Wow! This is pretty incredible. “I’m too pretty to do homework, so my brother has to do it for me.” Really?! Apparently feminism has not yet touched JC Penney. This isn’t cute; it’s degrading. It’s like those shirts that say “what are you looking at?” right across the boobs…but for kids.
Like the original blogger, I wonder whether a man or woman designed this; however, odds are, it had to pass through multiple levels of approval by people of both genders, so that is really a moot point. When will “fashion” stop belittling girls? Fashion like this has stereotyped little girls and boys “forever”. Fashion is of course one of the major social cues we use to decide what gender someone is. With children (especially babies), that can be murky, so parents often resort to hyper-gendering their kids. This is not only socially acceptable, it is expected. Huge bows vs. baseball caps, camo shirts vs. pink frills. Girls generally get a little more leeway with clothing. They can wear camo as long as they have a bow, or they can wear a football jersey with a skirt. I’m just as guilty of the football jersey one as anyone else (I’ll have to post those pics sometime), but the main issue with these types of shirts is that the sparkly “girlishness” of the shirt already says “GIRL” loudly and clearly. “Girl” already carries enough baggage without attempting to excuse some of that baggage by making it explicit. Cuteness over intellect is, sadly, still endorsed by many a college and adult woman, and some of that may be tied back to things like this.
Let’s break the cycle people! I’m almost as girly as they come (not quite, though I have been told that I “prance” when I walk), but there is a difference between being feminine and being incapable. A difference between being feminine and being lazy. Please don’t saddle children with those characteristics by putting a “cute” label on them; it isn’t cute.