Morrisons slammed for selling offensive clothing
A Twitter user has accused Morrisons of selling offensive and sexist clothing for young children.
Jenni Yuill tweeted a photo of the children's clothing section in Morrisons, which had t shirts for young girls and boys that seemed to imply that boys were intelligent, and girls were just pretty:
Yuill wrote that she found the clothes 'insulting', as the boys' t shirts read 'little man, BIG IDEA', whilst the girls' t shirts said 'little girl, BIG SMILES.' The shirts seem to send a clear message that boys are intelligent and innovative whilst girls are just there to look good.
The tweet was then retweeted by the Everyday Sexism Project, which led to a number of tweets condemning the chain's sexist choice of designs.
Message is quite clear: boys have brains to use and girls have bodies to look at. How regressive and sad.— NoMorePage3 (@NoMorePage3) July 27, 2017
Shame on you @Morrisons— Emily Ayers (@emilypayers) July 27, 2017
This is absolutely appalling, @Morrisons.It's Victorian.Rank sexism and misogyny. Girls must smile & be pretty, but boys have the big ideas?— Irene Soldatos (@I_Soldatos) July 25, 2017
Unbelievable @morrisons sort yourselves out, it's 2017— Liz Smith (@Wordscene) July 27, 2017
When faced with the backlash, Morrisons' only reply was that these t shirts were popular with their customers:
Hi Martina, girls t-shirts with slogans like these are very popular with our customers.....— Morrisons (@Morrisons) July 25, 2017
Which was not met with a friendly reply...
Hi @Morrisons - is your official response, to the complaints about sexism, that these t-shirts sell well?— Farimah (@Farimah) July 25, 2017
do you think it's okay to continue letting society keep labeling boys as smart but girls as beautiful?— Sarcastic Genius (@genius23sarcasm) July 26, 2017
Morrisons have since said that they have submitted the complaints to their buyer for review, but people don't think this move is far enough. Many are calling for the designs to be pulled altogether, but with Morrisons fairly muted responses thus far, this does not seem likely.
Morrisons aren't the only chain to be in trouble for inappropriate gender clothing this week, with Primark being accused of sexualising young girls by selling padded bras for those as young as 7. Read more here.
Do you guys think this is sexist?— Everything Student (@everythinstudnt) July 28, 2017