I’ve just been reading about the incredible outpouring of anger that greeted J. C. Penney’s release of a little girl’s tee shirt that said “I’m Too Pretty to Do Homework….So My Brother Has To Do It For Me.” So many women got so angry–and let the company know it–that within hours, Penney’s had pulled the tee shirt off its shelves. Recall Victory!
The power of angry moms. How dare stores perpetuate such negative stereotypes? There’s nothing funny about the shirt. I remember one of the few times I had a loud, “You can’t go out in that!!” fight with a teenager, during George Bush’s presidency, who appeared wearing a shirt that said, “The only bush I trust is my own.” She didn’t seem to understand at all how demeaning this was, how inappropriate, and how unfunny–and I had a moment of clarity about how our culture has become so saturated with images of teenage sexuality that we’d lost our bearings.
SLOW LOVE means engaging with the world in a considered, compassionate way, appreciating the miraculous beauty of everyday moments, and celebrating the interconnected nature of life. SLOW LOVE LIFE is a place to share ways to practice daily mindfulness in the midst of our busy, productive days.
You are welcome to share images from the site, but please give credit to Dominique Browning, slowlovelife.com. Thank you!