everyday misogyny, gah, violence

April 9: National Horrify Rachel Day

Seriously, it must be. First there was the whole clip from The View, totally dissing on Thomas Beatie. Then there was the frustratingly inane discussion in class about female suicide bombers (most of my classmates were absolutely opposed to the idea that female bombers could assume responsibility for their own actions; they were entirely convinced that the women were totally brainwashed). And now this, via The Curvature:

You can apparently by tee shirts that spoof rape.

Some potential slogans?

“Serial Rapist. :)”
“Anti-Abortion! But Pro-Date-Rape”
“Rape: My Favorite Hobby”
“No Means Yes”
“I Put the Sensual Back in Nonconsensual”
“Calm Down! Don’t make this rape into a murder case!”
“Roofies: Medicate Your Date”
“Chloroform. It’s My Move.”
“You can’t rape the willing (but I can certainly try)”

Oh, there are many, many more of these tee shirts available at places like Cafe Press. I’m not sure what to do here: I totally oppose censorship in all situations. But I also oppose violence, and this, to me, clearly promotes violence.

Guess what, people? SEXUAL VIOLENCE IS NOT A JOKE.

I’ll say it again, for those of you who didn’t get it the first time:

SEXUAL VIOLENCE IS NOT A JOKE.

It’s not funny. It’s not humorous or amusing or light-hearted.

6 thoughts on “April 9: National Horrify Rachel Day”

  1. What the hell is wrong with the people over at Cafe Press? Take a look at this gem: http://www.cafepress.com/buy/-/pv_design_details/pg_1/id_24185940/opt_/fpt_/c_10651/
    Now, I’m an Obama fan, but seriously, do we really need people running around in shirts that propagate TWO negative stereotypes on ONE t-shirt. OOH, and they have WOMEN’s sizes, too. I say we boycott Cafe Press. Or at least give them a call and ask they have an “anti-violence” policy. (I know, I know, anti-censorship, but, you have to ask, what’s worse?) And you know I looked up the number: 1-877-809-1659 😀

  2. What the hell is wrong with the people over at Cafe Press? Take a look at this gem: http://www.cafepress.com/buy/-/pv_design_details/pg_1/id_24185940/opt_/fpt_/c_10651/
    Now, I’m an Obama fan, but seriously, do we really need people running around in shirts that propagate TWO negative stereotypes on ONE t-shirt. OOH, and they have WOMEN’s sizes, too. I say we boycott Cafe Press. Or at least give them a call and ask they have an “anti-violence” policy. (I know, I know, anti-censorship, but, you have to ask, what’s worse?) And you know I looked up the number: 1-877-809-1659 😀

  3. Those Obama/Clinton tee shirts are not even grammatically correct – because they are referencing the plural, it would really be “Bros Before Hos.”

    Ah, America’s higher education system at work. Lovely.

    Seriously – I examined Cafe Press’s Terms of Service last night, and they have no restrictions on the content of the materials sold.

    A boycott? That was my first thought, too. And then I realized: I’ve never bought anything from Cafe Press anyway. I don’t plan to purchase anything from them in the future.

    And I’m still debating in my head – anti-violence advocacy, or anti-censorship? Hmm. It’s a tough call.

  4. Those Obama/Clinton tee shirts are not even grammatically correct – because they are referencing the plural, it would really be “Bros Before Hos.”

    Ah, America’s higher education system at work. Lovely.

    Seriously – I examined Cafe Press’s Terms of Service last night, and they have no restrictions on the content of the materials sold.

    A boycott? That was my first thought, too. And then I realized: I’ve never bought anything from Cafe Press anyway. I don’t plan to purchase anything from them in the future.

    And I’m still debating in my head – anti-violence advocacy, or anti-censorship? Hmm. It’s a tough call.

  5. Freedom of speak should only be tolerated when it does not impose on another’s freedom.

    DOWN WITH CAFE PRESS!!

    Your voice is strong Rachel!! Thank you!

  6. Freedom of speak should only be tolerated when it does not impose on another’s freedom.

    DOWN WITH CAFE PRESS!!

    Your voice is strong Rachel!! Thank you!

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