Sometimes I Loathe the World…

And here is why:

thomas-knauer-sews-future-mrs-bieber(Photo via chron.com)

So, we were unfortunately at the mall today with Bee — I really needed new trousers — and we wandered past The Children’s Place only to see this tee shirt. I stopped cold in my tracks, turned Bee around, and resolved to never buy anything for Bee from there ever again (even if they have the cords that seem to fit Bee perfectly).

It would be one thing if this shirt were for teenagers, a rather frightening thing, but within the realm of the not-entirely-horrifying. But no, this one starts with a small that is for five-year-old girls. WTFF!!! (That would be What The Flying Fuck!)

Not only does this disturb me, but it truly offends me as a father of a little girl. That is what we culturally find acceptable to have our wee ones aspire to? Where is the Future Supreme Court Justice shirt for Bee???

I guess I’ll have to make that for her to fend of the enormous sense of revulsion I feel right now. Grrr…

Hugs (and a bit of surliness),
Thomas

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13 Responses to Sometimes I Loathe the World…

  1. 1
    Jan says:

    I whole heartily agree. This makes me so glad my daughters are adults in their 40′s.

  2. 2

    My husband and myself completely agree with you!! Our daughter is 7 why would we want her to grow up with that aspiration. What about the future President!

  3. 3
    jodi meenan says:

    Thank you on behalf of women for your response, Thomas! I, personally, almost had to run to toilet to barf when I saw your post! Come ON, women! Oh, man, I could go on and on but I will spare you! This really struck a cord in me! I don’t usually use certain language, but in this case: WTFF!

  4. 4
    Maggie Magee says:

    I agree with you, Thomas!

  5. 5

    I hear you … I hear you … where are the future quilter shirts eh? or future nerd? or future balanced kind human being?

  6. 6
    Amy says:

    I totally agree & yet I am also so very happy not to see a Disney Princess, Dora, etc.

    (My toddler is stuck with the lamest parents ever who do not consume licensed products.)

  7. 7
    May says:

    absolutely agree with you. but probably more sad about the fact that there are parents out there buying this stuff. :(

  8. 8
    Shari says:

    I don’t think I was ever so happy to have had boys as our first day of elementary school. What some parents allow their children (especially girls) to wear to school is atrocious!

  9. 9

    Ugh.

    And don’t get me started on bikinis for girls – whether they’ve hit puberty or not. We had a bathing suit mishap (as in, I forgot them at my brother’s place 3 hours away and we had swimming lessons). Ran to the closest store first thing in the morning and all they had were bikinis. Thank goodness they were on the clearance rack because after 1 wearing they are going in the trash! Who the hell puts a 3 year old in a bikini?

  10. 10
    cinzia says:

    while i understand your reasons for disliking this kind of stuff, i have to say that we should give our girls more credit. While my tween daughter says she wants to marry JB, I know that everything else we’ve taught her so far is helping her towards aspiring for something much more significant. Even if she were to wear the shirt (proudly i might add) she knows that it’s just plain fun. She’s just a crazed fan after all, just like I wished to marry Shaun Cassidy when I was her age (hardly the same ting as putting young girls in skimpy bikinis).

    • 10.1
      thomas says:

      I totally understand your point, but my concern was not and is not pre-teen girls wearing these. What I find disturbing is having them for five-year-old girls. While a pre-teen can recognize the complexities of fantasy and play, kindergarten aged children lake the experience or ability for such complex reasoning. It sets up a paradigm at such an early age that I bluntly find to be horrid. If the sizing started at middle-school aged that would be one thing, but children’s small (age 4-6) is a wholly different matter. That context, I believe, is incredibly important. Heck, my wee Bee will fit in shirts that size in about 6 months and she has enormous difficulty differentiating between her make-believe roles and herself. The fantasy life you describe is just fine, I’d even say important, for the appropriate age group, but The Children’s Place has thoroughly crossed that line with these shirts at the ages they are making them for, or so it seems to me.

  11. 11
    Rachel says:

    Looked at and am enjoying your blog after reading the intro from Sew, Mama, Sew. Thanks for all the great material and commentary!
    Just had to post a comment here after all the ‘where’s the future president/supreme court justice/etc tee shirt?’ comments and say that last week, I bought my 9-year-old Bea a tee-shirt that says ‘Someday a woman will be President’ and she loves it! Unfortunately, I can’t tell you where to go find such things, since this one came from a thrift store.

    • 11.1
      thomas says:

      I will be making her more and more tee shirts with what she wants to say, but I would kill for a pic of that shirt!!! Thanks for commenting and visiting… #Hugs

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