For Christmas last year, one of my friends gave me a coffee cup that said, “I’m too pretty to work”. I love that cup. And I love that friend even more for giving it to me! However, I am hesitant to bring it to work in case my boss sees it, disagrees, and decides I’m “too pretty” to receive a paycheck.
Now do I really think I’m too pretty to work? Hardly. I’m known for what I do rather than my appearance, and I’m definitely cool with that. And if I want to continue being successful in my job, it’s going to require hard work rather than hours spent on beautifying myself.
However, that doesn’t stop me from using that cup from time to time just to pretend I really am too pretty to work.
I thought of that cup when I came across the latest un-PC item to hit the shelves that has parents in an uproar. In bright letters it states “I’m too pretty to do homework, so my brother does it for me”. And, according to many disgruntled shoppers, it’s sending the wrong message to girls – that prettiness means more than being smart, and good looks alone will get them far in life. Educators are fighting against the stereotype that girls must play dumb if they want to be liked or popular, and the fear is that a message like this can undo everything. And I get the concern and everything. But while they fought the good fight to strip the stores of this shirt, I’m wondering….
Have they seen the other t-shirts being sold to kids????
Here are shirts being sold in our department stores for the 7-14 age group:
“If you’re looking for trouble, you found it” – Because labeling our children ‘trouble’ will make them behave so well, right?
“Indoor Person” (depicting a stick figure playing video games) – Now there’s something to be proud of.
“Girls rule, brothers drool” – So by buying this for your daughter, you are basically telling your son they suck. Way to go, mom.
“BFF + cuteness + boys + music + me = awesome” – As long as their priorities are set straight, right?
“Will trade brother for a horse” – Again, a 4-legged animal that eats and poops is way better than your son, right mom?
“Official Class Clown” – Refusing to listen to their teacher in favor of making the whole class laugh, yet another thing your child should be proud of.
And you think those are bad, they’re worse for babies:
“My mom is a hottie” – Because a baby saying their mom is hot is NOT disturbing.
“Mama’s little bad boy” – Ok, the kid can’t even talk, and he’s now a bad boy. See how well that ‘bad boy’ image flies when he’s getting girls pregnant and smoking crack.
“I’m with the MILF” – Reminder, this is a baby tee. The baby is calling mom a MILF. Enough said.
“Accident” – Guess what, Junior? We didn’t plan for you. In fact, we didn’t even want you. But we had no choice because you were an ACCIDENT.
(Front) “I could cooperate, but two problems…” (Back) “it’s no fun, and what’s in it for me?” – Basically, don’t do anything unless you get something in return, and it’s fun. Good luck getting a job that caters to that.
And after all these horribly offensive t-shirts being sold to our innocent youth, I have one thing to say –
Dear American Public:
Lighten up. They’re just t-shirts. If your child is looking to t-shirts to teach them life lessons, especially ones emblazoned with sarcastic quips, then you have bigger problems on your hands.
A sarcastic mom
The truth is, I’m almost tempted to find a bootlegged copy of that banned t-shirt for my daughter. She’d think it was funny because she IS smart, and she’s super great about getting her own homework done. Her brother would think it was funny because he would probably sabotage her on purpose to add fuel to their sibling rivalry if she ever did make him do her homework.
Plus, I do think she’s pretty. Ok?
I’m also tempted to buy it for her because my pretty little tomboy daughter wouldn’t be caught dead in a shirt that tells the world she’s too pretty to do anything. Making her wear this would be a fantastic form of torture.
What is the funniest t-shirt you’ve ever seen?