‘Give It to Your Woman, It’s Her Job.’

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Sometimes old news shocks me; if you haven’t heard about this, you’ll want to sit down and read on. A pair of pants in England has very unique, bold washing instructions: “Give it to your woman, it’s her job.”

Emma Barnett was cleaning her apartment when she found the label in her boyfriend’s pants.

“If the comment had been remotely funny, I would have been the first to laugh and shrug it off, as it really wouldn’t have bothered me enough to photograph it, tweet it and then write about it,” Barnett wrote in a London newspaper.

Madhouse, the men’s store that sold these pants, said the care instructions for the product had not been proofed by their buyers, nor was it “‘instigated or ordered’ by the store.” Madhouse also stated that it was “clearly meant as a joke.”

Some people found this care label hilarious, while many others were completely offended. I might have laughed, but I probably wouldn’t buy another pair – it’s a pretty sexist comment to make, even for kicks and giggles.

What do you think? “Give it to your woman, it’s her job.” If you found these instructions on a pair of pants your boyfriend or partner regularly wore, would you find it funny, or insulting?  Comment below!

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‘Give It to Your Woman, It’s Her Job.’

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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  1. This feminist movement has gone a step too far. If this doesn’t allow you to have a laugh with your other half, what else will?

  2. Profile photo of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I think this is HILARIOUS!!! I really want to find these and buy a pair for my husband!!

  3. I find it funny but probably because my boyfriend is fully capable of and often does do his own laundry. Love him.

  4. Profile photo of ErinF ErinF says:

    Ohhhh no. Joke or not, it’s taking advantage of and perpetuating the misogyny ingrained in our society (just look at the comments on the article linked, or heck, just about any article concerning women with comments enabled). It’s little infractions like this that normalize misogyny and make it safer for larger, more hurtful ones to occur. Madhouse should have apologized for the sexism, not defended it with "clearly meant as a joke," though it looks like it’s something they’ll keep an eye on in the future. If I ran into this, I’d make a note to never buy from that company again.

  5. Profile photo of Melody Melody says:

    If my husband said something like this to me as a joke, I wouldn’t laugh. I’d probably throw the jeans back in his face. I’d rather be thanked for the work I do around the house, not mocked for it. A man should be able to do his own laundry, and if he can’t read and understand a care label on clothes, then he needs to practice.

  6. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    I think it’s just a bit of a laugh, albeit sexist. A washing label in one of my toddler’s shorts says, "Wash when dirty." 🙂


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