• Tue, Jan 4 2011

Is This SpongeBob Toy Trying to Get Toddlers to Shave Their Pubes?

When I was a little kid, I loved having little pretend versions of my mom’s beauty products. I rubbed plastic lipstick on my mouth and fake blush on my cheeks. Some people might have freaked out at the idea of a little girl playing at being a grownup by trying to imitate adult standards of beauty, but I think I came out relatively un-warped. (Although the number of products under my bathroom sink might say otherwise.)

That said, I’m struggling to find this SpongeBob SquarePants “Bikini Bottom Groom and Go” kit anywhere in the ballpark of pretend makeup. All I’m seeing is “Baby’s First Pube-Shaving Kit.” Yes, I’ve seen SpongeBob before, and I know that the show is set in a place called Bikini Bottom, but labeling the package this way was a serious fail on the part of the manufacturer.

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  • Vanessa

    The answer to your question? No.

    So the packaging is a huge mistake – but come on now it’s hardly part of some conspiracy!

  • Mike

    C’mon now! Stop putting your own warped thoughts to children’s products. I know Sponge Bob quite intimately thanks to a couple of 5 year olds and to them and anyone with kids who knows the show Bikini Bottom only means Sponge Bob’s home town.

  • Lynne

    Oh please. This is such a stupid article.

  • Goldie

    she didn’t say it was a CONSPIRACY. Just a FAIL. I agree. yes— everybody knows what Bikini Bottom is referring to, but “Bikini Bottom Groom and Go” could easily pass for the name of a lady shave kit.

    • Goldie

      though, if you watch spongebob, you’ll notice that they make tongue and cheek grown-up jokes like this all the time. it’s part of why so many parents actually like watching it. they probably did it on purpose. would I buy it for my hypothetical child? YES.

    • Claudette

      no. ha! easily… i hope you dont have kids. you will put them on time out when they say poopy.

  • Lindsay Cross

    Yes, people with kids know what the product is referring to. But no, I wouldn’t buy it for my child. Ever.

  • ANP

    A little credit for putting that on your radar would be nice.

  • Roxie

    Dumb. I didn’t even get what was dirty about it because I watch so much Spongebob with my kids that Bikini Bottom doesn’t even register as a garment anymore.

    Let’s push for MORE censorship, people!

  • bill

    this article just absurd. you made a stupid sexual joke about a harmless child toy and then wrote a story about your joke. as a facebook status update this would have been slightly amusing but as “news” its idiotic.

  • www.WhiskyguyD.com

    Oh get over yourselves… If it wasn’t for pervert parents these kids wouldn’t know what “Shaving your pubes” even means! The idea that people’s minds immediately jump to this makes me wonder what kind of sickos they really are.
    Your kids, in theory, will not know about pube shaving until an awkward moment in a locker-room when they are in highschool… so lay off the “Censorship” crap and try being innocent for once you gutter-minded perverts… (Also, who uses a brush and a comb to shave their pubes? Holy Bush Batman!)
    P.S. If your only focus when buying bath toys for your kids are their sexuality and the grooming of their pre-pubescent bits … stay the hell out of the bathroom and hand your kids to the state :S

  • Eileen

    It’s clearly tongue-in-cheek, which makes it almost funny, but I will admit that as a person with only a passing knowledge of SpongeBob, I did have a ‘wtf?’ moment when I saw the name.

  • Terry

    You’re a quack! You liked putting makeup on because your mom was putting it on. Boys see their dads shaving and want to do it just like dad. This product is a pretend face shaving kit. Do you not see the boy pretend shaving on the box where it says Pretend to shave? It doesn’t say Pretend to shave your pubes.
    Also, I don’t know about you ladies out there but when I “manscape” I don’t use a razor! Are you serious? I don’t want something that sharp anywhere near my balls!

  • Wren

    I highly doubt that A) there are any toddlers with pubes and B) this will be so deeply ingrained in the minds of toddlers that they will one day feel the need to shave their pubes.

  • Robb

    on the packaging, Patrick is peeking at his package. just sayin’.

  • Claudette

    Dude….what kind of kids are you used to? A kid is NEVER going to think that the name of this product is gross or indecent and will NEVER think this is a pube shaving kit. Go wash your brain with soap. There are a lot of other news more worthy of opportunistic critique. Bikini Bottom does not refer to a bikini. Where have you been the last fifteen years?

  • Gray

    Pubic hair refers to puberty, as in you don’t even have pubic hair until you’re probably far too old to be playing with this in the bath. Yes, I’m sure this post was done in jest and not in sincerity, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s still rather stupid. May as well make the next post about toddlers being given “The Bottle” having something to do with drinking alcohol.

