How can the name of an article of clothing stir up so much controversy? I would understand a piece of clothing revealing too much on someone’s body being controversial, but not its name. A wife-beater is an undershirt that has recently become popular to both men and woman in our nation. Many athletes and celebrities have promoted the wife-beater because it’s attractive and shows off the body well. “The name is the issue” (Smith 322). To many people the name “wife-beater” is inappropriate. Parents don’t want their children supporting a name of the undershirt by wearing it. Many have been pushing for years to change the name of this undershirt because it’s unacceptable to most people and the stereotype that comes along with it.
When I was in middle school I first was introduced to the wife-beater on our school basketball team. I thought the wife-beater was a weird name at first but I liked wearing it as an undershirt during games. Personally I don’t think anything is wrong with the name and don’t think the name needs to be changed. I wore the undershirt because of its purpose not because I beat women or support women abuse. The stereotype that has come with the undershirt is unfortunate but there isn’t much we can do about how people think when they see someone wearing it.
Changing the name of the undershirt isn’t necessary because to almost every person who wears it, the stereotype doesn’t apply to. The stereotype has been outdated from “only trailer trash wears it” to almost every social class wearing it because of its purpose. It’s a great way to prevent sweat from forming on your outer shirt and popular among athletes playing in a game and even businessman walking in a suit on a warm day. I believe people are taking the wrong approach and really isn’t an issue. We need to accept the name of the undershirt because in the end, it’s only an undershirt.