Mama Bears and Feminists Unite?
I bring this story
of a supremely stupid t-shirt offered by JCPenny to your attention merely to note how interesting are the kinds of things that arouse the permitted indignation of the mama-bears of today. Of course, there is always a similar outcry from conservative and religious mothers when a Miley Cyrus poses for seductive pictures called "art" or a clothing company mass produces push-up bras for girls as young as 7 or 8 . . . but those who express outrage on those occasions are roundly sneered by the knowing laughter of the more "sophisticated" and told to get with it. I would venture a guess that every sensible mother who condemned those two things I mentioned happily joins the brigade of feminists now irritated by this t-shirt. We would not buy it, cheer it, or allow our daughters to be caught dead in it. We would support all efforts to keep our daughters focused on more elevated and worthy occupations and decry efforts of the popular culture to distract them from those purposes. So why don't many feminists join us in this good faith effort when the rot being peddled is not academic but moral decay? Fill in your own blank. You are probably right.
2:16 PM / September 1, 2011
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