you wouldn’t like her when she’s angry
My daughter still likes to go into the Disney store if we’re at the mall, but rarely does she ever find anything she’d actually want to buy. The last few things I remember her getting were an Avengers towel and a stuffed toy of the dog from Frankenweenie.
When she was younger and spent long periods of time in the Disney princess section, I just sat in the corner with my phone and waited until she was done. I would buy her a nightdress of her favorite Disney princess. Now she prefers Pixar stuff like Toy Story, Monsters Inc (both on the boys side of Disney) and Finding Nemo (which is usually just in the back somewhere) and of course, Marvel.
The gender bias is something I usually just navigate around. My daughter feels comfortable going to the boy’s section in Target to find Marvel and Angry Birds merchandise. I’ve posted before about the lack of variety in comic book style t-shirts for women and the sad sexism found in some of the options available. So a few days ago I hear about the Disney Marvel shirts and their new options.
Who thought this was a good idea?
Last Thursday (Thor’s-day, heh) was the Marvel marathon leading up to The Avengers premiere in the US at midnight making it technically Friday. I dared to conquer this great trial, a test of my nerd status. There were those who questioned my ability, my sanity. But those are the casuals who never dream to be part of anything grand.
Ok, all drama aside, sitting in a movie theater watching six 2hr+ movies in a row is not easy. I had worrying about it since I bought the tickets. What if I got sick or a migraine? What if my kid got sick like she did when we went to see Thor and I had to take her home and miss the movie? What if I fell asleep during the Avengers? What if I was too tired to drive home?
we will make it through somehow
As can be seen above, there was no female interest at the Avengers movie premiere. Unless you count all those girls.
When I was in high school, before the massive outbreak of internet users and a world of seemingly endless possibilities, I was a petite young girl. Today I’m still petite and yet in the world of the internet and seemingly endless possibilities, I sometimes reach a limit. I’m actually talking about t-shirts. T-shirts for my fave bands only ever came in men’s sizes. Well, perhaps Unisex, but to me that’s the same thing as being a men’s size. It’s a large shapeless piece of cloth that makes me look like I’m wearing my (hypothetical) dad’s Led Zeppelin shirt. The same thing happens if for some reason I find a boy’s size. It’s just a shorter boxy shirt. I suppose I could have bought a shirt and tailored it – if I knew how to sew.
So today, even with the advent of the widespread internet, finding an officially licensed, not bootleg, shirts for my fave nerd themes is almost as difficult. Why is it I can only find two shirts for THOR? One with cover art (eh, it’s okay) and one with his comic self making out with Sif? Is it cause I’m a girl so obviously I want a t-shirt with kissing?
This all started when I was trying to find an Avengers shirt for the Avengers movie next week. What I really wanted was something with Loki on it, but as a girl nerd I wasn’t holding out too much hope. I go to Marvel’s website and when I finally find the women’s shirts, of which there are 4, the first thing I see is a shirt that says “I fight in heels” written in glitter pink. If you’re not insulted, the second was “I only date Super Heroes.” Why Marvel, why?
Disney Store only sells Avenger shirts for boys or men, Walmart only has men’s, Hot topic only has men’s… and so on.
I didn’t expect to find a shirt, but I also didn’t expect to feel insulted