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Update: Cafe Press Rape Products

Cara at The Curvature has updated her entry about those horrendous rape-advocacy shirts available at CafePress. Though I did a brief search last night through their terms of service, I didn’t find any info on the CafePress website indicating that there was any sort of restriction on the content marketed through the site. But this is why Cara‘s my hero: she found this page, which is a content usage policy. It details some guidelines for questionable material and prohibited content, including:

  • Use of marks that signify hate towards another group of people.
  • Hate and/or racist terms.
  • Obscene and vulgar comments and offensive remarks that harass, threaten, defame or abuse others such as F*** (Ethnic Group).
  • Content that depicts violence, is obscene, abusive, fraudulent or threatening such as an image of a murder victim, morgue shots, promotion of suicide, etc.
  • Content that glamorizes the use of “hard core” illegal substance and drugs such as a person injecting a vial of a substance in their body.
  • Material that is generally offensive or in bad taste, as determined by CafePress.com.

CafePress also offers an email address to report violations of these guidelines – you can email them at cup@cafepress.com.

I thought for a while about this situation. While I believe in free speech and I am generally anti-censorship, I also believe that advocating behavior that is harmful to another person is incredibly unacceptable. I emailed CafePress and asked them to discontinue the sale of products that promote violence and hatred toward women, and that glorify rape. I hope you will too.

Some of the content I am objecting to:
No Means Yes
Calm Down! Don’t Make this RAPE into a MURDER Case.
You can’t rape the willing.
Oh, that poor, poor woman.
Bind, Torture, Kill
Roofies: Medicate Your Date
Chloroform. It’s My Move.
I Heart Aquadots. (the graphic on this shirt is the molecular structure of GHB, a date rape drug)
You can’t rape the willing (but I can certainly try.) (a different shirt from the link above)
I “heart” getting raped.
Serial Rapist

And, for any individual that thinks my feminist position means I think it’s ok to advocate violence against rapists as a form of revenge, please note: I also oppose the following products (and others like them):

Rape Prevention Kit (features a gun with two bullets)
Castrate Rapists
When Will Somebody Have the Balls to Castrate Sex Offenders?

2 thoughts on “Update: Cafe Press Rape Products”

  1. I think the saddest part of it is how pathetic someone must be to own and wear one of those shirts. It shows that they have no sense of dignity or pride and that they are completely incapable of landing a decent girl with a pulse. Pathetic…it’s the best word to use for the people who created these shirts and the fucktards who wear them…and THIS is why birth control is so important.

  2. I think the saddest part of it is how pathetic someone must be to own and wear one of those shirts. It shows that they have no sense of dignity or pride and that they are completely incapable of landing a decent girl with a pulse. Pathetic…it’s the best word to use for the people who created these shirts and the fucktards who wear them…and THIS is why birth control is so important.

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