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Poundland slammed for 'depraved, misogynistic' babygrow
Poundland should stop selling a "disgusting, depraved, misogynistic " item of clothing aimed at small children and babies, according to one A Spokesman Said complainant.
The offensive item, which is a baby grow and t-shirt for youngsters, has the slogan 'lock up your daughters' splashed across the front of it.
The real scandal is that it actually costs £1.50 - which is not what you'd expect from a store literally called Poundland.
Jo got in touch with A Spokesman Said to vent: "Poundland is selling t-shirts with the logo 'lock up your daughters'.
"This may sound like harmless banter to some. But, it is outrageous and blatant misogamy and sends this dangerous message to young boys and men, who are already drenched with depraved and stereotypical attitudes towards women and girls, especially from online obscene sites.
"But also, in every day misogamist attitudes in the media and from misogamist male attitude towards women in general: that females are vulnerable and easy victims and that it is okay for them to be predators.
"Meanwhile, giving the message to young girls that they must hide away from males who think they are entitled to harass women for sex.
"Though I'm heterosexual, everyone should be able to choose their orientation, without denigration. For a small child to be made to wear a T-shirt with a logo that gives the message women that their gender is there for obscene male fantasy and gratification, while giving the message to males that women exist for their obscene fantasy and pleasure, is down right depravity.
"Poundland should remove these disgusting depraved messages from their t-Shirts immediately."
And Jo went on to recount a terrible experience that she faced on public transport that she says highlights the endemic level of misogyny in today's society.
She said: "Recently, on a bus, a teenage boy, full of bravado, strode up to me with his mates. Although there was no child with me, he sneered "Give me your daughter, how much?" I replied, "Since my daughter is 2 yrs old, you must be a paedophile."
"He quickly retreated into the snivelling, indignant little creep that he is, professing in a panic that he was, (in his words) "not one of them sick types".
"His mates laughed and poked fun at him. I told him, that he would make others think of him as a 'sick' pervert with attitudes like that towards females. I'm a mature person. I dress conservatively. I walk confidently in the street and mind my own business, yet, I have been propositioned a number of times and asked "How much? " or although, I'm wearing sunglasses and a cap, so they cannot see my face, they sneer "Dog" or "old crow" to their mates, for no reason.
"Just a spiteful put down to undermine a female who has not looked in their direction. Sometimes, if I wear a hi-vis jacket with sunglasses when I leave my bicycle at the station, and especially if I do anything like run up the escalator or when I'm in a hurry and I happen to slam my rail card onto the ticket checker device at the barrier, although, I'm a straight, heterosexual, I receive sneers of 'd***' from males, when they can't even see my face, which is quite feminine.
"Are males so intimidated by females who appear strong that they have to make spiteful remarks all the time? My Mum and Dad were motorcyclists, used to go to the Ace Cafe, Neasden.
"We all rode 600cc Trial bikes in the 1970's. And no-one ever commented on a female riding a high-powered bike. But, I had to give up riding motorbikes because in recent years, I got so fed up of the constant misogamist sneers of 'd***,' 'lesi' because males now have stereotypical attitudes towards women due to the narrow image of submissive, women in on-line obscene, depraved sites featuring submissive women.
"And if women don't appear to behave in a submissive, simpering, vulnerable manner or don't wear provocative clothing, they are dismissed as not being available to men for their gratification, so are sneered at in derogatory terms as 'd****'."
It's shocking stuff. And Jo is not alone in expressing outrage at Poundland's latest fashion line.
Rebeca Roache has accused the budget retailer of being sexist after she spotted the £1.50 babygrow while shopping at their store in Witney, Oxfordshire.
She took to social media to share a photo of the clothing with the caption: "It's never too early to start training boys to be sex pests, eh @Poundland? #everydaysexism."
But some people don't share these views, as one Twitter user wrote: "Get over yourselves, you oversensitive snowflakes. It is just a bit of fun and nothing else. The world really has gone made."
A Spokesman Said has contacted Poundland for comment and is awaiting reply.
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