March 23, 2015 by inkedinbold
Yesterday I was on CustomInk.com, designing a t-shirt to raise awareness for child marriage. (I’ll post a link when it’s up for sale.) To add pictures, you use graphics from the CustomInk library. I needed a simple picture of a girl, so I searched “girl”. I was pretty angry at what images were at the top…
What is wrong with this picture?
Answer: Pretty much everything.
First of all, the top two images are of women awkwardly sexual poses. Besides being horribly sexist and objectifying, they make me wonder why on Earth anyone would put these graphics on a t-shirt. So many questions.
Second, two of the top nine are pink. Pink’s not a bad color. It’s just bad when people assume all girls must like pink. (More on that in this post.)
Third, five of the top nine show girls wearing dresses or bows. Again, there’s not a problem with dresses, there’s just a problem with assuming all girls like to dress in a feminine way.
Why is CustomInk representing girls and women in this sexist way? Why are these the top images? You might not think this is a big deal, but that just shows how casual sexism is embedded in our lives. People don’t notice sexism, and that’s a problem.