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Statement t-shirts are nothing more than annoying

Instead of promoting your preferred fashion label or favorite travel destination, today you show how you think and feel with statement t-shirts: Meghan Markle, for example, that she is a committed mother.

“Raising the Future” is written on the t-shirt in which soon-to-be-two-time mom Duchess Meghan appears briefly in the trailer for her husband Prince Harry's new documentary series about mental health. The small British label Mère Soeur, from which the polemical shirt comes, can now hardly save itself from inquiries. Really?

Demo on the chest

Sure, a T-shirt can only argue polemically. Otherwise the font would be too small to read the statement at some point. But that also shows the next problem with these textile tweets: The message comes to mind. You see a person and you know immediately: Ah, they take their parenting role very seriously. Or: Ah, she is the queen of her own world. Or an “Incredible Woman”.

In the digital world, one is used to this; with hashtags like #selflove or #girlpower. The content of a Facebook or Instagram profile alone tells what you want to say as a person. But in real life, a statement on a shirt is sometimes more than you want to know. You don't always carry a demo sign like that with you.

Pointless saying

After all, one could say that the statement shirts have undergone an evolution: away from label propaganda or funny and stupid sayings (My brother went to London ...) towards political statements. Yes and no. At least there used to be something to laugh about. Today it's serious: So you don't just have a child and do your best. No, you help shape the future.

That's true, of course, and it's nice to know that parents take their responsibilities seriously. (Respect the mothers! Mère Soeur's label is pretty old-fashioned only aimed at women). One may also treat everyone to an upgrading of their parenting role. But "Raising the Future" is basically a completely pointless saying: in the literal sense, all mums and dads grow up the future, whether the child later receives the Nobel Peace Prize or throws his cigarette butts on the floor.

But if the point is that the child will later create a better future for everyone, then the saying is unfortunately nothing more than a cool translation of “Mathilda-Marie will definitely go to high school one day”. Or inherit responsibility for the family business one day. A royal family, for example.

You can't put more pressure on parents and children. And an interesting choice of clothes for someone who, according to their own words, has just escaped the palace machinery.