Kate Gosselin Sexualizes Her Young Daughter To Feed Her Fame-Hole

Kate Gosselin needs to learn that sometimes you don’t need to share everything with the world. Over the years, my daughter has clomped around the house in my stilettos, broken into my makeup bag and painted her face like a burlesque clown, and ran around the house half naked. Kids do stuff like this. It’s normal and silly and goofy and cute and nothing is wrong with playing dress up or exploring gender roles or even being half-naked in the privacy of a family home.

On Saturday Kate Gosselin tweeted an update with accompanying photo that she probably should have kept private. Not because there is anything sinister or wrong with what the photograph depicts, but because some things you just don’t need to share with the internet. Posting a photo of your 11-year-old-daughter in your highest heels to the 100,000 strangers who follow you on Twitter may not be the smartest idea, but no one has ever mistaken Kate Gosselin for being the sharpest knife in the kitchen drawer.
Kids try on their mom’s shoes. This happens every hour of every day in every house with kids. I did it, you did it, our kids have done it. There is nothing wrong with that. But posting a picture on the internet, of your 11-year-old’s bare legs, her toenails pedicured and painted, clad in peep-toe satin and glitter heels, it’s just plain creepy. Kate Gosselin doesn’t know every single one of her Twitter followers personally. She doesn’t know who is glancing at the photograph and saying “Cute, my kids did that” or who is uploading the photograph to some terrible child exploitation website. And by posting this picture, she is inadvertently sexualizing her 11-year-old kid.

It can be argued that child sex abusers can find any photograph of a kid “sexy.” That even the most innocent picture of a kid fully dressed and standing there can be exploited by child predators for nefarious purposes. And although I agree there is nothing wrong with a kid trying on her mom’s high heels, looking at the picture of Mady it’s obvious to me that posting it on the internet was a bad idea. It isn’t a picture of a kid being silly and playing dress-up, it looks like a slightly menacing sexualized photograph of a girl standing, her legs apart, teetering helplessly on too-big heels in a darkened room. And Kate Gosselin didn’t need to post it, but I suppose it can also be argued that Kate Gosselin uses any excuse to exploit any of her eight children for attention and publicity, whether good or bad, to feed her gaping maw of a fame hole. So cue the comment frenzy both outraged and sympathetic from her Twitter followers, Kate Gosselin gets to feed her need for attention at the cost of sexualizing her young daughter.

(Photo: Kate Gosselin twitter)

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    • http://twitter.com/preesi preesi

      [QUOTE] It isn’t a picture of a kid being silly and playing
      dress-up, it looks like a slightly menacing sexualized photograph of a girl
      standing, her legs apart, teetering helplessly on too-big heels in a darkened
      room.[/QUOTE]

      NO, what it looks like is a picture taken by a SexPest (UK Word) in a bar pkg lot by a hidden shoe cam

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        Good one! Glad I’m not alone in this !

      • Spumoni

        Preesi has been stalking Kate article comment sections, and in some cases Kate G herself for years. She either wants to marry her or wants to be her.

      • PJ77

        And you know this because you’ve been watching her stalking articles? Hmmm,

      • AnnC

        Woa. I had not thought of that.. and it does seem to fit with the photo.

        If a friend posted a similar pic, i would be texting/calling her ASAP with a quick word. You know how social media is, sometimes we don’t realize that pics from our cameras go up on our feed.

        But in this case, looks like Mom knew what she was doing.. and was unaware of the message being sent.

        Still doesn’t make it right.

    • Lizzy G

      You are not alone! But Kate’s sick determination to do everything her way, irregardless of the consequences will some day come back to haunt her. She will never back down, remember that’s her mantra. She is sick beyond words and her children will suffer from her ‘mothering’. It is truly sad to watch this playing out before our eyes, with her few sheeple defending her every move.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        I looooove the term sheeple.

      • Bunny

        I don’t love irregardless.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        But sheeple is great!

      • spumoni

        The word was almost clever about 10 years ago.

    • dragons

      What Kate G and her supporters and hangers on don’t seem to understand is that, although there is nothing wrong with taking the photo and putting it in the family album, or sharing it with the grandparents and aunts/uncles (oh, I forgot. Kate has expunged these people from her kids’ lives), it is poor judgment and best and fame whoring and exploitative at worst, to put it out for public consumption. Kate also doesn’t seem to understand that she isn’t being “bullied” for putting the photo out there, she is being criticized, and rightly so.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        Excellent point. It’s a photo for family only.

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    • Confused

      So why would you re-post the “sexualized” pic of an 11-year-old here??

      • LaNeshe Miller

        Good question. That does seem to be the opposite of what one with the point of view of the article should do. Is it possible it was posted to heighten views? The same thing the author accuses Kate of doing?

