Um, My Shirt Is Supposed To Look Like That

I want to set a strong feminist example for my toddler daughter.

This is from last year. Her onesie says: Little Feminist. Too obvious?

I want her to see that women can look beautiful and sexy without boobs and butts hanging out. But I also want her to know that growing older and maternal doesn’t mean becoming an asexual prude with a mom haircut and jean that go from the belly button to the ankles.

But my daughter, N, is making this difficult. Because when I pick her up while wearing this:

A nice blue tank top.

She pulls up my shirt saying: Shirt fall down? Shirt fall down!

It’s like she’s channeling my parents from back in my high school days.

Me: Thanks sweetie, but I’m pretty sure that my shirt is supposed to look that way.

She remains unconvinced.

So maybe I’ll go get my nun habit and be done with it.

My daughter would be so proud.

My first photo, mom jeans, is from the Internet’s Aunt Becky, and my last photo is also where you can order your very own custom nun habit. You’re welcome.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

14 thoughts to “Um, My Shirt Is Supposed To Look Like That”

  1. Every mom needs her own nun habit.

    My daughter is seven, and she still astounds me with her fashion comments. Sometimes that is good…and sometimes, not so much.

  2. I love your face on the nun habit. Awesome! She would definitely love that outfit more… she could play hide and seek quite easily.

  3. My two-year-old son doesn’t quite know what to do when I’m wearing a shirt that’s low-cut or that doesn’t have sleeves. He always says, “Mama naked! Mama is a naked baby!” So apparently tank tops are quite the toddler conversation piece. Who knew?

  4. I’m always asking, “Where can I find a nun’s habit?” Your blog is more informative than I’d originally thought.

    Also, that blue tank top is whorish, obviously.

  5. Awesome habit.

    When I was about to leave the house for my daughter’s end-of-year Kindergarten performance, she asked me if I had anything “pretty” to wear. I may as well have been wearing mom jeans up to mah boobehs when I heard that. My guess is she’d like to to wear your tank top. 😉

  6. I had to laugh about this. Working at a high school, I have to be careful to not wear too many low-cut clothes (mostly because the schools has a high percentage of boys).

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