As we were heading out the door to celebrate the 4th of July in Red Bluff with my in-laws, the girls and I ran over to Old Navy to pick up a few patriotic shirts. In previous years, Old Navy has always had fun, festive and affordable shirts and so I assumed it would be a quick “run in, run out” errand.
Besides being immediately disappointed in the colors of most of the “patriotic” apparel (baby blue, Caribbean blue, creme and orange based red are NOT our countries colors – they are navy blue, a dark red and white)…I was very disturbed by the verbiage printed boldly on the front of these shirts.
“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of….Boys.” SAY WHAT??? There are so many things wrong with this proclamation being plastered on the front of a patriotic tank top being sold to girls and young ladies (at least I am assuming that is their target audience – I can’t imagine married women my age wearing such a slogan?!)
- First why are we degrading our Declaration of Independence, written by some of the most educated, eloquent and brilliant men of all time by replacing the words “pursuit of happiness” to a trivial “pursuit of boys”? There is nothing even slightly amusing about that. It is offensive.
- Secondly even if someone thinks I need to lighten up and that it is just a harmless play on words – tell me WHY we want to suggest to girls that the “pursuit of boys” is something that is worthwhile, valauble or honorable? It is certainly not what I want my daughters pursuing during their youth and season of singleness. I want them to pursue….godliness, righteousness, charity, good works,education, wisdom, noble character, health, fitness, skills, maturity, selflessness and the list goes on! (and pursuing boys is not anywhere on the list – is it on yours for your daughters?)
- In addition what girl do you know who honestly takes joy in pursuing versus being pursued? Despite the boy crazy culture teenage girls live in with all its crassness, aggressive behavior and role reversals – I know that in their heart of hearts they want to be pursued, to be desired and to be sought out by a gentleman who respects, honors and treats them like a princess. It is just the way the Lord made women. Yet, we are standing by letting the current culture continue to shape girls attitudes and actions towards boys resulting in a host of unhappiness and unfulfillment of their God given desires.
- Lastly – Why would anyone want their girls, teens or young ladies wear such a message on their chests? Doesn’t it seem a bit pathetic? shallow? desperate? degrading?
The next shirt I picked up said – “Hot as a firecracker” Don’t even get me started on how anyone would allow their minor daughter to wear such a statement. Shaking my head, we left the store.