Walmart And Amazon Thought This Sexist Batman Shirt Was A Good Idea (Photo)
Every child would prefer to be the superhero rather than the sidekick. The same goes for super spouses.
Training to be Batman’s wife.
The pale pink letters and curled script let potential buyers know just how feminine this shirt is supposed to be. Even the bat logo is suddenly pink.
One of the biggest questions is about the word “training.” It suggests some sort of physical fitness scenario, which you wouldn’t need if you’re just aiming to get a ring. If a super marriage really is the goal, can’t girls just “hope” to be Batman’s wife?
A Walmart five-star reviewer jokes,
Being Batman’s wife is nothing to sneer at, it’s a very hard job. Keeping the batcave clean, detailing the batmobile, cooking meals and dealing with Batman’s schedule.
An Amazon reviewer gives the shirt one star, writing,
For the low price of $9.98, teen girls can be stripped of any personal ambition and reduced to their eventual title of ‘wife.’
The shirt is publicly-sold misogyny. Preteen girls are told that they can’t be the superhero, only a wife. Unfortunately for the retailers, very few girls want to settle for a man in lieu of a superpower.
And, as the Daily Dot points out, preteens aren’t usually on the hunt for husbands.
All our fans are incredibly important to us, and we understand that the messages on certain T-shirts are offensive. We agree.
Our company is committed to empowering boys and girls, men and women, through our characters and stories. Accordingly, we are taking a look at our licensing and product design process to ensure that all our consumer products reflect our core values and philosophy.
If executives at DC Comics could see the crestfallen faces of the little girls who’ve just been demoted from Wonder Woman to Mrs. Batman, they’d be sure not to make the same mistake again.
H/T: Huffington Post, Photo Courtesy: Walmart
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