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AIBU To Think Adressing A Child As Sexy Is Wrong?

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zukiecat Thu 26-Jan-17 18:56:29

I work in my local shop, and most customers are lovely though some are less so

On my shift this morning a mother was addressing her child as "Sexy". As in "Hi Sexy" "Want some juice Sexy" and "Give The Lady your penny Sexy"

The child would have been about 3 or 4 and I know it's none of my business, and if people have nicknames for their child, then that's fine.

But Sexy seemed a bit off or am I being an old fuddy duddy?

JustHavinABreak Thu 26-Jan-17 18:59:42

I agree. Really weird thing to do.

Nataleejah Thu 26-Jan-17 18:59:48

I once met a dog called Sexy. Very strange indeed

perfectlybroken Thu 26-Jan-17 19:00:13

shock maybe mother didn't understand what it meant? Grasping at straws, but possible if she wasn't English.

Stuffedshirt Thu 26-Jan-17 19:01:04

I used to work in the community and calling babies sexy was commonplace. I found it very inappropriate.

zukiecat Thu 26-Jan-17 19:01:52


I'm in NE Scotland and the mother was very definitely local!

Toddlerteaplease Thu 26-Jan-17 19:02:20

Ugh. YNBU. I hate it. Especially when people call babies 'sexy boy'

watchoutformybutt Thu 26-Jan-17 19:02:39

Yanbu, it's horrible.

zukiecat Thu 26-Jan-17 19:04:21

It deed make me feel uncomfortable, just didn't seem right

whereiscaroline Thu 26-Jan-17 19:04:25

Yanbu, it turns my stomach. Ex-SiL used to do this to my son. angry

HedwigHooray Thu 26-Jan-17 19:04:59

An acquaintance of mine refers to my baby Sexy Steve* whenever we see her. Her first language is English. It is very odd.

*not real name!

RoseGoldHippie Thu 26-Jan-17 19:05:17

Maybe that was her name?

BluePheasant Thu 26-Jan-17 19:05:40


zukiecat Thu 26-Jan-17 19:06:39

Glad it's not just me who doesn't like this

Very odd way to address a child

JonSnowsWhore Thu 26-Jan-17 19:12:10

Had this argument on a Facebook page once. People were actually arguing that there was nothing sexual about the word 'sexy' hmm despite a few of us pointing out that if you google it, the very meaning of the word means sexually attractive!

Oh & then those of us who said we didn't agree with it being used on little children were the ones who were 'sick in the head' for finding something sexual about something innocent hmm alright then.

Left that group very soon after!

oleoleoleole Thu 26-Jan-17 19:12:10

Totally inappropriate.

Lorelei76 Thu 26-Jan-17 19:13:54


NetflixandBill Thu 26-Jan-17 19:15:50

I have never come across this and would find it really wierd, but this has been mentioned in threads before and it seems to be quite regional

DJBaggySmalls Thu 26-Jan-17 19:18:59

I dont want to be the voice of doom. But sometimes people do things like this to confuse children. It can make their testimony less believable.
It can also be a way of showing off and demanding attention. Advertising how wrong things are.
I'm not saying that is what was happening in this case. But if your spidey senses scream 'eew' then its better to listen to them.

MrsEricBana Thu 26-Jan-17 19:24:00

A visitor to my house once said "Hi Sexy" to my then toddler ds. I was horrified that she thought it appropriate. Hi Handsome/Cutie etc fine.

Farfromtheusual Thu 26-Jan-17 19:26:52

I hate it too!! My mom and sister both call my DS a 'sexy boy'. Wrong on so many levels hmm

gunsandbanjos Thu 26-Jan-17 19:29:11

That is grim, really can't understand why anyone would think it ok.

ditzychick34 Thu 26-Jan-17 19:30:51

Just plain wrong

TheCustomaryMethod Thu 26-Jan-17 19:30:53

It sounds wrong for a child, and, I think, wrong for anyone with whom you have a close familial relationship. I just tried to imagine telling my sister, mum or dad that they looked 'sexy' and it felt very 'ugh'.

ArmySal Thu 26-Jan-17 19:40:05

A lady I work with calls her granddaughter ''Sexy Lexy''.

Makes me wince.

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