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Forever 21 Selling "Allergic to Algebra" Shirt For Girls

Forever 21's "Allergic to Algebra" Shirt the Latest to Discourage Young Girls

Oops, someone's done it again! Back to school is a time to get kids excited about school and learning, but if two of the nation's most popular stores with teens have their way, today's girls are just too cool for school these days. Following JCPenney's attempt to sell a t-shirt emblazoned with, "I'm too pretty to do homework so my brother does it for me" (the company pulled it after moms took to social media to deride the shirt), Forever 21 is now featuring shirts that read, "Allergic to Algebra" and "School Is Fun — When It's Over." ($12) There's no question that the shirts send young (and smart) girls the wrong message, but the fact that more than one store is pushing these shirts may be indicative of a larger problem. Do we have an issue with our attitude toward girls and education?

miss-leanne miss-leanne 6 years
Wow... can no one take a joke anymore?
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
Recalc, I almost see your point but you're laying it on thick, and judgmental. Not all public school teen girls would buy this garbage, because they disagree with the message. Likewise, I'm sure many homeschooled girls do. To some degree I think homeschooling is a luxury not many can afford, or have time for, or even think they would be good at. It is very offensive that you imply that I am "self-righteous" for disapproving of a t-shirt's message, and that I am "forcing your children to subscribe to the dysfunctional public education system" and denying her "the intellectual stimulation she deserves." You make me sound abusive for sending her out into the terrors of school! I'm glad you had such a good childhood and I'm glad parents have to option to homeschool, but step off the soapbox. Your point of view may be valid, but your attitude is very closed minded and self-righteous. If parents have so much control over their children, there's no reason a child can't go to public school AND be positively influenced by their parent, simultaneously. And this: "the public school system itself is a colossal, miserable, hate-worthy failure... " and "Your daughter's inadequate public school environment is probably sucking every last ounce of inspiration and aspiration from her body." The fuck are you talking about? Do you even know what public school is? You sound like you have issues. This may surprise you, coming from homeschool 4.0 utopia, but there are people out there- real people, mind you- who have gone through the public school system, and not failed miserably at life.
Recalculating Recalculating 6 years
Excuse the typos: In* girls* its*
Recalculating Recalculating 6 years
n other words, we cannot change that the clothing market is driven and dictated by what teenage girls will by. Teenage girls will buy clothing that they think expresses them accurately. If they're disenchanted with school, then there's a market for clothing that says so, and we can't blame that market for existing when the reason it exists is because girls' are disenchanted with school. The proactive approach to a problem like this is not to waste time railing on culture (cultures takes it's cues from the temperature of the populations it serves), but to actually provide young women with that education we so desperately want them to have but give them no real opportunity to pursue.
Recalculating Recalculating 6 years
@ iheartkerning, I respectfully but firmly disagree with your angle, and I maintain my original point; the culture that condones sending "this kind" of message is a direct result of the manifest unhappiness of a teenage population whose school system has failed them. Retailers make and teenagers buy expressive clothing like this specifically because teenagers are unhappy to be in school, so regardless of whether we're talking about the objectification of young women as a result of their lacking interest in education, the problem is still that they weren't interested in education in the first place.
iheartkerning iheartkerning 6 years
Recalculating, it's great that JC Penney and Forever 21 are insignificant to you. However, your thinking is one-dimensional; our messed-up education system is DEFINITELY to blame for part of the issue here, but it's not solely responsible it. We also need to look at the culture that condones sending this kind of message. I suggest reading "The Rise of Enlightened Sexism" by Susan Douglas if you haven't already. :)
Recalculating Recalculating 6 years
And, additionally, I might point out that all of society doesn't need to cater to educationally intimidated young women in order for them to succeed. Forget JC Penney. Forget Forever 21. They and all they do are insignificant. Here's what's not insignificant: Your daughter's inadequate public school environment is probably sucking every last ounce of inspiration and aspiration from her body. Focus on that.
Recalculating Recalculating 6 years
Wow. Does no one understand that the essential problem here is not that teens hate school and are therefore apt to buy shirts that express that hatred, but that the public school system itself is a colossal, miserable, hate-worthy failure? Hello, self-righteous mothers; has anyone been paying attention to the state of the nation lately, or what? My mom took me out of school in fifth grade, let me design my own homeschooling program for the remainder of my elementary and high school education, and I am now a well-adjusted young lady with 4.0 GPA in college. Seriously, people. Stop forcing your children to subscribe to the dysfunctional public education system. Really want to have a positive effect on your daughter's learning capacity? Research alternative educative methods that will allow her the intellectual stimulation she deserves (the kind that doesn't make her want to throw up every time she opens a book).
pansies1136 pansies1136 6 years
Kristin Hays Vice President of Investor Relations J C Penny Ms. Hays, I realize that you are in charge of investor relations, however since you are the only Corporate office that I could find online, you are elected to receive this missive. Please feel free to send this up the Corporate ladder if you wish. Please find below the post I recently made on the Forever 21 site regarding the T shirts they are currently campaigning and selling. Please be assured that I will continue to search out and post this comment While you were most likely a secure child in your abilities to grasp the concepts of education and probably did not struggle with the fact and concept that is was OK for a girl to be smart, these T shirts are sending the wrong message however overtly. There is a real problem in this country regarding education and girls and J C Penny's should not foster this attitude
pansies1136 pansies1136 6 years
Re: Forever 21 & your campaign to undermine intelligence of young women Please be advised -- Corporate heads of Forever 21 - I will not buy your products nor will I let or encourage my tween and teen grandchildren to purchase or wear your product - Any of it - You have listened to the wrong under 30 marketers and JC Penny's and any other stores that feature your product have lost my business - from white goods to clothing - I am out of there - And I will check the teen and girls department first - I will either call or physically go to ensure that your product is not available. You are sending the wrong message - period --
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