To not like this top that a little boy was wearing...?

(68 Posts)
MrsWolowitz Wed 14-Nov-12 14:08:57

At playgroup this morning there was a little boy about 2 years old wearing a top saying "anything girls can do boys can do better"

I was [shocked] and actually pretty angry

Am I being over-sensitive or is that a horrible crappy thing to have emblazoned across anyones chest let alone your little boys?

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Wed 14-Nov-12 19:54:13

I pretty much hate any type of slogan on a tshirt, no matter what statement they are trying to make.

But at least there is finally one that's in favour of boys, because for years up until now, every sexist slogan on a child's top I have seen has been the other way round.

Boomerwang Wed 14-Nov-12 19:58:29

Only adults really get what it implies. YABU about this particular slogan.

inneedofsanity Wed 14-Nov-12 20:11:37

Here we go - another thread to get worked up about how sexist and oppressive towards women society is...apparently.
Its a T - SHIRT!

I must live in a part of the UK where we are oblivious or immune to this stuff. Everyone I know, speak to or interact with just gets on with life. They dont agonise overchildrens t shirts with slogans meant to be funny, or feel that the evil patriarchy is oppressing them at every turn.
I find it sad that we are teaching girls to think the worst of boys and men at every turn.

inneedofsanity Wed 14-Nov-12 20:15:01

Poor repetition of phrase there blush but I get fed up with the mn vitriol about this kind of thing.

dawnpreview Wed 14-Nov-12 20:17:20

Not a child's t-shirt, but look at this one!
http://www.jamrags.com/viewDetail.php?proid=154&color=Navy

Sorry if link doesn't work, don't know how to do it on phone

SunflowersSmile Wed 14-Nov-12 20:23:34

I get a lot of hand me downs for which I am grateful. Certain clothes my ds wears I probably would not have chosen [even some of expensive stuff]. However, as it saves me buying stuff he wears it.
One exception- a Che Guevara T- shirt aged 2-3 years. Just felt uncomfortable..

GreenShadow Wed 14-Nov-12 20:24:26

Do you know, when I first read the start of this thread, I thought the slogan was being 'offensive' to boys as I assumed it was tongue in cheek, because I automatically think girls are thought to be better at most things than boys these days and the t-shirt was just 'making boys feel better'. (Not phrased very well, hope you get my drift)

Funny how different people's minds work.

LucieMay Wed 14-Nov-12 20:28:44

http://jamrags.com/viewDetail.php?proid=154&color=Navy

Ha ha ha! This one!

teacherandguideleader Wed 14-Nov-12 20:32:15

I have a t shirt that says 'boys are stupid, throw rocks at them'.

(note to self: do not wear this on own clothes day at school)

MoelFammau Wed 14-Nov-12 20:35:13

I do think that little boys get such a bad rap. Girls out-perform them at every turn until they reach the end of secondary school so maybe the t-shirt is a little confidence booster?

I have a daughter myself but a friend has 2 lovely wee boys and she was telling me that the oldest (5yo) was told in school by his teacher (ffs) that girls are smarter than boys and less trouble.

GreenShadow Wed 14-Nov-12 20:40:43

Exactly Moel

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 14-Nov-12 20:41:54

I think t-shirts for little girls saying "WAG in training" or "Future footballers girlfriend" are far more unpleasant.

ShellyBoobs Wed 14-Nov-12 20:44:41

...what do you think that does to our girls to be constantly told boys are better than them.

Girls being constantly told boys are better than them?

When? By whom?

confused

And OP, you missed 'horrified' from your op. grin

KatyPeril Wed 14-Nov-12 20:46:39

YANBU. Let's not have fun with anything anymore. Fun is offensive. Down with fun.

BastardSpiders Wed 14-Nov-12 21:03:24

YABU - there are far more t-shirts that are 'offensive' towards boys than there are the other way around. If you had spotted a little girl wearing a t-shirt saying that girls are better than boys, then I seriously doubt you would have posted. The problem is with you, not with a child's t-shirt.

Have you considered getting a life?

DowagersHump Wed 14-Nov-12 21:12:03

Any t-shirt that makes wholesale and derogatory comments about a group of people based on their gender/race/whatever is stupid and pathetic.

And parents who buy them for their children or give them to them to wear are stupid and pathetic and/or illiterate. I wouldn't want anything to do with a family where a kid was wearing a tshirt like this. Not least because they probably read the daily fail

lifeintheolddogyet Wed 14-Nov-12 21:21:19

I've lost count of the number of t shirts aimed at boys (blue, green etc) I've seen with 'Little Monster' or 'Trouble' or some similar dross slapped over the front. I baulk at that just as much as the one that the OP saw today and disliked. Girls are 'good' boys are 'naughty' blah blah blah.

So, in theory, YANBU OP.

DumSpiroSpero Wed 14-Nov-12 22:04:45

My DD had the exact same thing in reverse when she was about 2 (anything boys can do etc)...

At least that evens the score I suppose!

FreePeaceSweet Wed 14-Nov-12 22:05:31

I love the Mumsnet shirt. Thats funny grin

unrulysun Thu 15-Nov-12 21:54:07

Wow, Bastardspiders missed the point by about 3 miles there. Back to Basics school...

HousewifefromBethlehem Thu 15-Nov-12 22:20:09

My ds has a t-shirt saying 'Boys and girls are equal'

He also has one saying 'I hate girls. Except ones with big tits'

grin

Ds3 has one saying boys rule

EchoBitch Thu 15-Nov-12 22:35:21

Housewife how old is your son?

HousewifefromBethlehem Thu 15-Nov-12 22:51:02

Nearly 11. Of course his t shirt doesn't really say that. It says 'tell my mum to get the fuck off mumsnet'

grin

bellabreeze Thu 15-Nov-12 23:00:11

Its just a joke my son has a tshirt saying 'will trade sister for video games' even though of course he wouldn't. There are plenty of 'girls are the best' type tshirts too

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