Kmart T-shirts spark outrage from mum

 

An Aussie mum has taken to TikTok to complain that Kmart's range of boys and girls T-shirts are "telling them how to act".

While some agreed with her video and said Kmart should simply have a genderless kids clothing section, others disagreed and labelled her concerns a "stretch".

In a video that's been viewed more than 651,000 times, Barbara Bryan (@letsgoaussie) compares the Kmart girls range of T-shirts to the boys collection.

"What are we doing to our girls? Let's compare girls and boys shirts at Kmart," she said.

"Why are we telling girls how to feel via their clothing? They see each other's shirts telling them how to act - be happy, love, be perfect."

 

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The mum was outraged by Kmart T-shirts. Picture: TikTok/@letsgoaussie
The mum was outraged by Kmart T-shirts. Picture: TikTok/@letsgoaussie

In the video Ms Bryan scanned over a collection of Kmart girls T-shirts with slogans like "a whole lotta love", "bright as can be", "more love", "take it easy" and "Aloha".

In contrast, the boys range of T-shirts had minimal slogans and featured words like "adventure", "alpine trail" and a picture of a bear.

"Oh look, these shirts encourage boldness, adventure, fun," Ms Bryan said. "There's no shirts telling them how they should feel or behave."

News.com.au has contacted Kmart for comment,

Her video attracted thousands of comments, however, people were fiercely divided over whether they were telling boys and girls to act differently.

Some commenters said the idea that a T-shirt would influence children's behaviour was "ridiculous".

Barbara Bryan said the boys shirts encouraged adventure. Picture: TikTok/@letsgoaussie
Barbara Bryan said the boys shirts encouraged adventure. Picture: TikTok/@letsgoaussie

 

‘There’s no shirts telling them how they should feel.’ Picture: Tiktok/@letsgoaussie
‘There’s no shirts telling them how they should feel.’ Picture: Tiktok/@letsgoaussie

"This is a little bit too far isn't it? Considering I really don't see any girls buying those shirts … there are a lot more and they're just cute ones," one person wrote.

"I feel like kids aren't going to feel oppressed by clothes from Kmart," another wrote.

"If you don't like it, don't buy your daughter it. It's that simple," one comment read.

But others agree with Ms Bryan and said there was evidence that "subliminal" messages in childhood impacted development.

"Waiting for Kmart to just have a 'kids' clothes section instead of separating them … boys and girls," one commented.

 

 

 

"Why is everyone hating on this? I think she's right. It's subliminal messages they'll carry around with them," one person wrote.

"This comment section is NOT it. These products are extremely consequential to the socialisation of children as they grow up. It propagates inequality," another commented.

 

Originally published as Kmart T-shirts spark outrage from mum

She compared the boys and girls shirts. Picture: TikTok/@letsgoaussie
She compared the boys and girls shirts. Picture: TikTok/@letsgoaussie


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