Critics say ‘sexist trousers’ hit below the belt

#SexistTrousers was trending on Twitter this week, with many up in arms about the care instructions on a pair of pants. (Source.) The subject of their ire was a label on chinos that first gave the typical cleaning instructions for 100 percent cotton pants, followed up with the remark, “Or Give It To Your Woman. It’s Her Job.”

The purchaser of the pants bought them from Madhouse, a retailer in the UK. Floods of tweeters complained about the pants, vowing never to shop at the store again. One woman was quoted as saying, “Lately I can’t tell which decade I’m living in. What brand are those trousers?! I can only assume that’s a joke.” The company later released a statement saying that it had not been aware of the label before this point.

“I can only assume that’s a joke”? Of course, it’s a joke! The first time I saw the label, I laughed. The tag is hardly offensive to the level of boycotting the brand or the store. In fact, if a guy of mine had these pants, it would probably be an endless inside joke we both could share time and again without it getting old and brought us closer. Lighten up a bit, ladies.

Besides, in my house, it’s always been the person who has the most pairs of underwear doesn’t have to do the laundry–a domestic game of chicken. I always win.

7 Responses to Critics say ‘sexist trousers’ hit below the belt

  1. Rajan says:

    Humor seems to be inversely proportional to feminism

  2. markkernes says:

    Or … some folks are so completely wrapped up in their own masculine-centered world that they lack the empathy to understand why a woman might find it offensive that the two choices given are for the man to follow a simple label when washing the pants himself… or to “delegate” such washing to “his” woman because “it’s her job” to do the laundry, with the implication that there are many other menial jobs women are supposed to do for men. Sexist much?

    • Thin skinned much?

    • Mick says:

      Or read much? (She doesn’t wash the clothes, ha-yup.)

      Not a joke I would personally make, but it made me laugh as well. A good joke is one that is clear, to a prudent individual (if I may use legalese), that is a joke, no matter how offensive. Pretty obvious it is a joke… No company marketing specialist in their right ming would seriously put that on a good.

      Maybe you should check your level of prudence there, friend.

  3. Walt K says:

    Make you a deal. They can put a similar label on the lawnmower, gutters, plumbing, and all the other items around the house that take up my weekends, and I’ll just laugh it off.

  4. Al says:

    This makes me embarrassed to be a woman. Do they not realize that the only reason it’s a joke at all is because that attitude isn’t mainstream anymore?

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