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'Sexist Trousers' Spark Twitter Row (Label Instructs Men to Give Their Laundry to Women)
The Telegraph ^ | 06 Mar 2012 | Emma Barnett

Posted on 03/06/2012 12:16:00 PM PST by nickcarraway

In the battle of the sexes, sparring over who should do the washing is nothing new - but one clothing company sparked a Twitter outcry after the chauvinist label in a pair of its trousers was judged below the belt.

Madhouse, a nationwide chain of discount men’s clothing stores, was branded “shameful” and “outrageous” by hundreds of Twitter users yesterday, because of the label’s washing instructions to ‘Give it to your woman’. The beige pair of chinos in question were purchased in London at Madhouse’s flagship Oxford Street store last month.

The incident shows the power of Twitter to embarrass companies which make such gaffes. Last year, Topman was forced to apologise and remove a range of t-shirts from shelves after Twitter users said they were sexist. One t-shirt said: “Nice new girlfriend – what breed is she?”

Vanessa Truskey, a publicity executive, commenting on the Madhouse trouser label, tweeted: “Lately I can't tell which decade I'm living in. What brand are those trousers?! I can only assume that's a joke.”

Another tweeter, Julia Hines, the chair of charity Age UK in Barnett, London, agreed, writing: “That is extraordinary! Name and shame the brand (presumably shopping is also women's work).”

However, certain Twitter users thought the ‘advice’ was light-hearted and funny.

Paul Reeves, from Surbiton, tweeted: “I literally cannot see why people are so upset by a bit of humour in some trousers.”

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: funny; napl

1 posted on 03/06/2012 12:16:04 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Outrage my ass.

Now make me a samich woman.


2 posted on 03/06/2012 12:19:29 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: All

where can I buy those?


3 posted on 03/06/2012 12:20:21 PM PST by newnhdad (Soylent green is people..)
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To: nickcarraway
Why is "colors" spelled the American way?

Noah Webster rules!

4 posted on 03/06/2012 12:25:51 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: nickcarraway

I like these!

We have three laundry baskets at home... whites, colors, and DON’T TOUCH!!! Those would be the things I don’t want my husband to destroy.

(Yes, I segregate my laundry. It’s not illegal yet.)


5 posted on 03/06/2012 12:26:25 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Smith & Wesson: The original point and click interface)
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To: nickcarraway

ROFL&L&L&L&L&L&LMAO!!!!!!


6 posted on 03/06/2012 12:30:32 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Verginius Rufus

Good catch. It doesn’t say where they were manufactured.


7 posted on 03/06/2012 12:30:45 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
I can only assume that's a joke.

It must be sad to go through life with such a chip on your shoulder that your sense of humor is totally squashed.

8 posted on 03/06/2012 12:31:25 PM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican
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To: nickcarraway

So what does the garment itself look like?

I think it’s kind of clever. For equality’s sake they should put “give it to your man” on skirts.


9 posted on 03/06/2012 12:32:04 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: SandyInSeattle

So your husband will do laundry from the other two baskets?


10 posted on 03/06/2012 12:37:41 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
This has been going on for a while. I bought a shirt for my son a couple of years ago at Burlington Coat Factory, and it had this on the packaging:


11 posted on 03/06/2012 12:40:01 PM PST by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: samiam1972; trisham; metmom; Tax-chick

I think this is hysterical!

12 posted on 03/06/2012 12:43:39 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: nickcarraway

Yes, he does.

I don’t keep any bleach in the house, so he can’t do much damage. Actually he does a really good job, once I convinced him that fabric softener makes me happy.


13 posted on 03/06/2012 12:44:12 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Smith & Wesson: The original point and click interface)
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To: B Knotts

You actually bothered to read the fine print? Do the Chinese workers who make this understand/write English?


14 posted on 03/06/2012 12:44:36 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Thats what I do.


15 posted on 03/06/2012 12:45:30 PM PST by riverrunner
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To: nickcarraway

So what do the male same sex couples do?


16 posted on 03/06/2012 12:52:28 PM PST by rfreedom4u (Just because someone thinks it's a good idea doesn't make it legal.)
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To: wagglebee

I think it’s funny and true. Or maybe funny because it is true. Mr. t doesn’t usually read directions or labels, so he can be dangerous in the laundry room. On the other hand, he irons very well. I do the laundry and he does the ironing. Perfect.


17 posted on 03/06/2012 12:53:08 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: newnhdad
where can I buy those?

I don't know, women are supposed to do the shopping.....and I haven't seen them at Harbor Freight or Tractor Supply.

18 posted on 03/06/2012 12:58:03 PM PST by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: nickcarraway; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...


19 posted on 03/06/2012 12:59:44 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: wagglebee

That’s funny stuff. However, I make the kids do the laundry. :0)


20 posted on 03/06/2012 1:05:26 PM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: SandyInSeattle
I don't know why some women are so thin skinned. I think it's pretty funny.
21 posted on 03/06/2012 1:23:27 PM PST by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: nickcarraway
"I can only assume that's a joke.”

Wow! Nothing gets by this super genius lady!

22 posted on 03/06/2012 1:28:13 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: ladyvet

That’s what’s wrong with the world. Too many people have no sense of humor!


23 posted on 03/06/2012 1:29:29 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Smith & Wesson: The original point and click interface)
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To: nickcarraway

24 posted on 03/06/2012 1:49:51 PM PST by maggief
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To: nickcarraway

That is funny. The one who thought of that label is a marketing ace and deserves a hefty raise.


25 posted on 03/06/2012 1:52:40 PM PST by lurk
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To: nickcarraway

All your laundry are belong to her?


26 posted on 03/06/2012 2:30:45 PM PST by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: rfreedom4u
So what do the male same sex couples do?

I'm NOT going to answer that!

27 posted on 03/06/2012 2:32:49 PM PST by null and void (Day 1141 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: wagglebee

I think it’s funny, too. I hate letting the Male Family Members use my washing machine, but I finally had to after the baby was born, because I’d been up until midnight every night getting it done and couldn’t do that anymore.


28 posted on 03/06/2012 2:45:26 PM PST by Tax-chick (Maybe it IS about contraception. Read "Planned Parenthood v. Casey" decision, 1992.)
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To: nickcarraway
Vanessa Truskey, a publicity executive, commenting on the Madhouse trouser label, tweeted: “Lately I can't tell which decade I'm living in. What brand are those trousers?! I can only assume that's a joke.”

I LOL'd, so it was easy for me to tell it's a joke.

29 posted on 03/06/2012 2:50:55 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (We have nothing to fear except fear itself.... And bunnies.)
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To: Oztrich Boy
It is not a joke around our house. My wife won't let me do the laundry. She claims that I'll just destroy the finer items. I try NOT to dissuade her.

She also claims that yard work is MY job, because she'll just destroy things. I HAVE tried to dissuade her, but she isn't convinced yet.

30 posted on 03/06/2012 5:04:21 PM PST by fini
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To: SandyInSeattle

We both do laundry. There are three laundry baskets: whites, coloureds (correct English spelling), and delicates.

If I’m not sure about something of the wife’s, it goes into the delicate basket.


31 posted on 03/07/2012 4:16:01 AM PST by fredhead (It's my Herbie year...check out the number on the side of the famous VW.)
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To: fredhead

Hey, it’s my Herbie year, too!


32 posted on 03/07/2012 6:49:39 AM PST by SandyInSeattle (Smith & Wesson: The original point and click interface)
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