Shopping At Old Navy And What I Discovered....
I'll admit it-I just don't get out much! With four little children I don't have the time to hit up thrift stores constantly, much less attempt to shop at the mall where I hardly ever find anything I can 1. afford or 2. think is modest. Sometimes my sister goes with me shopping so she can stay with the children while I go in the dressing room to try on clothes, but we normally go to Kohls for their off season clearance racks. :)
There have been a lot of Old Navy coupons out lately so I browsed their website out of curiosity. I found a really nice maxi dress that was on clearance and it looked like I could nurse in it when the baby comes. I hardly ever wear dresses while nursing and sometimes it's just nice to have a dress that you can nurse in, besides the usual skirt and shirt I wear.
I normally do not like Old Navy clothes for women at all. I find most of them to be cheap and they don't hold up well (sorry for anyone who loves their clothes, that's just my observation!). The reviews I read on the website from customers said this dress was made really well, so I decided to go and check it out.
When I walked in with my three youngest children I was reminded again of why I don't like shopping there. This was probably my second time ever to be in their store. The blaring music is disturbing and I don't like my children hearing it. We quickly went back to the clearance aisle, I found the dresses and started to search for the fitting rooms. I found the sign pointing to the fitting rooms, and started to walk in only to see a man walk out with his young daughter. I was a little startled and glanced around to see if there was a different sign for the women's fitting room.
It was then I realized that Old Navy has a co-ed fitting room area. One long room with individual fitting rooms for men and women to try on the clothes. There wasn't even a side of the room marked off for men to use, and the other side for women. Just pick a fitting room and go for it. I'm used to the standard fitting room areas that are clearly marked off for men and women. For some of you that might not be a problem, but it greatly troubled me. Thankfully the doors were full length, but still....women are known for talking in fitting rooms, coming out and looking at themselves in the full length mirrors, etc. Our current society has so dumbed down the differences between men and women that now it is socially acceptable to share a fitting room area.
After that shopping trip I was reminded again of why I rarely go to the mall. I was grateful to be out of there, and I don't plan another shopping trip at the mall for a very long time. As for Old Navy? I don't like supporting companies who constantly push the line on what is acceptable. This is a company who released gay pride shirts during the gay pride month that Obama declared. I boycotted them for sure during that time...but after shopping there again I realize I just need to permanently check them off my list of stores I shop at.
Standing up for what is right involves making a stand on big and little things. Some might feel a dressing room is extremely little, and in light of an issue like abortion it certainly is. But constantly letting these little things go is what has resulted in the American we have today. And I don't think that's a very good thing.