Parents Outraged Over 'Sexist' T-Shirt Messages Need to Relax (VIDEO)

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Children's Place t-shirtI love a good cause to rant about, no doubt. Give me a restaurant that bans kids or a group that wants to ban fat kids from participating, and I'll pull out my soapbox quicker than anyone. When it comes to t-shirts for kids with less than virtuous messages, however ... meh.

The latest ones to rile up parents come from The Children's Place. The t-shirts for girls sport messages like, "Born to Wear Diamonds" and the most controversial one which read, "My Best Subjects" with boxes checked underneath for shopping, music, and dance, while the one for math is left conspicuously blank. Under that it reads, "Well, nobody's perfect."

Customers were outraged and took to the company's Facebook page to slay them with cries of sexism and purporting archaic messages to our girls.

For example, user Rebecca Kenton wrote, "NOT cute, Children's Place. This is not 1953. Stop making it fashionable for girls to be dumb. Parents are sick of this garbage."

Point taken, and I would never buy one for my daughter. Mainly because I don't think it's cute at all, and it's not even clever. But does it outrage me? Not really. 
I understand where people are coming from, and I believe more needs to be done to encourage girls in the fields of math and science, but it's a t-shirt. It's supposed to be funny. With all of the awful messages out there in the world for our girls, this is the least of our worries.

I suppose you can argue that it all adds up, but if you give that much power to a t-shirt, then that's sad. We as parents are the ones who have to set the example; we are the parents who can show our daughters those t-shirts and tell them why we don't like them. If we're that worried that a t-shirt can damage their self esteem when it comes to math, then we're doing something wrong.

Also, the fact is that some girls don't like math, and music and dancing are nothing to sneeze at. If they said "girls suck at math" that would be one thing, but as they are they're just tacky at most. If a boy wore one like this with the saying, "Down with homework!" no one would say it's because the company is saying boys aren't good at homework.

After all of the hoopla, The Children's Place did pull the shirts and apologize. But if parents think they won anything that matters by getting the store to do so then they're sorely mistaken.

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Do you think these t-shirts are outrageous? Would you let your kid wear one?

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Elaine Cox

Im sure the same parents were crying over the girls shirts that read "boys are stupid..throw rocks at them" or something like that...

katyq katyq

These things are girly and there is nothing wrong with girls being girly. I know that this is an era where some parents raise gender neutral kids and keep their gender a secret and all....but i think most of us are still normal.

Ashley Littlejohn

Music and dancing require so much attention. I could argue my aunt is a world class shopper. I'd kill to be shopping sauvé like she is! Not just good deals on clothes, but food and toys and everything! But that shirt made me laugh because math is used in all 3 of the other things. So I really don't understand why parents got all worked up over it.

nonmember avatar guest

I agree people are getting way to worked up! I have a masters degree in math but think the shirt is kind of funny, I would probably buy it for my daughter especially if she was like me and really good at math.

SaphireH SaphireH

so what i suck at math but great at the rest

LoriA... LoriAnn87

I think this shirt was really cute and don't see anything wrong with. Some parent's just have too much time on there hands and complian about everything. Get over there is nothing sexist about the shirt.

bnowak1 bnowak1

You all can say how ridiculous it is that these parents are outraged by a tshirt but maybe you should take a look at the wage gap between women and men in our workforce today. When we teach our daughters that they don't have to be smart as long as they are pretty.. they won't care about trying to make the most out of their life and pursuing equalness for women. Men will remain in control and in charge, which means they get to keep making decisions about women's bodies. It is all just a way for our masculine society to keep repressing women without women thinking twice about it. If you are outraged by the abortion law in Texas, or believe in pro-choice, you definitely need to take a look at how something as different as a little girls t-shirt and abortions can be so similar at the same time. When you fight one, you fight the other. 

lulou lulou

Im one of the outraged ones .For all your reasons, but also even simpler, you cant be good at shopping if you are not good at math. Not to mention something like retail analytics.  As for music,dance, art, go watch Donald Duck in Mathemagicland, a classic. 

silen... silentlady

Congratulations for setting feminism back a few should be ashamed by your apathetic attitude about such a blatant display of sexism.

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