'Boys are Stupid' Accessories
Worn in Our Schools
 

Boys are Stupid Campaign
Another One of Our Columnists Sends a Letter
Claire's Response
Claire's Contact Information
Borders Books Also Carries Offensive Products
Add Fred Meyer One-Stop Shopping to the List
Related Actions: Items from
David & Goliath and It's Happy Bunny and sold at Claire's, Border's Books and Fred Meyer plus Rotten Cotton and Future Wife Beater T-shirts and Flatline stickers

Boys are Stupid Campaign


Today boys have fallen seriously behind girls at all K-12 levels. By high school the typical boy is a year and a half behind the typical girl in reading and writing. Girls get better grades than boys and boys are far more likely than girls to drop out of school or to be disciplined, suspended, held back, or expelled. Boys are four times as likely to receive a diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder as girls, and the vast majority of learning-disabled students are boys. Boys are less likely to graduate high school, go to college, or graduate college than girls.

Allowing girls to wear "Boys Are Stupid" accessories rubs salt in the wound--why are administrators and teachers permitting it?

Author and LA radio show host Glenn Sacks is campaigning to get an international retail chain of 3,000 outlets called Claire's which sells hats, wallets, wristbands, socks and other products which say "Boy are Stupid - Throw Rocks at Them", "Stupid Factory - Where Boys are Made", "Boys Lie and Kind of Stink", "Boys have Cooties" and "Boys are Smelly", to remove these products from its stores. (Check the opening page of the manufacturer's web site which makes this violence against boys into a cartoon - see www.davidandgoliathtees.com .) We've offered to assist him in getting these products removed from retail shelves.

If, for a moment, you think these are cute, or give a little chuckle under your breath, or say, "There are more important issues to spend time on," would any of these be your reaction if they read "Girls are Stupid, Throw Rocks at Them" or "Stupid Factory - Where Girls are Made"?

Claire's Stores, Inc. is a leading international specialty retailer offering value-priced costume jewelry, accessories and cosmetics to fashion-aware tweens, teens and young adults through. Claire's grossed over a million dollars in 2003. Their mission statement reads in part "The corporate and field organization is committed to the highest standards for themselves and every sales associate at Claire's."

If you would like to contact your local Claire's and ask them to remove offensive materials, go to their store locator at www.claires.com/cgi-bin/mqinterconnect.exe?link=store_locator If you would like to contact them directly, write Claire's Stores, Inc., Claire's Corporate Plaza, 3 S.W. 129th Avenue, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027 or 954.433.3900 or fax to 954.433.3999 or www.claires.com

MORE MESSAGES

These products are made by a company called David & Goliath, and are sold at thousands of retail outlets worldwide. We oppose any product which says "boys or girls are stupid" or promotes violence against boys or girls. (See a couple of our prior campaigns regarding Rotten Cotton and Future Wife Beater T-shirts and Flatline stickers.) For those of you who have a Claire's close by, or

Prominent endorsements www.hisside.com/join_his_side_campaign2.htm#endorsements

To learn more about the boy crisis in education, see Glenn's columns "Boys: The New Underclass in American Schools," (Los Angeles Daily Journal, San Francisco Daily Journal, 4/15/02), "The 'Boy Parent Dilemma'" (Los Angeles Daily News, 9/6/02, Pasadena Star-News & Affiliated Papers, 9/12/02), and "Why Males Don't Go to College" (She Thinks, 11/13/02), and Mysterious Decline-Where Are the Men on Campus? (Abuse Your Illusions: The Disinformation Guide to Media Mirages and Establishment Lies, May, 2003) (Co-authored with Phil Cook).

For a more in-depth treatment of the subject, see Christina Hoff Sommers' "The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism is Harming our Young Men"

Source: hisside.com

Another One of Our Columnists Sends a Letter to David & Goliath


You're Making Money Promoting Violence & There's Nothing Funny About That

I write on behalf of fathers across the country to demand that you immediately discontinue production and distribution of your "Boys Are Stupid" line.

If the subjects of the slogans were girls rather than boys, parents and groups concerned about girls would be protesting loudly that the message is demeaning and promotes violence against women.

It is unacceptable, especially in a culture already too disrespectful, too intolerant and too violent, to promote violence against anyone.

I work with boys of all ages. They are anything but stupid. Your messages, are not funny. What you are selling is embarrassing to me as a man and an insult to all the boys growing into manhood (that's all of them). Frankly, since I write for the largest men's website on the net, I'm going to forward this to the editor, post a message, and write a column about your business.

I want you to know also that I will encourage all the youth-serving organizations that I know of to take a stand against this product.

As part of the national nonprofit Dads and Daughters, and on behalf of fathers across the country, I urge you to do the right thing and discontinue production and distribution of your billboards for the Boys Are Stupid line.

I look forward to hearing your response.

Sincerely,

Ted Braude
651 North Garner
Milford, MI 48380

Add Fred Meyer One-Stop Shopping to the List


Fred Meyer, a chain of large retail grocery/miscellaneous product chain, has added four of the David & Goliath boy maligning products to it's shelves. Ex-Boy Friend Sour Apple Lip Jelly. "Now that you're single, Get out and mingle. He was a jerk anyway;" Boy Girl Lip Jelly "Keep your lips greasy like a boy!"; Boys are Smelley Bath Pillow; and Boys are Smelley Shower Gel and Body Lotion. We've asked the local store to remove the products and will be asking the same of their headquarters. We'll let you know the outcome. (our letter)



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