Even when we begin to believe sexism is dying and there is, in fact, hope in defeating misogyny, Walmart apparel can be sure to kill all our optimism.
In Vandalia, IL, Kayla Hyde shared with her Twitter followers her disgust over a black T-shirt in Walmart’s clothing section. With blue lettering reading “Cool Story Babe,” white lettering below orders the “babe” to “Now Go Make Me a Sandwich.”
While this message is stupid and gross, I’m not surprised to find it on Walmart’s shelves. I’ve been amazed by the lame sexist jokes that I occasionally hear (always from men), including, “Want to hear a funny joke? Women’s rights,” and “Why did the woman cross the road? I don’t know, but what is she doing out of the kitchen?”
And, while the “Make Me a Sandwich” joke is sexist on its own, the “Cool Story Babe” portion is just as degrading, suggesting that whoever wears this shirt (God help them) doesn’t value what their “babe” is saying.
Let’s hope that these shirts rot away on Walmart’s shelves! [Miss Representation]