Just when I had given up all hope that teenage girls would ever cast their gaze beyond the raunch-a-rama that currently masquerades as 3rd Wave "individualist" feminism, some Pennsylvania high school students have mounted an offensive against the repellent Abercrombie & Fitch, purveyors of pubescent softcore, and the store’s current line of idiot T-shirts. The shirts, meant for young girls whose deepest wish is to declare their solidarity with Pole-Dance Nation, feature such delightful self-affirming slogans as "I Had A Nightmare I Was A Brunette" and "Available For Parties." And, presumably, "Kiss Me, I’m 13."
The aforementioned activist students have organized a "girlcott" and went national on the Today show yesterday to "fight this message that we’re getting from pop culture." Poor kids.
Not surprisingly, a few girls interviewed by the Trib for this story–applicants, it turns out, for jobs at Abercrombie– exhibited a depressing but predictable degree of teen apathy and didn’t give a crap about the misogynist message on the shirts, declaring it "funny."