Mother’s Facebook post about Asda's ‘sexist’ children’s clothes goes viral


Olivia Petter
Tuesday 26 September 2017 09:42 BST
(Facebook/Amy Tanwen Owen)

A Cheshire mother has criticised Asda for selling "sexist" clothing in their children’s department.

Amy Platt was enraged when she spotted a T-shirt with the slogan “Future Scientist” in the boys' section of her local branch, whereas no equivalent was on offer in the girls' section.

In her post, she photographed the scientist T-shirt next to one from the girls' section which read “Forever Daddy’s Girl.”

Defiant in her advocacy for gender equality, Platt purchased the scientist T-shirt for her four-year-old daughter and moved half of those on display from the boy’s section into the girl’s section.

Keen to call the retail giants out in her highly sarcastic post, Platt wrote:

“Woops @Asda, I could only find this “Future Scientist” t-shirt in the boys’ section, so don’t worrt, I still bought one for my daughter and moved half to the girls’ section. I put it next to the top saying “Forever Daddy’s Girl” for the kids who like empowering slogans on their t-shirts.”

The post was well received by fellow Facebook users, racking up more than 3,000 likes and 800 shares.

“Ooooh that’s a fab idea!!!!” wrote one enthusiastic commentor.

“As a member of the STEM Research and Development Group at my school: I thank you! We need more girls than ever in STEM related subjects!!” added another.

Naturally, others were less eager to praise the mother, some of whom downplayed her progressive efforts as melodramatic.

“Oh jeez it’s really not that big a deal,” wrote one user.

“This person is just making a mess and patting herself on the back for being a feminist,” quipped another.

Responding to the widely-shared post, an Asda spokesperson said: “We offer a wide range of children’s clothing to try to meet the latest customer tastes and trends. Our aim is to make clothes people love, never to offend,” reports Talk Radio.

Platt’s post comes just four months after another mother, Debbie Dee, slammed the retail giants online for selling a “Boys Will Be Boys” blue jumper.

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