“Sorry if it offends you": Our response to Base Warehouse defence of penis dummies


[Win! The Base Warehouse removes 'Dicky Pacifiers'. We are pleased to announce these have now been removed from their website!
Thank you to everyone who took action and contacted The Base Warehouse.]

Today we launched a campaign to force The Base Warehouse to remove a penis dummy from its stores.

Introducing the ‘Dicky Pacifier’, a novelty penis-shaped dummy from The Base Warehouse. We’re wondering whose idea it was to pair a dummy - an item intended to go in babies mouths - with a blatant reference to oral sex?
While this particular dummy may be marketed for adult use, the overtly sexual nature of a product associated with babies contributes to the sexualisation of children. We’re calling on The Base Warehouse to withdraw the Dicky Pacifier from sale.


Many supporters have taken action and called out this product which links babies and oral sex and contributes to a paedophilic aesthetic.

In part of its dismissive response, The Base Warehouse says “Sorry it is offends you” with a hand and heart emoticon.

This is not an issue of personal offence or taste. Our opposition is based on harm to children.

Researcher Rebecca Whisnant distinguishes between offence and harm. Offence is “something that happens in one’s head”, whereas harm is “an objective condition, not a way of feeling; to be harmed is to have one’s interests set back, to be made worse off, to have one’s circumstances made worse than they were....”

We have documented this creeping increase in associating children with sex for 15 years (for example https://www.smh.com.au/opinion/the-dark-world-of-paedophilia-exposed-20140413-zqu8v.html).

Attempts to paint those who object to products like this as easily offended, prudish or hung up is a deliberate tactic to silence those who might threaten company profits. It is also a way of avoiding engaging in meaningful discussions about how companies like this contribute to the sexualisation of babies and children.

We will not let The Base Warehouse reduce our advocacy for children as personal offence. We will continue to remind them of their social responsibility and not turn child sex offending into a gag.

Contact The Base Warehouse and demand they ditch the Dicky Pacifier:

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  • Collective Shout
    published this page in News 2023-12-08 15:47:48 +1100

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