Pretty Brains

You may have seen the kerfuffle over on The Twitter this morning over the JC Penny shirt for girls that said “I’m too pretty for homework so my brother has to do it”. Wrong on so many levels. I can’t even begin to list the myriad of reasons it’s wrong. Well, I could, but I’ll refrain for the moment. The shirt was taken down within about two hours from the first post I saw about it.
However, they are still carrying this shirt:

My Best Subjects

I’m grateful to have a daughter who knows the value of her brains. She loves school. She loves to learn new things and her favorite subject is science. She’s 7 but she can tell you the life cycle of many animals, the states of matter, and can multiply numbers in her head without realizing she is doing it. Her brother will grow up to see a woman who is not only beautiful but smart and kind. I’m so upset with the idea that parents would purchase these shirts for their girls and upset with the idea that my daughter will have to see other children wearing them.
(On another note, I could rant about the fact that they would never have shirts like these for boys, but that’s a whole new post waiting to happen.)
Instead, she will wear age-appropriate clothing. If it has a message on it, it will be more like this shirt from Nike:

Nike Girls’ shirt

Meanwhile, her favorites are all about the solar system, vegetables, geeky puns, and peace. I know she’d love these from Woot Shirts:

What trends for kids’ clothing gets your goat?




  1. Sarah Salter says:

    Every year when it comes time for camp, we send out a guideline flyer that includes our dress code. We’re pretty lax on our dress code. We just ask for simple modesty. Yet every year, we have girls that show up looking like miniature strippers in training. And the sad thing? They don’t even realize it. And sadder? Their parents allow it and even endorse it.

    • Sarah says:

      I also see it at parents endorsing with their cash when they purchase these clothes. This attitude makes me even more concerned for the future of our children when our parents worked so hard to break through stereotypes to get us where we are even now.

  2. Nancy P (@npowell) says:

    Great post!

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