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Would you let your daughter wear an "I Heart Boys with Mustaches" t-shirt?

Posted by on Jan. 10, 2013 at 3:43 PM
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T-Shirts for Teens With Inappropriate Slogans & Images Are, Well, Inappropriate

Posted by Jacqueline Burt on January 10, 2013 

mustache t-shirtEither I have a dirty mind or I'm old and out of touch with the latest tween trends (okay, probably both), but when I took my 11-year-old daughter and her friend to the mall and watched them head for a rack of "I (Heart) Boys with (Mustache Graphic)" t-shirts, I couldn't help but feel slightly alarmed. Wait a minute, why do they heart boys with mustaches?! It can't possibly be for the reason I'm thinking, can it? And if it is, why are they selling these shirts to young girls in the first place?!

I had to be missing something, I decided. Maybe mustaches had some new, non-sexual implication. So when my daughter and her friend went to try on "The Future Mrs. Styles" tees, I resisted the temptation to give them a pop culture history lesson comparing and contrasting One Direction/New Kids on the Block ("In my day, we wore 'The Future Mrs. Knight' shirts") and texted a friend for his opinion: If you saw a girl wearing a shirt that said "I Heart Boys with Mustaches," what would you think?

In reply, he sent me a YouTube video of the infamous "Who wants a mustache ride?" scene from Super Troopers.

That's what I thought, I texted back.

I called my boyfriend and asked him the same question.

"Who wants a mustache ride?" was his immediate response. (I swear, I have yet to meet a man who doesn't love that movie.)

Luckily the girls emerged from the dressing room empty-handed, so I was spared any immediate decisions/explanations regarding potentially inappropriate clothing. But as we went from store to store, I started noticing mustaches everywhere: On iPhone cases and socks. Little mustache-shaped earrings. What was going on here? Clearly I was late to some kind of party.

At home, I did a little research (yes, I had to Google "mustache trend," which is pathetic). Turns out the mustache has indeed become some sort of hipster/retro/ironic trendy thing. Who knew? (Everybody except me.) So -- phew! -- my kid and all the other tween girls at the mall weren't Super Troopers fans after all, so to speak.

Still, I don't think I could actually allow my girl to wear one of those shirts in public. Not because of what she's thinking about, but because of what every man will instantly think about when he looks at her: "Who wants a mustache ride?" And what the hell is wrong with the people making inappropriate t-shirts like these for teens knowing damn well what they mean even if the kids wearing them don't have a clue?

Would you let your daughter wear an "I Heart Boys with Mustaches" t-shirt?

by on Jan. 10, 2013 at 3:43 PM
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by Grumpy on Jan. 10, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Sure would.  Mustaches are the teen crazy with girls, my daughter has bracelettes and keychains with mustaches on them and one of her female friends went as "mustacho" for halloween.  It's innocent.

by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 11:39 AM

 They might be taking it as innocent but like you said the guys would have other thoughts so if she were under 18 no she wouldn't but if she were 18 or over I would try to talk her out of it

by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 12:06 PM
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I've been seeing the whole mustaches thing also and have no clue what the heck they are referring to. Well now I do lol

I don't know, i don't know that they would even want to.

My DD does have one that says "I heart Mormon boys". Her boyfriend is Mormon, she is not and his parents go it for her as a joke, but she only wears it in the house.

by Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 1:49 PM

I didn't realize that this mustache trend had sexual implications.  My 9 year old was asking for a mustache necklace because she thought it was funny to put up to her mouth.  I won't be buying any of it now. :/

by Gold Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 1:51 PM

I do not see that as inappropriate.... tacky maybe... but Im sure the children are not wearing it with the idea that they are trolling for adult men.

Personally I think ALL message shirts are tacky and have no desire to see my kids in them.

and btw.... the author that you quoted DOES have a dirty mind.  I NEVER in a million years would have thought that.  And I would be shocked if an 11 yr old even knows what a mustache ride is.  AND if the 11 yr old does... then the stupid t-shirt is the least of that parents issues.

by Kimberly on Jan. 11, 2013 at 6:50 PM

I don't have daughters, but if I did I would let her wear it.   It is just a passing trend.

On a side note:   I guess I have a dirty mind, because my first thought was is the term 'Mustache Rides' returning?

by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 1:26 AM
Lol it must not be the thing in our area yet, I just asked my DD and her friend both freshmen in HS and they have no idea what this even means?
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by Bronze Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 1:29 AM

Yes because I never heard of an sexual implications or ever saw that movie.

by Emily on Jan. 12, 2013 at 3:15 AM

 Sure ,lol ,my bil owns a tshirt design firm and anything moustache sold like crazy last year.It is beginning to slow .He sells designs to manufactures and stores that do their shirts.My nieces ,nephews ,including his teen daughter ,my kids and my nieces and nephews on the other side all wear his stuff.Mustache has no hidden meanings ! His biggest selling design last year was a happy face with a mustache.

by Shauna on Jan. 12, 2013 at 6:39 AM

I would b/c I didn't think anything sexual about it until I read this. The moustache design is everywhere here right now.

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