F is for fabulous?

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F is for fabulous?
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Wed, 09-14-2011 - 10:58am
The trendy, Forever 21, Los Angeles-based retailer is popular among teenagers and a tshirt with "Allergic to Algebra" is being sold for $12.80. There were no shirts that alluded to education in the men’s section of the website.
And the algebra shirt isn’t the only one on the website that seems to be down on school.
One shirt blatantly declares “Skool sucks” and another shirt has a list on the front that reads: “A+=amazing, B=brilliant, C=cool, D=delightful, F=fabulous.” The website’s tagline for selling the shirt is “F doesn’t always mean fail!”
One shirt seemed promising with the message, ”I heart school” emblazoned on the front, but a photo of the back reveals the rest of the message: “not…”
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/09/forever-21s-allergic-to-algebra-shirt-draws-criticism/

Despite girls playing sports, boys wearing pink and the million other modern ways our old gender stereotypes have been proven false, every so often a product or company reminds us that not everyone has given up on the old cliches (see: this Tide commercial).

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Wed, 09-14-2011 - 11:02am
"I'm too pretty to do homework, so my brother does it" is a t shirt from Penneys!
Little girls should most definitely know that being smart and beautiful are mutually exclusive. Iiwhy don't you just make a tee for the juniors department that says, "Smart girls don't get asked to prom"?

Luckily, the media chatter about the shirt in just the past few hours seems to have inspired J.C. Penney to pull the product -- clicking the link to buy it now turns up a "We are sorry, but this product is not available at this time" message.

But we got a screengrab before the tee was removed -- check it out

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/31/jc-penneys-girls-shirt_n_943349.html



Does this shirt bother you as much as it bothers me?

We had a tshirt come in for the girls dept with two cherries connected by stems with fresh picked underneath with a matching cherry filled skirt. Our receiving dept manager was out raged because he has daughters wearing this 6x style. He wrote to our corporate office to get them pulled.

Have you seen this in your news or similar shirts in your mall or on your kids, that made you ask what were the mfg buyers thinking?



Do your kids shop penneys or forever 21?
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Wed, 09-14-2011 - 11:49am

So gender stereotypes are alive & well--isn't that sad? I surely wouldn't buy my Dd any kind of shirt that implied she was too dumb to do math (of course she did take AP Calculus).

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Wed, 09-14-2011 - 11:50am
Thankfully no. I wonder how people would react if they put something out about helicopter parenting - I'll bet that'd be yanked faster, such as instead of it saying my brother does it for me, say my parents do it for me?! ;o)

Sue
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Wed, 09-14-2011 - 11:53am
I never had problems finding (bright) guys to date. Sure wish girls wouldn't fall for that 'logic'...

Sue with 4 technical degrees, including math
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Mon, 09-19-2011 - 6:46am

I think "F" is just for fecetious, and the same goes for the other t-shirt.

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Mon, 09-19-2011 - 8:57am
Wow. As the mother of a 12 year old girl who is starting to lose her confidence in her math skills I surely do not appreciate this T-shirt. My poor daughter was born into a family of engineers and engineers in the making, so to her her above average but below superior math skills feel sorely lacking. I work hard at convincing her that she is a good math student even if it is a little more difficult for her than it is for her brother and parents.

Robin
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Mon, 09-19-2011 - 9:37am
FWIW, same with ds19 - he has always hated math because he would just write the answer, which then he'd get wrong for not showing work so he'd get Ds or Fs (and we both have math and other technical degrees) - so he's so glad now that he's totally done with math. Sigh.

Sue
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Mon, 09-19-2011 - 9:53am
Funny. My son disliked math as well. He always used to say "I don't like math I am just good at it". I think he finally started to like it when he took AP Calc and had a wonderful teacher, because he then decided to take the second semester of AP Calc. Calc made him realize that there was a purpose to math, so he started to like it. He still prefers science, but he finally kind of likes math.

What is your son studying that he doesn't have to take any math? for some reason I thought he was studying engineering or something similar.

Robin

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Mon, 09-19-2011 - 10:08am
He's a studio art major, including a certificate in visual communications, and then plans to get his MAT to teach art K-12. (that was my choice too - art or physics! He just chose the other)

He had to get to a certain level of math in college for the core requirements and did that over the summer at cc.

Sue
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Mon, 09-19-2011 - 10:35am
Oh what a cool major! I have always wished I had some artistic/creative ability or at least that my kids had some. My MIL is quite talented in these areas, but unfortunately none of her offspring seem to have inherited her abilities.

Robin

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