Originally Posted by heartmama
Okay now you lost me *LOL*
I don't understand what you meant about people not hurting or piercing themselves. I wasn't thinking they did either.
I meant the shirt (the baby's shirt), doesn't represent something invasive. I mean unless you are going to let them freeze in the winter (or in an air conditioned Kroger!), or burn in the sun~it's not exactly life saving medicine...but, I don't know that it's completely a matter of arbitrary parental preference. There is an aspect of the baby's overall comfort when it comes to the necessity of a shirt, right?
I think the problem is that you need a more inflammatory analogy to point out the faulty logic of analogies.
Like, say, using *carseats* to make your point about restraint...
cosue that line of thinking is now rendered moot by dragonfly
Carseats wouldn't work because they are medically necessary. Pinning your child's arms down in order to change a dirty shirt for cosmetic purposes alone (choc syrup stain on the child's shirt is not making the child uncomfortable) is and is not "necessary." In our culture a child "needs" to wear a clean shirt to daycare, just as in another culture, a baby girl needs to wear earings to grandmas. And from what I remember of ear piercing - it is about as painful as having you arms pinned and a shirt pulled over you non-consenting torso.
Course anaologies are all bunk
Now, I am not for ear piercing babes (nor for making them wear a different shirt than they want to daycare). But I am for discussing this issue without hypebole that will change no one's mind.