Monday, 6 June 2016

Cutting It Short



"WHY THE HELL ARE GIRLS SHORTS SO TINY?"


Serious question. My 10 yr old needs new shorts, as it is finally warm in Yorkshire and we want to make the next 72 hours, before autumn kicks in, count.

My 10yr old daughter climbs trees and rocks, she runs around and walks in long grass so needs practical shorts that are both comfortable and um, practical.

SO WHY IS IT THAT, EVERYWHERE I WENT TO BUY HER SHORTS, THE ONLY OPTION FOR HER ARE CUT OFF SHORTS?




I am no prude, and I am certainly not against cut off shorts, but why are these the ONLY choices around for girls at the moment?

Whereas if I take a wander into the boys section...... TA-DAHHHHHHHHHH






But she will not wear these, because they say BOYS on the label.


If anything REALLY did not need to say BOYS on the label, it is shorts. They are perfect, they are SHORTS. Not BOYS SHORTS, or GIRLS SHORTS, but wonderfully practical, cheap and comfortable shorts.

and quite frankly, I am not okay with it.

As adults our bodies are policed, we wear too little, we don't dress appropriately, WHY are we doing this to children? From boys T-shirts with Dinosaurs on and girls T-shirts with glittery fairies, stores are constantly reinforcing gender stereotypes that are not NEEDED.


I went into four stores over the weekend, I could not find ONE pair of shorts that came even onto the leg. most of them had pockets longer than the actual shorts. NOT ACCEPTABLE.




Both of the shorts above are for age 8-9.


On a LOT of the girls shorts there was more material in my underwear than there was in the crutch of the girls shorts.



At least give girls the CHOICE of what shorts to wear and don't make them feel as if they have to wear BOYS shorts if they want to wear longer shorts.

Am I overreacting here? I know that when I spoke to a friend about this, they said that they buy their daughter boys shorts and cut the labels off before their daughter sees them, but why should we have to do that?

What are your thoughts on the matter? What do you do for your children, and do you find it is the same situation with adult shorts?


Let me know.







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10 comments

  1. You are literally singing from my hymn sheet.... Trying to source Shorts for my 6 year old daughter and I'm buying things that are for 8/9 year olds and trying to make adjustments in the hope of finding something that preserves some degree of practicality! Aaaaaaah

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    1. Just silly isn't it? scares me so much that there is no choice

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  2. Serious suggestion: cut leggings at the knee? or jeans that are busted up? I was always too tall for life so cutoff shorts on me were like holding a credit card in front of my vulva. The lack of material is infuriating. It goes right up my hungry, hungry bum. at least with skirts, you have SOME choices of lengths.

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    1. going to cut up some of her old winter jeans i think. shouldn't have to be this way though, should it?

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  3. I get really annoyed when I see the small range of shorts on offer. Adults, young children, it's very rare that you find a pair of shorts these days where your bum doesn't start to eat them up. Although, as I mentioned on Twitter, George at Asda have a wonderful selection (for adults, not sure about kids) ad they were not "short shorts" and not mid length, maybe try there too!
    Bee | QueenBeady.com

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    1. Definitely will, I love a bit of George

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  4. It is so ridiculous! I feel that they stock short short for girls and longer shorts for boys because they think boys will be going around climbing trees and playing outside while girls will be playing indoors brushing their barbies hair, so stereotypical and wrong!

    Ella xx
    www.inellaselement.co.uk

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    1. totally, and girls have to keep clean and pretty, right? soooooo many white shorts for girls, like whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat

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  5. I buy my girls boys shorts...They don't know and I am not going to tell them! I cut the labels out. There is no chance in hell that they are wearing those cut off shorts. They are so wrong x

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    1. Im going to do a mix of cutting up jeans and just doing the same, just annoying isn't it that there is no choice for girls on length

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