When 8-year-old Daisy Edmonds went clothes shopping with her mom Becky, she noticed something alarming about the T-shirts available for boys and girls. The girls' clothes had slogans like "beautiful," "hey," and "I feel fabulous." Meanwhile, the T-shirts offered to boys have "desert adventure awaits" "think outside the box" and "hero" written across them.
Becky captured Daisy's reaction on video and shared it her Facebook page.
"It's unfair because everybody thinks that girls should just be pretty and boys should just be adventurous," Daisy said. "I think that is wrong because why should boys and girls clothes even be separated? We're just as good as each other."
She then takes a look at the boys' shirt that says "think outside the box." "What does this mean? It means go on your adventures. Let nothing stop you. Go for your own dreams," she said. Then she walks over to the girls' shirt that just says "hey." "I don't find that inspiring. What part of "hey" is great? I don't get it." she said. "What does that mean? What does that inspire you to do?"
Daisy then takes matters into her own hands and grabs the clothes that have inspiring messages meant for boys and puts them in the girls' section of the store.
The video has been shared over 16,000 times amassed over 15,000 likes since it was posted to Facebook just over a week ago. Some commenters were concerned that Daisy's opinion may exclude the girls who do want to wear "pretty" clothing.
Daisy's dad assured commenters that she does, in fact, love traditionally "girly" things, too. "She loves wearing pretty clothes, she loves pink, glitter, nail polish and frilly dresses etc," he wrote. "All three of my daughters sleep in a massive pink castle I made for them! It's not that she's a tomboy and wants all clothes to be perfect for climbing trees it's more that WHEN they choose to put a slogan on a shirt that it's more meaningful than just 'Hey'."
Some designers have started to make steps in the right direction by offering clothes with slogans that empower young girls as well as boys clothes that push against gender stereotypes. Kids should be able to express themselves through their fashion choices without having to worry about whether a piece of clothing is considered "boyish" or "girlish."