I wanted to share an article I read recently about children’s clothes. The article was published by Upworthy.com and it talks about stereotypical girls’ clothing and how certain companies have taken their designs one step too far, with pictures of products going viral in the past couple years. The article showcases a group of women who were fed up with it and decided to make a difference. It was published about a year ago but the material is all still relevant.
I’m sure at some point all of you have seen the drastic difference in colors and subjects between girls and boys clothing. While you’re strolling through the isles, a sea of pink, princesses, and anything cute and fluffy appear in the young girls’ section, while blue, red, fire trucks, and super heroes fill the young boys’ section. Some companies have made the difference incredibly obvious. Companies have stereotyped girls as young as babies as being self-conscious, uninterested in STEM fields, and in love with anything pink, sparkly, and “girly”, while the boys can be confident, super, and interested in anything from robots to dinosaurs.
In the article, it shows some real baby onesies and girls’ t-shirts where the messages printed on them are criticizing and demeaning to all girls, but the fact that they are being sold for such young girls is astonishing. That’s why a group of women banded their own ideas and companies together and have started to put an end to the ridiculous girls’ clothing stereotypes. The women have created their own children’s clothing companies to stop gender stereotypes for kids and have provided parents plenty of girls’ clothing that fits every personality. (My personal favorite is the orange t-shirt that says “Half of all T-rexes were girls.”)
Upworthy isn’t the only one shedding some light on this subject. The Huffington Post, Bustle, and other news sources have published articles just like this, where they point out sexist and demeaning clothing being advertised and sold to girls. These articles go to show that fashion is more than just a piece of fabric you wear. It describes who you are and sends a message to the impressionable people around you. Clothing is a huge part of our society and what that clothing says puts biases in place, and in the minds of the children wearing that clothing. What you buy and the clothing you wear has a big impact on how you see yourself and how others see you. Girls should be able to express any interest they may have at any age, and shouldn’t be subjected to just a small palate of what society thinks girls should like or care about. Young girls should feel empowered to take on anything or achieve whatever goal their heart desires, whether that’s kicking butt at math or learning about space.
You don’t need to be the damsel in distress, girls. And these women are making sure you know it. Please check out the article; the link is below!