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Would You Allow Your Daughter To Wear A Shirt Like This?

Posted by on Jan. 10, 2013 at 3:56 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 3:56 PM
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Rachel0610
by Rachel on Jan. 10, 2013 at 11:14 PM

It would depend on the age of my daughter at the time. Right now she is 2 so probably not so much. However at 16 I just might let her

meam4444
by Representative on Jan. 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM
No thanks!
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king04
by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 2:12 PM

no

Melissa_anne
by Representative on Jan. 12, 2013 at 12:19 AM

nope

Ferrari
by Felicia on Jan. 12, 2013 at 7:40 AM
Thankfully my daughter is only 2 lol but yes there is a mustache trend right now. No clue why. I don't understand the appeal lol but I would not allow that shirt.
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ksueditz
by New Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Nope
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Roo1234
by Member on Jan. 13, 2013 at 10:57 AM

My daughter loves the mustache trend.  She finds the puns funs  "I mustache you to dance"  "I would love to stay and talk, but I really mustache" 

However, this particular t-shirt I wouldn't allow and I would tell her exactly why I don't like it.

emilyelephant
by Member on Jan. 14, 2013 at 2:02 AM

Only because it's seriously tacky.  I hate the moustache fad, and I don't get it.  My daughter is 4 months old though. 11 year olds are not the demographic those shirts are targeted at.

easinpc
by Emily on Jan. 15, 2013 at 10:15 AM

I don't have a daughter but I don't think I would if I did.

meam4444
by Representative on Jan. 15, 2013 at 3:00 PM
I must live in a box. I had no idea there is a mustache trend. Lol

Quoting Ferrari:

Thankfully my daughter is only 2 lol but yes there is a mustache trend right now. No clue why. I don't understand the appeal lol but I would not allow that shirt.
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