Parent, Teacher, Activist
Okay, I am too excited about this brand new positive pick to wait until Friday! In response to several companies who have marketed products that sell girls short, Melissa Wardy of Pigtail Pals wrote a funny, scathing article calling for some social responsibility. She names names and doesn’t pull any punches.
What I love about what Melissa has done is that she not only calls out companies for producing this drivel, but she steps up to the plate and shows them that cute clothes and products with positive messages CAN be made and sold. In fact, after seeing a t-shirt from JC Penny’s that said something along the lines of “too pretty to do homework,” Melissa got busy and created the beautiful shirt above. Pigtail Pals stands with Princess Free Zone, 7Wonderlicious, and Go!Go!Sports Girls as companies that provide products that empower girls to be agents in their lives rather than thinking of themselves as objects.
If you’d like to take a stand against the commercialized sexualization and objectification of girls, one of the strongest ways to do that is with your dollar. If you don’t like what you see out there in the stores, choose these small businesses that promote positive messages. These companies are all run by committed, caring individuals who want to make a difference in this world. Let’s show them our support. Pull your business from those companies that don’t promote your values and give it to these instead. Money talks, so let’s make ourselves heard with our commerce. Because when it comes to our kids, we need to put our money where our mouth is.
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