This Batman T-Shirt for Girls Is Being Blasted as 'Sexist' and 'Misogynistic'
By John Boone
Heeey, ladies! While the Batmen and Supermen of the world are busy fighting crime and kicking ass, you have some equally awesome superhero training to do: Training to be a wife.
At least, according to this shirt. As the world wonders why we STILL don’t have a female-centric superhero movie, D.C. is selling this shirt for juniors. There goes any credit they’ll get for bringing Wonder Woman to the big screen in Batman V Superman (though, how much credit do they deserve, seeing as they pushed her to a supporting character?).
According to Amazon, the shirt is officially licensed by D.C. Comics. Walmart says it is "fun and witty." Others have used words like "sexist," "alienating," "misogynistic," and "bullsh*t."
PJ of PJ Says, who first spotted the shirt, says it best:
“What are you training for? Besides trying to ignore her husband constantly having flirtations with evil villainesses? Besides pick up Batman’s tux from the cleaners for yet another fancy party? Besides picking up his utility belt when he leaves it on the floor of the bat cave? Besides making sandwiches for him and Robin when they get back from a night of kicking ass? Dude, that’s Alfred’s job.”
Meanwhile on Amazon, the 1-star reviews are rolling in:
It is disappointing, especially as it’s marketed towards young, impressionable girls in a time when there aren’t many female superheroes to aspire to in the first place. Why should girls aspire to be married to Batman, instead of being Batman? Or Catwoman, at least! She’s an independent woman out there doing it for herself!
UPDATE! In a statement, D.C. Comics agrees that the shirt is "offensive."
"DC Comics is home to many of the greatest male and female Super Heroes in the world. All our fans are incredibly important to us, and we understand that the messages on certain t-shirts are offensive. We agree. Our company is committed to empowering boys and girls, men and women, through our characters and stories. Accordingly, we are taking a look at our licensing and product design process to ensure that all our consumer products reflect our core values and philosophy."