15 Jun
Mouthing Off: Girls Can Be Pretty And Good At Math

Dear Parents of Girls,

Please don’t be upset that your daughters are trailing the boys in their math class.  If they’re pretty, they don’t need to worry about it!

Because it seems that pretty kills brain cells.

At least according to this magnet that was, until recently, sold at Forever 21.


By the way, who knew that Forever 21 sold magnets?!

And where are the “I’m too much of a jock to know how to read” magnets?

Surely they’ll fly off the shelves.  Especially if they’re illustrated so that the illiterate can understand them.

Hey, we know! How about we come up with other instant best-seller magnet ideas?

“I’m too hot to pay taxes!”

“Too adorable to make dinner!”

“Too disgusted by our daughters being subjected to sexist slogans to buy your crap!”

We think we’d sell a ton.


special thanks to Glamamom for tweeting about this.



14 Responses to “Mouthing Off: Girls Can Be Pretty And Good At Math”


Comment by Sophie@Fabrications.

Damn right!


Comment by Lynn MacDonald (All Fooked Up).

Well, that’s some serious bullshit. As someone who was A) a math major in college and B) has two girls at a top school I can honestly say that doing math and being pretty is not only possible but mandatory.



Comment by Desperate Dietwives.

OMG, I’m glad the magnet wasn’t on sale when I was a student: I always had abysmal results in Math, but I’m not pretty. Whew, I luckily escaped a bad depression fit!!!


Comment by Tonya.

Sadly, this doesn’t surprise me. Have you ever looked at the model info on Forever 21’s site? They put the girls’ height and the size they wear. Very VERY disturbing. It will say: “Meagan is 6’5″ and is wearing a size small.” WTF?? Not. A. Good. Influence. On Girls!

Liz @ PeaceLoveGuac Reply:

Yuck. That’s just ridiculous.


Comment by Karin.

Anybody remember the Barbie that said about the same thing (“Math is so hard!”)? ‘Cause I do! Anyway, my parents – my mom in particular – were livid about that. Just pisses me off that 20 years later, it’s the same crap.

oh, and I didn’t take much from the Barbie – just like I don’t think that blondes are best, it didn’t stop me from loving math class! I majored in chemistry (science = applied math) in college and before my son was born, I was a math & science teacher.


Comment by Kati.

Two words for them: Danica Mckellar.

I rest my case.


Comment by hokgardner.

I’m glad my daughters think math is fun.


Comment by Plano Mom.

Let’s make stickers for them that say something like “I’m too smart to worry about being pretty.”

Karin Reply:

love it!


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Comment by Math Whiz.

This is just disgusting. I’m a teenager in an advanced math class and, though the class is pretty small (8 kids), I’m the only girl. There were two others, but they switched, voluntarily, from this class to a less difficult one. This seems to me to demonstrate just how much stereotypes like this are affecting girls today.

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