Back when I was an undergraduate student at the University of Massachusetts, I took several women’s studies classes and worked/interned at the Media Education Foundation. I have to say that throughout all my coursework and learning, one of the things that struck me the most was the blatant hyper-sexualization of women and girls in media. Sure, it made me want to puke back then, but as a single man, I never had to deal with that sort of thing.
It’s also been about a decade since then, and I haven’t ever owned my own television… so I’ve been kind of out of the loop.
Then, the other day, I read an article that got my wheels spinning again: The 7 Most Baffling Things About Women’s Clothing.
Now that I’m the father of an almost 6 year old WarriorPrincess, this stuff is back in my face. When buying jeans for her, I noticed that they didn’t feel right. They felt stretchy. And when she put them on, they hugged her bottom and her thighs and flared past her knee. I must’ve not been thinking straight, because I didn’t stop to check the label (like I do with all of our food) or question the cut of the jeans (riding low, accentuating curves she doesn’t/shouldn’t have). Against all signs from the universe, I bought them.
Within less than a month of wear, the material started ripping, and I woke up. I finally looked at the label. “Girl” jeans are not made of 100% cotton like “boy” jeans. They are made of over 50% cheap synthetic materials including spandex. No wonder. How could I have been so stupid?
I’ve started taking WarriorPrincess over to the “boy” side of the store (as well as the thrift store), where she can get durable, lasting jeans. She doesn’t mind at all, as long as they look and feel good. The “boy” skinny jeans fit her perfectly, don’t rip, are made from 100% cotton, and they look great without accentuating curves she doesn’t have!
Tell me about your adventures in kid clothes shopping!
– Full-length previews of Media Education Foundation‘s documentaries on their website.
– One teacher’s approach to preventing gender bullying in a classroom