I found this stylish top in the Junior’s section. Now why would a girl want to wear something like this? To display how competitive and untrustworthy she is? Or just to be mean and bitchy?
When I saw this t-shirt, I was immediately reminded of the song “Don’t Cha” by the Pussycat Dolls. Granted, with their highly-sexualized image, the Pussycat Dolls are hardly models of progress, so lyrics such as theirs should come as no surprise. In case you haven’t heard the song, here’s the chorus:
Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?
Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me?
Don’t cha, don’t cha, baby
Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was raw like me?
Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was fun like me?
Don’t cha, don’t cha
Pop culture seems to treat petty competitiveness and insults as part of being female. The idiotic t-shirts, the man-stealing songs, the catty reality show contestants, the magazine articles about “What Makes Men Cheat?” — they all regularly remind us that other women are threats. Until she proves she’s our BFF, she’s the enemy or worse — the frenemy — so we’d better watch our backs.