Okay, I mean I GET it. I understand what they are saying, and in some cases I would agree. But in many of these T-Shirts I don't see a problem.
"I'm Training To Be Batman's Wife" could be a young teen girl's way of expressing that she doesn't plan to settle for anything less than a "real man" (for which "Batman" is the stand-in representative icon). Or just the expression of a geeky girl's silly fantasy crush. That's how I took it. There is certainly a time I would have worn a shirt that says "I'm training To Marry Wonder Woman". Can girls not dream of having a spouse who can sweep them off their feet and "rescue" them?
The Superman Kissing Wonder Woman shirt is pretty shallow, I'll give you that. It hurts the integrity of both characters. (Though DC is already doing a fine job of that without these shirts.)
Again, the "I Only Date Heroes" could be another expression of a girl's desire to call potential suitors up to being something greater than what they naturally are by instinct. Again, that's how I read it. As a challenge to boys who may be eye-balling her. Can girls not ask their potential mates to be real men, who strive to be the ideal on her behalf?
The Avengers "Be A Hero" vs "I Need A Hero" boys and girls shirts maybe brings out more of the central issue, which is the comparison of the messages for boys and girls on these matching sets of clothes. Personally, I still don't see a problem with the "I Need A Hero" shirt, but it would be good for the girls to ALSO have a "Be A Hero" shirt. And though I don't think America can handle it in her obsession with self-reliance, I'd ALSO like a boys/men's shirt that says "I Need A Hero", because we do. We all need a hero. Humanity at large just hasn't acknowledged that yet.
I don't want women to be trampled on, undervalued or overlooked, but I'm wondering if this is a case of people being too quick to anger, assuming the worst possible interpretation of the motive and intended meaning of these shirts.
Proverns 11:27- Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor,
but evil comes to him who searches for it.
Proverbs 12:16- The vexation of a fool is known at once,
but the prudent ignores an insult.
Proverbs 19:11- Good sense makes one slow to anger,
and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
Any thoughts? How do these shirts strike you?