But really, please look at this:
Okay, so Target may have pulled this shirt out of stores because of complaints, but still, someone thought that Rainbow Bright, Robin Thicke's rapey song, and Flashdance-styling would all combine to form a perfect little girl's shirt.
The boys don't fair all that well either. They get the likes of this:
Another Wal-Mart shirt and I'm not sure what this one even means:
Basically all the boys' shirts that don't involve super heroes have some kind of pop-culture reference that adults think that kids will like. Preferably these shirts also include bad grammar. Example:
Or a message which endorses or condones behaviors that no sane parent would want to encourage:
What message is this sending to little boys? It's funny and cute to be a lazy, lay-about, with bad grammar who doesn't do homework? Why, yes, in fact that's what makes your swag so sick! LOL!
So, what do the graphic tees tell us about little girls? Well, of course they're princesses...
Oh, that's just me being silly because only homely princesses need to go to school. Cute girls have a whole other path to success, as long as they don't get taken in by a "modeling agent" who just wants to take a few "art photos" of them for their portfolio. Sigh, #cutegirlproblems.
Oh, wait, there's a shirt for that:
But, some of the shirts do try to send the message that beauty is more than just skin deep. "Try" being the operative word here:
I know this says "beautiful in every way," but given that Barbie is striking a cover girl pose and is not shown, say, working at a soup kitchen or volunteering at a hospital, I'm fairly sure what the take-away message for little girls is going to be.
Just when you thought the girls' graphic tees were just Barbie and princess-centric, we have this choice, which is more like the boy's shirts in its exploitation of how adults perceive that kids talk:
The best thing about this shirt is that it comes with this review:
SMH. I just am going to give a big ole bless your heart to that reviewer.
Do you all think I'm being too harsh? What do you think when you see kids in shirts like these? Would you get them for your kids?