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Comment on Girls are too pretty to do homework, says this JC Penney shirt by Viper.

It’s stupid, but at the end of the day, it is a t-shirt. Social cues, standards, and adult and peer models are so, so much more influential than text on a t-shirt that it’s simply a blip on the screen. Also, kids are much more likely to view the sentiment as “my sibling can do it for me” rather than “men can do it for me,” looking at “brother” in the context of family and sibling rivalry rather than gender. The sentiment of “I’m pretty so I don’t have to work” might be a little more damaging, but seeing a message like that on a t-shirt is not likely to affect them if it’s not cemented in real life or observed in practice. Overall, it’s a storm in a teacup.

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Girls are too pretty to do homework, says this JC Penney shirt
The first one is iffy. The second one I really see no problem with. Yes, it’s gender-stereotyped, but it’s not offensive or degrading. Chances are a child would not wear the shirt unless they really did like all of those things; it doesn’t have the sense of “this is what you’re SUPPOSED to like” like the first one does, it’s just declarative.

The third one I’m on the fence about. When I looked at it, I had an innocent view of the shirt and had to consciously force myself to think of it in the context of sex to see anything wrong with it. It’s only “dirty” because people MAKE it “dirty.”

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