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Target America slammed over ‘revealing’ little girls’ clothes

A US woman has slammed a major retailer claiming young girls’ attire is often made “tighter” and “shorter” than the clothing sold to boys.

A woman has blasted Target in the US for selling clothes for boys and girls that are drastically different in design and style.

Meredith Alston, a mother-of-three from Maryland in the US, took to TikTok to explain how she noticed items sold in the girls’ section were far less “practical” or “functional” than what was offered in the boys’ section.

She also claimed that girls’ attire at the major US retailer is often made “tighter” and “shorter” than the clothing for boys.

Despite sharing the same name and logo, Target Australia carries no relation to the Target Corporation in America.

“Target, if you’re listening, I need to ask you a question. My daughter needed some new pants for school. So, in the girls’ section, we [found] these nice, stretchy, airy, thin leggings,” she began one of her now viral clips from March.

The mum held up a pair of tight navy blue girls’ pants as she continued her rant.

“Now, let’s look as what the boys have. These are durable, they have an adjustable drawstring, and these have reinforced knees so they don’t fall apart every month,” she said while showing off a pair of looser boys’ cargo pants.”

In another clip she shared on Wednesday, Meredith compared a pair of navy blue boys’ shorts to a pair of colorful pinstriped girls’ shorts.

“These are for the same age group, size medium, ages seven to eight,” she said, while holding up the two different pairs.

“I don’t have to tell you which pair was made for girls and which was designed for boys.

“Just look at the length, the tiny little pockets, as if girls don’t have sh*t they want to put in their pockets, like they don’t collect things.

“This matters because who’s gonna be dresscoded and told that their shorts are too short? And don’t tell me to just shop in the boys’ section, that’s not what this is about.”

Meredith explained the shorts were the closest comparable things she could find.

“Look how many pockets and extra fabric the boys’ shorts have versus the girls’ – and yet, the boys’ are somehow cheaper.”

She claimed the toddler section is the same, adding the boys’ longer shorts with pockets are $6, compared to “these barely functioning $8 shorts for girls”.

She claimed that she struggled to find one single pair of pants in the girls’ section that came with extra fabric in the knees, as the boys’ pants did.

“I didn’t see any pants or leggings in the girls’ section that had reinforced knees. They have what they call a “durable knee” made of “tough cotton,” which is just 95 per cent cotton and 5 per cent spandex,” she said in a separate clip.

Meredith’s series of videos have since sparked a huge debate, and while many agreed with her, others were less supportive.

“This is true. My daughters wear size 3-6 in boys and 12 months in girls. Make it make sense,” one woman wrote.

“Thank you, it’s so obviously sexist,” another said.

One woman wrote she now understands why her son has never ruined a pair of pants when her daughter “blows out every knee”, and Meredith responded: “It’s because these are so poorly made too! If they fall one time, they’re gonna rip!”

Others defended the US brand and encouraged the mum to shop in the boys’ section if she has an “issue with the girl pants”.

“Literally no one is stopping you,” one person wrote.

“Your daughter can wear those same boys’ pants and they look super cute,” another wrote while a third added it will “solve her problem”.

But Meredith was quick to hit back saying it represented a far bigger “issue”.

“What actually concerns me is the severity of the consequences girls face for their clothing,” she said.

“Children, largely girls, continue to be removed from their classrooms for violating their school’s dress code policies.

“Girls face barriers to accessing clothing that is functional, durable, practical and in keeping with their school’s dress code policies.”

She also slammed fellow mums who have since commented telling her to “stop complaining”.

She said they “perhaps haven’t had to consider the consequences their children might face because of the shorts that they’re wearing”.

“But the consequences that my daughters face are worth talking about at the very least,” she continued in another clip.

“Our daughters are entitled to respect and dignity and safety, and to be treated like children.

“And don’t worry, no one is saying that anyone is more or less entitled to any of those things.

“We would just appreciate clothing for ourselves and our children that’s designed to function just as well for clothing that’s designed for boys and men.

“You don’t have to be a parent to care about this issue, and you certainly don’t have to have a daughter to know that what women wear is used as a weapon against them,” she said.

News.com.au has contacted Target America for comment.

Originally published as Target America slammed over ‘revealing’ girls’ clothing

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