A British clothing company known as Madhouse has put a statement on the washing label, immediately underneath the washing instructions such as “Machine wash warm”, that says, ” – OR – GIVE IT TO YOUR WOMAN. IT’S HER JOB.”
Emma Barnett, Digital Media Editor at The Daily Telegraph, tweeted a photo of the label in addition to her shock. Naturally, she received an enormous amount of replies covering the entire spectrum ranging from “lighten up” and “learn how to take a joke” to tweeters who informed Emma they would boycott Madhouse jeans – although many of them had never heard of the company.
I am a rather outspoken women who has clearly made it known on this site that I fully support women’s rights and equality. However, when I saw the article in Huffington Post about Emma’s tweet and her photo of the label, personally…. I thought it was funny. No, not “ROTFLMAO” funny, but humorous enough to put a smile on my face and chuckle a bit.
Especially in light of the recent eruption of the Republican’s “War on Women” which I ranted about previously in this site, I do believe that it is healthy to joke about the stupidity of mankind – meaning human, not XY chromosomal mankind. Some people may argue that this label will encourage men to further believe they are the dominate sex – for the most part, this is just not true. If any man sees this label and takes it to be the gospel, then they had that belief inside of them long before the creation of Madhouse jeans.
Sometimes we do just need to “lighten up, Francis” and laugh about the odd behavior, past and present, of our species.
This same Huffington Post article also features a few photos of what they thought the labels should say such as “IF I AM PLEATED, JUST THROW ME AWAY,” “IN THE BEST RELATIONSHIPS, YOU BOTH WEAR THE PANTS,” and “I DO NOT BELONG ON THE FLOOR.” Personally, I thought their sayings were rather lame, so I created a few of my own….