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A mum who bought a custom-ordered t-shirt for her toddler that made a tasteless joke about his penis has been slammed by social media users after she uploaded a photo of the tot to Facebook.
The woman thought the shirt – bearing the slogan "hung like a five-year-old" – was funny, but most people who saw it disagreed.
While one or two people showed they were amused by the design in their reaction to the original Facebook post, Reddit user KidneyCat uploaded the image with the headline "wtf is wrong with people? she had this custom made? yuck".
While one or two people seemed to find it funny there, too, the majority of commenters seemed to feel that it was unhealthily sexualising a small child.
One said: "Some commenters thinking this is OK is concerning, bet anything those same people would be seeing red if there was an equally gross statement for girls.
"This s*** is disgusting and the amount of people fine with it because it’s a 'dude joke' is appalling."
There was some debate about whether the slogan mattered al that much, given "the child can clearly not understand it," but – pointed out one reply – "poor kid, gonna be an embarrassing photo for him when he gets older. also f****** gross, dude ew".
The general consensus seems dot be that even if the t-shirt itself was a private joke, uploading it to Facebook seemed rather desperate: "This kind of attention-seeking is so cringy," said one.
Weirdly sexualised slogans on young babies’ clothing seem surprisingly popular. Last year, online retail giant Amazon was slammed for selling a black cotton toddlers’ all-in-one bearing the slogan "Daddy’s Little F*** Toy".
Alongside it was a similar garment printed with the words: "I just look illegal," according to campaigners. Amazon discontinued the items as soon as it was brought to their attention.
Professor Marci Hamilton of Philadelphia-based anti-abuse think tank Child USA said at the time: "It is outrageous that baby clothing with this language appears anywhere on the web let alone Amazon."
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