Body Equality

Why is this ok? How is this even still acceptable?

Do you see what I am talking about?

Did you find it? No? Let me enlarge it for you ...

Boys (size) 8-20

Girls (size) 7-16

Girls (size) Plus

Wait.

Those two...TWO....numbers mean that a young, adolescent girl is 'plus' sized, but boys are just 'size 18 or 20'. How is this fair? Better yet, how is this RIGHT?! Why are we still allowing this?

I stood in JC Penney today, and I saw this. I saw this and I was angry. Angry that this is still happening. Angry that we are still allowing this to happen. I was angry enough, that I was this close to walking over there, standing on their display and ripping that 'Girls Plus' sign right down off the ceiling. But I didn't think my family would like me to end up in jail, so instead I took a photo with my cell phone. Instead of ripping that sign down, I'm sharing it with you. You see, if I had just ripped it down, no one else would have known it was there (except for the other customers in the store at that moment).

And it's not just that ceiling sign. It's on their hangers too. (please excuse the blurry cell phone image)

So even if that young girl didn't look up and see that sign, once she picked up that clothing off the rack, she would see it. She would see a hanger that says 'L Plus, XL Plus, XXL Plus'. But do you know what a boy would see when he picked up something off the rack? 'L, XL, XXL'. Why?

Why is this ok? What are we telling our children?

How does that TWO sizes make a girl 'plus' size. Why are we even referring to our children as plus size?! They are still growing. Do you get that? They are still growing. And even once they have finished growing....why is there a difference that we need to label certain sizes as 'plus size'?

So if I had a son and a daughter that wore the same size clothing, when we walked into JC Penny I would tell my son to 'go look in the boys section', but I would have to tell my daughter to 'go look in the girls plus section'? What?

Shame on you JC Penny. Shame on you as a large corporation thinking that this is ok. Shame on your employees, who think that this is ok, who aren't taking a stand. Who aren't refusing to hang these signs. Who aren't sending them back to corporate and saying, this isn't right!

I'm not asking, I'm not pleading, with you JC Penny. I'm calling you out right and demanding you take those signs down. Change those hangers. Create a body equality.