Nikita Friedman was shopping at a store called BIG W for her 1-year-old daughter when she came to a disgusting realization about the difference between the clothes for boys and girls. “I couldn’t find a single pair of shorts in the girl’s section today with an inseam of more than a couple of cm.” She wrote in her original post (it has since been removed) that she wants to be able to teach her child about sun safety and self respect, but that this store makes that impossible with their narrow selection of children’s clothing.
Little girls shorts in a size 1 next to little boys shorts in a size 1. Why on earth does my 1 year old need to have shorts so short that her nappy is hanging out??? Little girls are not sex objects. Gender bias is disgusting.”
She was frustrated that the only options available were too revealing for a 1-year-old, and she has a point. Any child that young would still have a diaper, or at the very least a pair of pull-ups that would show constantly under the sad excuse for clothing.
Many parents immediately agreed with her because they were running into that issue almost everywhere! Most parents who couldn’t afford to shop elsewhere just ended up purchasing boy’s clothing for their daughters instead. What other choice did they have?
Other parents noted that they had seen this same issue in the kid’s section of the store, too, and that it wasn’t limited to the section for babies and toddlers. Children’s clothing should be made for comfort and durability. There shouldn’t be inches in difference between clothing for boys and girls, who at that age are more concerned with picking up rocks than trying to look “sexy.”
But some parents started attacking her viewpoint, telling her that she was looking too closely into the matter and bullying her because they thought her concerns were trivial and ridiculous. There’s no telling how many sent her messages like this, but they were vile enough that she couldn’t stand it any longer. Hopefully, more fashion retailers start listening because even though Nikita deleted her Facebook page, parents are still posting on her behalf.