Why bother having a mature outlook when you can suckle the infantilist
's dummy-tit until the day you die?
In fact, Barber believes "religion may be the sector with the most potential for resistance from the outside to the infantilist
ethos and its consumer culture."
Barber, setting himself up as a latter-day Max Weber, introduces the idea that contemporary capitalism creates and reinforces an "infantilist
ethos" responsible for the "'dumbing down of goods and shoppers" and the "targeting of children as consumers in a market where there are never enough shoppers" (p.
In this realm of ego psychology, therefore, a second implication for me, and one that is built on the back of the first, is that, regardless of his or her particular sexual and gender identity and orientation, every leatherman or leatherwoman, every infantilist
, fetishist, and polyamorist, every person wrestling with questions of coming out, every gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, heterosexual, or straight person: everyone brings concerns to the therapeutic process that are unique because Everyone brings concerns to the therapeutic dialogue that are simply human: the minority of one again.
The Belgian designer's essayist approach is rife with Peter York's Babytime (in which the style commentator proposes that adults' dressing like children is an abstraction of repudiated social responsibility, the infantilist
embracing of capitalism that bridged hippies to yuppies), but last season he took a more palatable sidestep: skirts and coats fringed with embroidered reproductions of the Bayeux Tapestry and underwear featuring faux Normans and Anglo-Saxons.
Kharms, the black miniaturist, is an exponent not so much of the modernist 'end of the Word' (in a Joycean sense) as of a postmodernist, minimalist and infantilist
'end of the Story' (in a sense again most analogous to Beckett).
, or adult babies, get sexual pleasure from wearing nappies and enjoy being dominated by a woman who takes on the role of mummy.