This T-shirt was sold by J.C Penney, a mid-range American retailer, on its website in 2011. The text on the shirt reads “My best subjects” with a checklist including boys, shopping, music and dancing. There was some public backlash against the shirt, as critics argued it suggests that girls are more interested in and more successful at frivolous social activities as opposed to traditional academic subjects. However, the shirt it continues to be available for sale. By contrast, another J.C. Penney shirt -- “I’m too pretty to do homework so my brother has to do it for me” -- was pulled by the retailer after a negative public response.
This T-shirt was sold by J.C Penney, a mid-range American retailer, on its website in 2011. The text on the shirt reads, “I’m too pretty to do homework so my brother has to do it for me”. Following complaints from concerned parents and negative publicity from mainstream media outlets, the shirt was pulled from the website after only two hours. The controversy over the shirt has been compared to that of the Teen Talk Barbie doll. Released in 1992 and pulled from shelves after a few months, Barbie was programmed to say “Math class is tough.”
This clip from the animated Fox television show King of the Hill aired in 2004. In it, Connie and her family are upset to hear that she has been rejected from a prestigious summer school. When her father sets up a meeting to protest this, the admissions officer informs him that Connie was not accepted because she is one of many “boatloads” of “overachieving Asians”. Connie's parents are depicted as a highly caricatured Asian-American stereotype – from their thick accents to their obsessiveness with their daughter's success in school. With that said, the show is intended to be a satire that uses humor – including ethnic humor – to point out problems of discrimination in society.
This clip comes from a longer documentary called “Look us in the Eye: The Old Women's Project”, that follows a group of older female activists. In this excerpt, they discuss some of the prejudices faced by older citizens, and then are documented protesting against President Bush.
This interview clip with Madonna comes from the mid-1990s. At 34, the pop star spoke about the problem of “ageism”, the constraints on women's sexuality as they age, and the tendency of society to put women “out to pasture” once they hit 40 years of age.