A Dad Called Out Girls’ Clothing on TikTok
A TikToker named Erika asked when other parents realized that the objectification of girls starts very young. As a reply, Michael Vaughn, made a TikTok video talking about girls’ clothing and how it starts putting stereotypes on girls as young as zero months old. In the video, he says he knew it was going to be bad but he didn’t realize just how bad until they started shopping and receiving clothing for their daughter. They’ve received a onesie that said: “Sorry boys, dad says no dating” in a newborn size, which got the dad wondering who is going to date his zero-month-old daughter?
More Thoughts on Girls’ Clothes
In the viral TikTok video, Vaughn wonders about the hyper pink color used for pretty much everything that’s for girls, as well as the glittery clothes and other in-your-face and uncomfortable options. He asked why he can’t find a one-piece bathing suit for his toddler and why is everything marketed for girls smaller than the boys’ clothes in the same size. In another one of his videos, he commented on the fact that boys’ clothes are actually made to withstand wear and tear while girls’ clothing is made to objectify even the youngest children.
Boys’ vs. Girls’ Attire
The dad said that girls’ clothes are often shorter, more form-fitting, and revealing than boys’ clothes. They usually have shorter sleeves and shorter inseams. Because of all this, he and his significant other started putting their daughter in gender-neutral or “boy” garments and people started confusing her for a boy. Some people, he said, even got upset that they are trying to trick them with the clothing choices they made for their little girl.
Other parents have also commented on the fact that boys’ clothing is usually in darker colors with dinosaurs and vehicles, while girls’ clothing is all about bright colors and various types of fabrics. The clothing often has gender-specific stereotypes written all over them, which puts a label on kids from a very young age. Michael Vaughn’s view is that a child should be seen for their talent, actions, and interest, rather than a cheesy sign on their shirt or their appearance. Hopefully, brands will stop flooding the market with the stereotypical boys’ and girls’ clothing and simply focus on comfort.