Offensive Tees for Girls from F21 and JCPenny, Topman

on Sep 16, 2011 @ 04:54 pm

I heard about this J.C. Penny t-shirt online a few days a go and read the article, was a bit offended but otherwise didn't pay much attention. Here is a pic:

Kind of offensive right? Silly, but offensive.

Then Forever 21 came out with these tees along the same lines:

Are they promoting the idea that girls aren't smart?

Then Topman came out with these tees:

I don't get it- why are there so many of these popping up? What are retailers thinking????

Are you offended by these? In my opinion, it's just plain bad business too, I mean if there is a chance someone will be offended- why even do it?

What do you think?

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2 Replies

Trouble Tees on Sep 19, 2011 @ 01:40 am

I have to agree with you alexjc. These are definitely sending the wrong message and I consider myself a pretty laid-back person. If I had a daughter there's no way I would let her wear any of these. I think it is promoting bad attitudes that so many teens (I was one of them) don't need any additional "help" forming. The shirts make it seem like this is an OK mindset to have which is just so wrong. Sad.

same trick, different words on Sep 19, 2011 @ 02:46 pm

Well, we've had this kind of stupid messaging for a while now. I don't remember which major retailer it was (probably several), but they were incorporating the playboy bunny into designs for everything from t-shirts to bikinis for girls even as young as the 7-16 size groupings.

There are a lot of inappropriate clothing items if you go into many stores. I am very particular about what my daughter wears and won't let her touch anything that's remotely derogatory - whether "I'm a dumb girl" or sex kittenish.

Do you know that most preteen bras have some degree of padding? And we're not talking a thin layer to add modesty - I mean cup size boosting kind of padding.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there who think this all is a riot. People of all ages and all backgrounds. It's a mini-me culture, and all you have to do is look at certain "reality" shows to know that's true (*cough* Toddlers....).

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