Being a teacher puts this ideal of pretty clashing with intelligent into a new perspective because I see repeatedly that girls are indeed outperforming boys in the classroom and recent research on college degree holders also supports this change in trend...at least as it relates to the black community. I've watched sets of paternal twins come through my classroom and each time, the girl twin earned much higer grades than the male twin. But again, this is in regards to the black community. This concept of, "I'm too beautiful to think" seems to be growing out of control as we revisit the age of young girls referring to themselves as Barbies(thanks Nicki MiNOT) and becoming all too familiar with acrylic and lip gloss before they can solidly write a research paper. I hiss at not only the disservice this does to young girls but also to young boys by training them to believe women are to be seen and not heard and that their "boy parts" alone will make them smart. This negatively impacts male/female relationships by projecting gender roles that undermine the most important task of a couple and that's teamwork.
Despite all that is clearly wrong with this t-shirt, including it's horribly tacky design, I've come to a crossroads about the way it's been handled. The question I am inclined to ask is "Why do we need people to police us?" JCPenney resorted to pulling the t-shirt off of their website (it wasn't available in stores) due to outrage spurned by clothing designer Melissa Wardly reposting a tweet on Facebook and Laura Todd's online petition on Change.org that was viralized by women's right organizer Shelby Knox via the same media outlets. On the surface it seems to be a victory for women's rights however when deeply analyzed, it just might be a loss for human rights. Freedom of speech is one of the most valuable privileges one can have, as expressing differences of opinions is what makes us all unique. Thus, I can't support the fact that the company was forced to stop selling this merchandise simply because a great deal of people didn't care for the message. This seems to be a fanciful cover-up of a freedom of speech rights violation that finds itself in a pile marked "unnecessary" because after all, consumers do have the option of simply not buying the t-shirt. The more powerful message would've been to see the t-shirt for sale and keep our money in our pockets out of disgust; but I think people at least deserve that option of making their own decisions.
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