      • PJ77

        It’s difficult to write an opinion piece about a photo and not have the photo to refer to. If I were writing this, I would have had a link to a site that does have it. I’m not criticizing, just suggesting for the future.;)

      • duh

        ding ding ding! We have a winner! The hypocrite award goes to Eve Vawter.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        I didn’t take the pic, nor did I post it on twitter, nor am I in charge of any of the other news websites who have posted it. That being said, I appreciate your point and if Kate takes it down I will as well.

    • koolchicken

      This is veering too much towards child porn. I didn’t even realize those were child’s legs at first, I thought it was a stock photo. Silly me, I never thought the author would actually repost the objectionable photo. If I had to pick what I think is most creepy/pervy KG or the author I’d say it’s the author of this article. Maybe her editor needs to look into whats she’s posting from now on…

      • BrendaKilgour

        With that sort of attitude the daily news would be about 12 seconds long. Sometimes you have to show the stupid to point out the stupid.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        That’s my job, showing the stupid.

      • PJ77

        So you blame the author and not the person who took the photo and posted it in the first place? Really? Sounds a bit skewed to me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=666877779 Jennifer Cabaniss Wheeler

      I have a HUGE plastic tub full of pics of my 5 kids and 6 grandkids, from birth until now (24 years worth of pics). About 1/8 of them, the kids are in some state of undress/nudity. Before anyone freaks out…what I mean is: there are lots of pics from the actual births of all 5 of my kids that only my and my husband’s eyes have seen, pics of them in the bathtub over the years, pics of them in their bathing suits at the beach or pool, pics of them in their underwear running around the house or watching tv or even sleeping, pics on the potty chair, etc. You will NEVER see me post those pics or even show them to others. Why? Because they are private moments of my childrens’ lives. I thought they were cute, I captured those moments on film for them and they very much enjoy looking through the pics when they come over. Lately, we do a lot of “comparing” of the kids’ pics. My son will pull some pics out and say things like, “Wow, my son looks just like me in this pic! How old was I?” Or “My daughter looks just like my older sister in this pic!”. My daughter-in-law’s loves the “nekid” pics of their husbands as a baby/toddler but OMG I would never show them to a neighbor, much less the whole world! The only people who think those intimate pics of my kids are cute are myself, my husband and my kids! I don’t want to see any of your children in different states of undress anymore than you want to see mine LOL. I seriously question the agenda of anyone who thinks it’s a wise idea to share those intimate photos with total strangers. The fact that Kate took a cropped photo of her pre-teens bare legs in hooker heels and posted it, knowing it was going to garner the attention she so desperately craves, should tell readers/viewers a lot about this woman’s thought process. She continues to expose 8 vulnerable children to over 110,000 fans and freaks. Everyone knows what the kids look like, where they live, where they go to school, what their daily schedule is, what classes they’re taking in school, etc etc etc because Kate shares every single detail of their lives with 110,000 Twits. I’m guessing there is at least ONE whacka-doodle/pedophile in that group. The risk is just too great. I can only wonder and speculate what will happen in a few short years when her girls have access to cell phones, internet, twitter, etc…what kind of pics will they be posting of themselves? If mom is ok with stripper heel pics at age 11, pretty much nothing will be off limits by the time they’re 14. Just sayin’

    • Liz

      ” although” – one word. Not “all though” – that would be ALL the thoughs..

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        Thank you SO Much, ugh how awful I fixed it. eeeeeek.

    • Spumoni

      I find it strange and disturbing you are assigning such prurience to this photo. It’s so church lady-like, I expect to hear the mention of some “bulbous region.” Ooh, it’s in the dark! Ooh, her legs are apart!” What? Really?

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        I’m rather church ladyesque when it comes to the sexualization of kids, I fully admit that.

    • spumoni

      Why are my comments gone?

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        I see two comments from you, are there more? sometimes disquis acts wonky.

    • amby

      Ok, first off, doesn’t anyone have anything better to do then bash this “celebrity” for posting a picture of her daughter wearing her heels? Really? It also strikes me as strange how someone who isn’t a pedophile is noticing things like “legs spread apart, dark, teetering…”, because when I saw it, I saw a little girl wearing her moms high heels, not a sexy picture. So stupid. I have a picture of my kids in the bath on my facebook, no privates showing, I guess that makes me a terrible parent.

    • PJ77

      It’s difficult to write an opinion piece about a photo and not have the photo to refer to. If I were writing this, I would have had a link to a site that does have it. I’m not criticizing, just suggesting for the future.;)

    • PJ77

      So you blame the author and not the person who took the photo and posted it in the first place? Really? Sounds a bit skewed to me.

    • jenny

      Seriously? “if Kate takes it down I will as well”??? isn’t that a bit… childish? and not at all in the best interest of the child (if what you say is wrong about the picture is true). I’m really disappointed in this response.

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