J.Crew recently posted an Instagram photo of a young boy in a pink ‘feminist’ t-shirt
J.Crew recently posted an Instagram photo of a young boy wearing a pink t-shirt with the words “I am a feminist too” and hoo boy — the trolls immediately came forth to comment their ire over it.
The shirt in question is part of J.Crew’s collaboration with retailer prinkshop, a company that makes no apologies for emblazoning hot-button issues on their clothing.
From prinkshop’s website: “prinkshop identifies issues that need to be addressed; our bold, text-based graphic products feature issues ranging from women’s reproductive rights and push for equality to education and gun control.”
For reasons unbeknownst to feminists everywhere, feminism is apparently considered a “hot-button issue” even though it literally just means believing in gender equality. It’s not exactly a radical notion, but don’t tell that to the anti-feminists coming forth in droves to vocalize their anger at J.Crew for their choice in t-shirt collabs.
Here’s a small sampling of what grown adults are publicly commenting on a photo of a young child:
Equating feminism with abuse and indoctrination? No. Just, no.
For its part, J.Crew is donating 10 percent of the retail price of these limited edition shirts to Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign. The “I am a feminist too” shirt has since sold out on J.Crew’s online store.
Look, I have a two-year-old. She can’t read, and she certainly can’t comprehend political ideologies and movements at this given time. Does that stop me from buying similar shirts with similar sayings and putting her in them? Nope. I plan on making sure conversations about topics like feminism are always part of her life anyway. While I suppose you could say I’m “pushing my political agenda” — OF EQUALITY — onto her by doing this, I’m pretty confident she’s not going to hold a grudge against me for it later in life. (Though I’m still a little salty about my parents making me rock a full-blown mullet and saddle shoes for the entirety of my toddlerhood, I admit.)
All parents attempt to pass on their ideologies and beliefs to their kids. Good parents let kids absorb this information and accumulate their own information and then form their own thoughts and opinions about the world around them.
Don’t like the t-shirt? Don’t buy it.