What messages would you rather your child wears?
“Born to wear diamonds.”
Or: “I need a hero.”
Maybe: “Happy and smiley.”
“Fun, fashion and friends.”
Or “Social butterfly.”
What messages would you rather your child wears?. Image via IStock.
Or what about “The scholar.”
“Think outside the box,” or “Adventure’s ahead.”
If you could choose a message which one would you want your child proudly conveying to the world?
Writer Clementine Ford played a game of swaps at her local chain store, swapping the boy’s T-shirts for the girls while shopping for children’s clothing.
Ms Ford wrote: “Just did a little espionage in K-Mart switching the “happy and smiley” tees from the girls’ aisle with the “Brave and Strong” ones from the boys."
Her post quickly racked up the likes with howls of bravo and virtual cheers of applause.
One poster writing: “My daughters are brave and strong. After all, they take after their mum…No way would I buy the girl intended tee.”
Of course she’s not the first to call out the major retailers to give parents more options when it comes to messages and designs on kids' clothing.
Just last month an eight-year-old British girl Daisy Edmonds called out British retailer Tesco after she saw the T-shirts on offer.
While the boys’ shirts Daisy saw spouted messages like ‘Think outside the box’ and ‘Hero’ – the girls’ shirt slogans conveyed something slightly less inspiring.
Messages like: ‘I feel fabulous’, ‘Beautiful and ‘Hey!’ – and, as Daisy points out, “what is ‘hey’ even supposed to mean?”
“I don’t find that inspiring. What part of ‘Hey’ is great? I don’t get it", the inspiring eight-year-old said in a video filmed by her mum that went viral.
“It's unfair because everyone thinks that girls should just be pretty and boys should just be adventurous," she said.
"I think that's wrong because why should boys and girls clothes even be separated? Because we're just as good as each other."
Daisy disappointed by what was on offer. (image Facebook/lollyanddoodle)
Daisy then conducts her own “espionage” by placing some boy shirts in the girls' section with a big grin on her face.
Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter, told The Huffington Post that clothing can influence how children perceive themselves.
“I can’t say one shirt, one Barbie doll ... that one thing is not going to be a tipping point of making a difference, but it’s the culture they grow up in that, of course, socializes them,” Orenstein said
"There is such a large subset of messages that remind girls that they are not supposed to be assertive or they’re not supposed to be good at science or math or reinforce the idea that how you look is more important than who you are.”