  • T Shizzy

    It’s insane that any of you idiots honestly think this package is inappropriately titled. Give me a break it’s a damn pretend shave kit people get your sick and twisted minds out of the gutter.If you even had the thought cross your mind that this was in any way perverted then you might be need to go get yourself checked out cuz there is most definitely something wrong with you. Like it’s been said several times on here little girls see their moms using makeup and they instinctively want to imitate them and the same thing goes for little boys when they see their dad shaving his face. Guys don’t bring their kid in with them and tell them hey buddy watch dad shave his privates now your try (SARACASM). My god it’s amazing how many stupid ignorant people we still have in this world makes me sick that anyone could ever come to any conclusion other than this being a cool little pretend shave kit for little kids grow up people and get a life!

  • T Shizzy

    Also a follow up to Goldie’s earlier comment that the name Bikini Bottom Groom & Go could easily pass as a ladies shave kit. Yea I agree that could easily pass as a ladies shave kit um except for that one thing what’ was it oh yea it’s got a picture of a little kid on the front and the words SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS on the front in big letters I mean come on people think before you speak I’m just sayin!

    • JEeBus!

      EXACTLY! THAT’S WHY IT’S FUCKING ON HERE MORON!!!!!!!

  • Otis

    Whats’ next? Flintstone morning after pills?

  • Don Corrosione

    Naaaaw- it’s nice when little kids join competitions, dressed up like table dancers… Since the frenchies nuked the bikini atoll nobody knows that it is a landscape, so this bikini area shaving kit prepares the young american girls for their jobs when they’re grewn up. Let their parents fight for their right to buy such stuff. What about hello kittie lube jelly, strawberry tasty?

  • Megan

    Good Lord, people, get over yourselves. Do you read this site? Little bits of mockery and opinion about fluff all the time, and it’s called “The Gloss” for a reason–it’s not fucking CNN. The product is funny, and the name raises eyebrows a bit. In no way does that push for censorship or make the author a pervert for calling it a fail. Quit calling out the cavalry.

  • kirkasant

    I couldn’t even understand where you were getting this from. Bikini Bottom is where he LIVES. The package shows a kid shaving his face. Jesus, grow a few brain cells before posting.

    • Dan

      YOU Grow some brain cells! You may watch Spongebob, but other ADULTS do not. Most people would NOT know that’s where he lives, and see “Bikini-bottom Groom & Go” as a bit perverse! I mean, who cares if children don’t get it? The name is still pretty effed!

  • Mimi

    I agree with the writer of this post – it is a weird and inappropriate thing to call a children’s product. I certainly don’t understand why so many people feel the need to insult the writer on what is, after all, a pretty innocent observation!

  • mom of 4

    OMG! Are you serious!? Get your mind out of the gutter. These fake shaving kits have been around for YEARS. I had one when I was a kid (A little girl) and I never onece thought of shaving pubes…Or legs for that matter. I wanted to shave my face just like my dad did. They had Scooby Doo, Flinstones, Smurfs, and now Spongebob. I can’t see where your getting “shaving pubes” from a picture on the box of a boy shaving his face. Just because YOU shave yours doesn’t mean other women do. Anyone that finds your post helpful needs to grow up! Nobody’s telling your toddler to shave their pubes, except for you. The fact that you even thought of that makes you a little creepy in my book.

    • From A Nanny/Mother

      Um, hello?! It’s not the shaving kit that’s the problem, it’s the fact the box says “BIKINI BOTTOM SHAVING KIT” Did you not even notice that? God, give the writer some credit!

    • Oma

      touche ;0

  • WTF

    Get a friggin life!

    • Hero

      Why does commenting on something mean this person doesn’t have a life? In that case, with that logic, you nor I have lives, either. Shut the fuck up.

  • Anne

    This just shows the necessity of appropriate typography. Split it into two lines, and there’s no problem.

    SpongeBob’s
    Bikini Bottom
    Groom n’ go kit

    problem solved. Different fonts would make things clearer as well.

    • Anne

      or three. Sorry. I’m an English major, you do the math.

  • kat

    bikini bottom, lol

  • filly

    its just a box! who cares what the box says? kids dont even think about shaving their underparts nor have any hair to shave so everyone chiiiiiilllllll!!!!

    • H.Mar

      Yeah, but there’s a little thing called “inappropriate marketing” and adult predators who like to sexualize children (um, the innocently unaware you mentioned). Best not to give pedophiles anything to think about when you’re a toy manufacturer. How embarrassing.

  • stacy

    I had a shaving kit exactly like that when I was little and I grew up into a fine woman, so I think. I also used fake lipstick and blush when I was little like the author but today I barely wear eye liner. I think people are over reacting

  • ME

    Bikini Bottom is where SpongeBob lives. The End.

    • ME2

      your absolutely right. If the author is thinking like that, maybe he or she is a sexual predator!!!

  • anonomous

    I agree with the author, its offensive and the cartoon itself is not suitable for kids. it has alot of references to many things that are innappropriate to young children. Unfortunately parents still allow their kids to watch it. Maybe they dont know anybetter but older kids do and they will begin to understand these references. i dont watch it and wouldnt allow my kids to watch it because to me each one of the 7 main characters represent the 7 deadly sins. and mr crabs living in bikini bottom….. just doesnt sound like something i want my kids to watch..