7, 2011

    yes, there absolutely IS a difference. i guess, my less sensitive self doesn’t see it in that context. i totally hear ooc’s point and acknowledge it. (therapy speak)

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  • OOC

    Posted on January 7, 2011

    have a great weekend, miss. XO, OOC

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