Boy bashing is fashionable. Girl bashing remains socially unacceptable.

I don’t think that boys fail in school because some girl is wearing a T-shirt that says, “Girls rule, boys drool.” I just think it’s rude.

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  1. two_cents says:

    “I don’t find misogyny funny,” he [a maker of boy-bashing t-shirts] says. “I do find girls’ contempt of men funny.”

    I don’t like the hypocrisy and double standard. That kind of attitude is obvious to the boys themselves and it’s this, as well as the message itself that’s harmful.

    The makers of the “throw rocks” at boys t-shirts seem more than a little malicious in their motivations. Check out this game at their website:


  2. Wacky Hermit says:

    Sexism by any other name…

  3. Ken Summers says:

    Mostly it’s the hypocrisy that I find irritating, but the nastier stuff is out of line.

    “Girls rule, boys drool” is amusing.

    “Throw rocks at them” is not.

  4. “Girls rule, boys drool” and “No Fat Chicks” both clearly signal the [whatever you call someone who is using a t-shirt or bumper sticker to express an opinion]’s timitidy and humorlessness… but whatever.

    I may be printing up a bumper sticker myself: “Mean people suck, but humorless people are a thousand times more tiresome.”

  5. My previous female superintendant thought highly of “Girls go to college to get more knowledge. Boys go to Jupitor to get more stupider.” Maybe we do need to start looking at some schools as hostile environments for boys. I do not think this is a universal problem. I am sure there are still lots of schools where boys are groping and intimidating girls. We need to stop this too.

  6. When I see a girl in one of these shirts I think a lot less of them than I do of guys

  7. Sexism (against male)is one of the few safe dicriminatory activities in this country today. (the other being, other-than-white toward whites) I guess it’s that Dead White Male “thing” again…..

  8. I have to admit I have fond memories of chanting the “Jupiter/stupider” rhyme on the playground in third grade. And I think as long as the boys are allowed to chant back their rhyme (something about “Mars/candy bars”? I can’t remember) it doesn’t create a hostile environment for anyone. I think it’s normal for little kids to think members of the opposite sex are icky, and why shouldn’t they be allowed to say so?

    The problem is when adults try to teach the kids that girls thinking boys are icky is a hip fashion statement and a sign of budding political savvy, while boys thinking girls are icky is disgraceful and a sign of budding misogyny. But if you just let kids be kids, they’ll grow out of it. I don’t think it’s possible past the age of 10 to confuse a statement that includes the word “stupider” with a profound insight into the human condition.

  9. a group of eight year old girls chanting the “girls go to college…”thing on the playground is one thing, a twelve year old girl walking around in a “throw rocks at boys” t-shirt is totally another.

    Part of it is, what kids say on the playground is kids being kids – in a way, it’s not “institutionalized” (to use a word I hate), but when the same thing’s printed on a t-shirt – well, that means that there was a company that thought it was a good idea, and a parent that at least minimally approved of the purchase/wearing of said t-shirt.

    If I had a daughter, and she wanted a t-shirt with one of those messages on it, I would figure it was time again for the talk about How Other People See You. Because when I see someone with a t-shirt like that – or one of those “Big Johnson” t-shirts that are popular on my campus, or any kind of a gross or rude t-shirt, I do tend to think less of them.

  10. Ricky,

    That’s more or less what I meant.

    Also I would add that kids chanting at each other on the playground are trying to get a rise out of each other, seeing what makes each other react, etc., really taking the first crude steps of relating to opposite sex peers. A girl broadcasting a message on a t-shirt to no one in particular is only interacting with herself, and not learning anything about actual boys, or getting ready to talk to them in less crude ways.

  11. Anne,

    I think you got it right, but I am sure my superintendent saw it as evidence of a good development for her little girls.

  12. I went to college at a historically Black state university. The campus bookstore sold t-shirts and sweaters that said “The Blacker the college the sweeter the knowledge”. The garments were very popular. That has been 10 years so maybe things have changed.

  13. PJ/Maryland says:

    I don’t get the “throw rocks” thing at all. Granted that most little girls can’t throw as well as boys, this is obviously not a message we want girls to pick up. And if girls came up with the idea on their own, we adults would want to squelch it immediately. But here we have adults (well, grown-ups) actually pushing this message to girls?

    I assume the David and Goliath people think the idea of girls throwing rocks is somehow funny (and it ties in with their name, since David threw rocks at Goliath), but it really seems kind of bizarre. (Of course, they’re charging $20 for kid’s tee shirts, so the main goal is to attract attention.)

  14. I see girls are getting a head start on growing up to be the kinds of women who have bumper stickers on their car that say things like “Grow your own dope; plant a man.”

    Directed at women, this sort of humor is not amusing. The double-standard is not a surprise, but frankly is quite embarrassing. It’s sort of like those clothes girls can buy now that have words like “c*nt” printed on them in sequins. Maybe girls think it makes them seems hip and saavy, but it really just lets everyone know beyond a shadow of a doubt how little class they have.

  15. Oh, give me a break. Us men/boys have always been made out of snails and puppy dog tails, while girls were sugar and spice for as long as I can remember. This sort of taunting has been going on for time immemorial, and is only getting noticed now because someone is making a buck off of it. Any boy who is so weak-minded that he won’t go to college because girls made fun of him isn’t properly equipped to survive it anyway.

  16. jeff wright says:

    Class (or lack thereof) always tells. Why parents allow their daughters to wear these obnoxious message shirts is beyond me. I’ve seen these girls in their shirts, along with the low-rider jeans and the gut rolling over the belt. Add in a few piercings and the picture is complete. Boy, what beauties!

    These girls are actually doing boys a favor by demonstrating just whom to avoid at all costs. Just like their male equivalents.

    Equal rights often seems to devolve into a race to the bottom.

  17. Yesterday at the gym I saw a young woman wearing a t-shirt that said “I am the messiah” emblazoned on it, in an un-ironic way.

    I almost wanted to spew. All this “diva” and “goddess” nonsense is as hateful as any kind of blanket invective they have towards men (the great imagined enemy!)

    “Self-esteem” is slowly being redifined as “hating people”

  18. Aaron,

    “Any boy who is so weak-minded that he won’t go to college because girls made fun of him isn’t properly equipped to survive it anyway”

    I think your point is good, but don’t feminists say one reason women are not properly represented in many areas is because they are being discouraged?

  19. Yes, that is true, but don’t discourage boys because men don’t think highly of women in society. Next thing you know, those boys will become men, maybe sucessful men, and because they got all these messages in their youth that girls will throw rocks at them, maybe they won’t think to highly of women then either.

    I just want to see this cycle stop, the misogeny, the discouragement, I just want to see self encouragement that dosn’t hate or make fun of anyone else.


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