Hey @Target I bought my 4-year-old son Spider-Man shoes & now my 2-year-old daughter wants Spider-Man shoes too.— Qasim Rashid, Esq. قاسم رشید (@QasimRashid) April 6, 2018
But you dont sell Spider-Man shoes that fit 2 year old girls. Even when I search for them—boys shoes are the only result.
She's crying now. It's heartbreaking. Thx😕 pic.twitter.com/pxTI9R3OP3
Every kid deserves the chance to feel like a superhero, regardless of gender. That's why one dad decided to push back when he realized Target's children's shoes weren't gender-inclusive. Qasim Rashid tweeted on April 6, that while shopping at Target, his 2-year-old daughter wanted Spider-Man shoes to match her older brother's. Sadly, the retailer doesn't offer an option to fit his daughter, and even while searching online, he could only find "boys' shoes" results. Eventually, his daughter took her brother's shoes and rocked them around the house, but wouldn't it be nice if she had a pair of her own?
Unfortunately, this isn't a new problem when shopping as a parent. Most major retailers still carry gendered clothing and Qasim's story is prompting others to come forward and share their own experiences.
My 4-year old boy just wants shoes and clothes with Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl on them. He likes strong women like his mom, I guess. But nobody makes those for little boys.
— Conrad Deitrick (@ConradDeitrick) April 6, 2018
Qasim tweeted that while this "shoe-gate" may seem small, he made a promise to his daughter to give her everything he gives his sons, and he plans on sticking to that. Let's hope retailers start seeing things his way soon.