The Indoctrination Begins at a Young Age

I can’t believe no one brought this to my attention before, but Parisian photographer Malo created a series of images of professions babies could one day fall into through the eyes of their parents.

Two of them are just frightening:

I think Malo spoke to my parents for this one:

This little piggy went to the nursery. Omnomnom:

And this one’s just awesome:

There are more where those came from

(via My Modern Met — Thanks to Sophie for the link!)

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  • Anonymous

    I cry foul on the little bullfighter being “awesome”. Bullfighters are arrogant, self-obsessed douchenozzles who make a living out of torturing animals to death for sport, with the added side-effect of being a stain on the honor of a nation that largely hates them.

    Baby is really cute, but I’d prefer him in his birthday suit.

  • Anonymous

    I cry foul on the little bullfighter being “awesome”. Bullfighters are arrogant, self-obsessed douchenozzles who make a living out of torturing animals to death for sport, with the added side-effect of being a stain on the honor of a nation that largely hates them.

    Baby is really cute, but I’d prefer him in his birthday suit.

    • DBergy65

      I would suggest that the baby in his birthday suit would be the best option since it would mean the child could grow up without any preconceived notions and become whatever he wants to be.

      • Anonymous

         VERY NICE comment, DBergy65.  Hat’s off to you.

      • Anonymous

         VERY NICE comment, DBergy65.  Hat’s off to you.

      • http://twitter.com/Cafeeine Cafeeine

         Either that, or a nudist.

      • http://twitter.com/Cafeeine Cafeeine

         Either that, or a nudist.

    • DBergy65

      I would suggest that the baby in his birthday suit would be the best option since it would mean the child could grow up without any preconceived notions and become whatever he wants to be.

    • Kevin_Of_Bangor

      What Claudia said.

    • Kevin_Of_Bangor

      What Claudia said.

    • Tigerboy

      I absolutely agree! Bullfighting is not “awesome.” I view that picture in exactly the same way as the one where the baby is dressed as a butcher wearing a bloody apron and holding a meat cleaver. The wholesale, needless slaughter of animals is revolting. Torturing and slaughtering animals in an arena, for entertainment, is revolting times ten! Gross. I love Spain. I love Spanish culture, but I find their fascination with bullfighting, even making it a part of their national pride and identity, to be sickening.

      • Anonymous

         Please don’t believe that bullfighting is something that Spaniards normally like. In fact, only a minority (around 12%) watch it with any regularity, and fully two thirds of Spaniards oppose the existence of bullfighting. It’s actually been banned in one area of the country. The problem is that its heavily subsidized and gets relentlessly promoted by authorities because its traditionally been a “sport” for the entertainment of the rich, and the people who make money off bullfighting often come from very old and very wealthy families, so the views of the majority of Spaniards are not represented.

        It’s a national shame that this bloodsport is so closely identified with our identity and I think agitating for it’s banning is appropriate, it’s just that I defend Americans from Spaniards who think all Americans are creationist fundamentalists and I want to defend Spaniards from Americans who might think Spaniards are bloodthirsty sadists.

        • Tigerboy

          That is really good to know. Thank you, Claudia! I meant it when I said I love Spain. Such a beautiful language. Such a beautiful culture. I love Spanish art. I love Spanish cuisine. Madrid is gorgeous. Barcelona is gorgeous. I love the architecture. I love the Spanish people. I am very glad to learn that bullfighting is not as popular as I thought. You make an excellent point about making assumptions. I HATE that the rest of the world thinks all Americans are fundamentalists. I don’t like being lumped into that group! I am an atheist. I am a vegan. I love animals. I appreciate your efforts to help me understand the real situation with bullfighting. Thank you. I hope this barbarism can eventually be stopped.

  • Annie

    The butcher is my favorite!  But I also like how the bishop/pope (not sure what he’s supposed to be) is clasping his hands.  I went to the linked site, and it appears this is a very boy-heavy campaign… or perhaps I can’t tell boy and girl babies apart as much as I thought?

    • Anonymous

       I think that all the pictures are the same baby, including the ballerina. I would tentatively guess it’s a baby boy, but at that age you never know.

      • Annie

        I just looked at them again (this time with glasses on)…  you’re right, they are the same baby!   

  • Annie

    The butcher is my favorite!  But I also like how the bishop/pope (not sure what he’s supposed to be) is clasping his hands.  I went to the linked site, and it appears this is a very boy-heavy campaign… or perhaps I can’t tell boy and girl babies apart as much as I thought?

  • Kevin

    Hmm – at what point does a cute picture become child abuse?  One or two perhaps is ok if there was a purpose to the baby ‘dressing-up’; but a whole series where a human being has been co-opted without their knowledge for a parent’s gratification or ‘art’ – that feels a little sick and exploitative.  

    • http://twitter.com/Cafeeine Cafeeine

      If the issue was ‘co-opting’ the baby, then why is it ok for just one or two pics?

      If it were abuse, most parents that take amateur pics of their kids in weird outfits would be abusers. I don’t see that.

    • http://twitter.com/Cafeeine Cafeeine

      If the issue was ‘co-opting’ the baby, then why is it ok for just one or two pics?

      If it were abuse, most parents that take amateur pics of their kids in weird outfits would be abusers. I don’t see that.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FDGYHBEWVNGUG763L5X4TON3JQ Nazani14

    Call me crazy, but I still have largely positive associations with Franciscan monks.  My experience with them is of large guys who keep the bird feeders full and spend most of their time in comfy country abbeys, supporting themselves by making awesome junk food.  I think monastic-style living arrangements should have a place in the modern, secular world,  minus the mandatory celibacy and getting up at unreasonable hours.  C’mon, I know there are plenty of people who’d be happy wearing a bathrobe all day and never commuting again.

    • Gunstargreen

      We had some Franciscan monks in our town for a few months before they relocated with the Catholic church’s bishop. I can’t say I agree with their religion of course but they had a pretty sweet life living off of generous donations and were the nicest guys I ever met. They didn’t really preach, proselytize or judge you when they’d volunteer to help people out by doing stuff like shoveling their cars out of the snow. I liked those guys.

      They were like opposite nuns.

  • Michael

    This is brilliant!

  • Anonymous

    omg…how cute….and i dont even like kids…lol


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