Superhero Underwear for Little Girls Are a Big Step Toward Gender Equality

Batgirl UnderwearAll I can say is it's about darn time. Superhero undies for girls are finally hitting the shelves. Parents have only spent how long buying their daughters packs of boys underwear before it happened? 

I know, I know. I should not look a gift horse in the mouth. Let me just put this out there: I am happy that Fruit of the Loom has paired with DC Comics to bring out a line of superhero underwear for little girls. Ecstatic. Over the moon.


Seriously, I can't scream my kudos to the company loud enough.

But while I'm patting them on the back, I have to say it. I'm tired of being that mom who has to fight tooth and nail for my daughter to have the smallest of pleasures

Because underwear are pretty small, aren't they? Especially little kids' underwear. Before I was a parent, I never even thought about them. I certainly didn't think it would matter what was on them.

Then I gave birth to a daughter, and I found out that kids care -- a lot -- about the piece of fabric covering their bottoms.

Unfortunately, there's no clearer example of the gender divide than the kids' underwear aisle. The girls have the options to wear ponies and princesses. The boys have options to wear toy trucks and superheroes.

Now, if this were the toy aisle, I'd just suck it up, ignore the gender of the kid on the box, and buy whatever my kid wanted. We do it often because my girl who is obsessed with pink and sparkles also has a penchant for toy trucks and a number of other so-called boy things.

But you can't do that with underwear. The cut of the cloth is different to suit the different body types.

So what's a parent to do? Blogger Tom Burns came out awhile back that he'd been buying his daughter boys underwear to satisfy her craving to step beyond the cookie cutter world of girldom. I applauded him for being brave enough to jump over the divide, but the woman in me pondered the comfort (or lack thereof) of wearing clothes not cut for your body.

The mom in me just ranted along with Burns that there were no better options for our girls and, frankly, for our boys. What if someone's son wants to wear Littlest Pet Shop undies? Or My Little Pony?

New superhero underwear for girls is a big step.

Sadly, it's only the first one on a long, long road to letting our kids know that they can be whoever they want to be.

Would you buy superhero undies for your daughter?


Image via Fruit of the Loom

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