Oh, look. Something completely inoffensive that’s somehow offended someone. This time it’s J.Crew in the Conservative crosshairs for a child’s t-shirt that reads “I am a feminist too.” In case you’ve been in the dark, “feminism” and all of its forms are now dirty political terms.
In an Instagram post, J.Crew showcased the new boy’s t-shirt and was met with a massive backlash, with some comments, like that of billy.kukla, stating J.Crew “lost [their] business.” Elizabethalianted commented “Stop imposing children ideologies, let them think as a child and let them take their own decisions,” which, in a way, kind of sounds like they’d be okay if their child wasn’t for equal rights for women.
People are also calling out J.Crew for the “controversial” shirt on Twitter, including voices like former Sean Hannity producer Elisha Krauss, who plainly states, “Don’t make your children pawns in your political game.” She continues with “[M]y almost 5 yr old doesn’t even know what I do or who the president is. All she knows is that I talk to her “uncle @benshapiro.”
Y'all… don't make your children pawns in your political game. It ain't cute. I work in politics and my almost 5 yr old doesn't even know what I do or who the president is. All she knows is that I talk to her “uncle @benshapiro.” https://t.co/1OGOdyutjW
— Elisha (@ElishaKrauss) May 30, 2018
This tweet sparked a mini-debate on whether human rights movements such as feminism are political or not. When Dom Garrett, Coinme’s Director of Marketing, chimed in stating “You know that feminism is not political, right,” Elisha fired back with a GIF and nothing more.
You know that feminism is not political, right?
— Dom Garrett (@DomGarrett) May 31, 2018
— Elisha (@ElishaKrauss) May 31, 2018
Beyond Elisha, people have claimed J.Crew’s shirt “robs [children] of their childhood,” and forcing them to wear the shirt should be “considered a genuine form of child abuse.” Such statements are a special form of hypocrisy as Conservatives have come up just as guilty in forcing ideologies on their children. And the left side of the argument was more-than-happy to point that out.
Absolutely spot on perfect! Politicizing children robs them of their childhood, and should be considered a genuine form of child abuse. Let them be kids, not tiny mouthpieces for also over-politicized adults.
— Brian (@IronCladBears) May 30, 2018
Yes I'm sure you all are really mad pic.twitter.com/YD2Lgm2Q5s
— Enchiladas con Nihilism (@WideLightImages) May 31, 2018
By that logic, you shouldn't force children to go to church
— Des (Dez) (@dezzymond) May 31, 2018
By that logic, they also shouldn’t teach their kids to shoot rifles and be pro 2nd amendment until 18.
— Pure Nonsense (@Pure__Nonsense) May 31, 2018
Oh but people forcing their children to get baptized and go to church before they can even decide what they believe in is totally fine right?…….
— Meg (@Meghan_Draheim) May 31, 2018
hm that's an interesting perspective. u didn't say anything about this though pic.twitter.com/Ja2UXRhuia
— paige (@PaigeFranji) May 31, 2018
The root of the argument, however, is whether or not feminism is a political movement. Once again, it comes down to the Liberal belief that it’s not and the Conservative belief that the Liberals made it into one.
Feminism is a social statement, not a political one.
— olivia fierro (@oliviafierro) June 1, 2018
Why is equal rights for women political? Isn’t that just like.. a standard normal thing one would want?
— M (@mbeetilda) May 31, 2018
Then explain modern day feminists’ take on politics and their exclusion of conservative women who identify as feminists.
— Elisha (@ElishaKrauss) June 1, 2018
The left has made it political.
— Leann (@Leannsm19342378) June 1, 2018
Oh, I'm a first wave feminist that hates what y'all have done to it. I didn't need to have a female doctor for me to believe I could be a doctor. I didn't need Hillary to become President. In fact, having her ride her husband's coat tails was the opposite of feminism.
— Barbara Umiker (@BarbaraUmiker) June 1, 2018
Once again we’re left with an unending argument incited over something as trivial and avoidable as a t-shirt.
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