It may seem that I talk a lot about how products geared for children reinforce and perpetuate ideas instilled by living under the kyriarchy, but, damn, I'm continually astounded.
We were shopping for summer clothes. My son, avowed lover of graphic shirts, thought this was funny:
I told him I didn't like it, then tried to explain why.*
"He's saying his sister is so annoying, he was happy she was kidnapped."
He understood that part, but the back took a little more.
"This is based on a stereotype that girls and women talk a lot, that their talk is annoying, and that what they say isn't important."
A debate ensued, which he began with, "Mama... some girls do talk a lot."
He kept looking at the shirts, then said, "You are really not going to like this one!"
He was, of course, right.**
*Sorry for the (camera phone) picture quality. The shirt says "The Flying Monkeys Stole My Sister... But They Brought Her Back for TALKING TOO MUCH."
**The front of the shirt features a smiling boy holding duct tape. "I have no idea where my sister is," he says. On the sleeve is his unsmiling sister, restrained with the duct tape.