The Boys’ Fitting Room

Written by  //  January 8, 2014  //  Kids  //  7 Comments

Boys Fitting RoomIt was a great start to the new year. The boys played on tablets at the Apple store as I acquired a shiny new gold iPhone 5s. We were getting stuff done. Next up? Pants for my growing 7 year old. Still embroiled in shuffling contacts from one phone to another, my husband finished work and joined us. I suggested he and the boys head down the hall to get some new pants for our little growth spurt king. My husband is a wonderful and attentive Dad, but clothing shopping for the kids is not on his typical todo list. Awesome. Sharing responsibilities, father-son bonding, fixing issues and getting organized. 2014 is going to be great.

Wandering into the store following a text saying that they were in the boys fitting room, I asked the attendant which stall the man with two boys were in. She snapped that they had left. Ah. The checkout line. I asked about the pants and my son was triumphant that he had three new pair (and promised not to whine and cry every time he got dressed as is customary). But then my husband said something that rocked my world.

“I wasn’t allowed to go in the fitting room and help him.”

Excuse me? So now when a dad is helpful and engaged with his kids he’s pegged a pervert? Isn’t that discrimination? Or is it smart of the store? No. I was upset. How demeaning to a dad. If it were a little girl and a Mom I seriously doubt this gender discrimination would occur.  I phoned the store. The manager remarked that there is no formal policy and it’s up to the fitting room attendant.

Fantastic. Apparently my husband must also LOOK like a pervert. Because when they hired the attendant to work at minimum wage and put her through training she memorized the standard pervert pictures.

So evidently, shopping for boys’ clothes is back on my plate. I will never put my husband through that experience again. Thanks – huge multinational corporation – for making Mom’s job even harder, introducing my kids to gender discrimination and insulting a good man.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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7 Comments on "The Boys’ Fitting Room"

  1. Colleen @ Mommy Panda January 8, 2014 at 1:56 pm ·

    What store was that? That was terrible!

  2. Kelly Krol January 8, 2014 at 2:49 pm ·

    If you haven’t already, I’d make a formal complaint to their head office, or better yet, contact the local media. They’d love to do a report on this.

  3. Christine Buckham January 8, 2014 at 4:54 pm ·

    Jill, I sincerely hope this amounts to a very bad call on the part of one salesperson. It helps to know that the store in question at least does not have a formal policy against men in fitting rooms with children who appear to be their sons. I’ve never heard of this brand of discrimination before. Likely the clerk in question projected his/her own fears onto the situation and acted from fear instead of sensibility.

    I like your website and your style of writing. It’s lively and interesting. Good on ya!

    Sam’s mom

  4. Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) January 9, 2014 at 1:32 am ·

    Absolutely bizarre!!!! I have never heard of such a thing. Totally crazy. I am raging along with you. I think I would make a formal complaint and also take it to local media. Fathers need to be honoured and respected. All men are not perverts!!! It is nuts.

  5. Creed January 9, 2014 at 3:47 am ·

    Unreal. As a husband that does a lot of the shopping, some of which is with the kids, this is pretty insulting. Sorry your husband had to go through this.

  6. Creed January 9, 2014 at 3:48 am ·

    That was supposed to be “sorry your family had to go through this.”

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