Batgirl housework shirt — I’m offended that Target thinks women are so small minded they would be offended by this, by Joanne Nova.
The Offendotrons are at it again: insulting women everywhere by howling that Target has no right to offer buyers a choice; by suggesting that women have no sense of humor, or are so weak they couldn’t deal with “the pain” of walking past a shirt in a store. Do they think little girls are so stupid they copy T-Shirt messages for career guidance? Target Australia caved in to their fauxtrage. Shame.
The shirt is satirical. So ban it baby, to protect people with no sense of humor:
A Facebook user from Northcote in Melbourne, who gave her name as Ninac Ollins, posted to Target Australia’s page late on Tuesday night to complain about what she perceived to be the sexist assumption that only “Batgirls” would do housework.
“Target, can you explain why you are selling something as offensive as this in your stores currently? What message are you intending on sending to young girls? I’m insulted that you present a future where our daughters need to complete their ‘home duties’ before they can go out and save the world. We know that working mothers still do more housework than their spouses, we don’t need you to perpetuate this inequity.”
Choice is better than no choice: Buyers are always free not to buy the shirt — and Target and the manufacturers would sure get that message. But, who knows, perhaps some mums might want the shirt as a humorous poke at the cleaning status quo? It might give someone the chance to raise the topic at home. Who is Ninac Ollins to take away our choice?
Does anyone care when little boys are only offered shirts with skulls and skateboards? I do — but I don’t turn it into an offense with outrage on Facebook, I just mention it to the staff or send a note to manufacturers letting them know I want to buy something else. I don’t need to ban shirts.
This is not a national issue. It shouldn’t be filling time in our national conversation.
How bad is this — who died?