Recently a Brooklyn woman started a petition against a girl's shirt being sold at JC Penney that displays the message: "I'm Too Pretty To Do Homework (So My Brother Has To Do It For Me)." The shirt is aimed at girls ages 7 to 16 years old, in the year 2011, nearly 100 years after the 19th Amendment was ratified, and women were deemed smart enough to vote and get jobs and... stuff... wait, sorry, we just got distracted by a shiny thing.
Jezebel likened the fashion statement to the Barbie that declared, "Math is hard, let's go shopping." And Melissa Bell at the Washington Post recalled an old 1924 soap ad for women that said, “Most men ask, ‘Is she pretty?’ not ‘Is she clever?’” In fact, the entire internet is outraged at the retailer, who just took the item down, admitting in a statement that the shirt "does not deliver an appropriate message, and we have immediately discontinued its sale."
Do they have more explaining to do, however? Like... who was the buyer? And who wrote the description to the item, which read: "Who has time for homework when there's a new Justin Bieber album out?" And can we get a list of the parents who actually purchased this thing for their children?