Re-victimisation for fun and profit: more Goliath, less David

A few days ago, Jessica’s Feministing post on a pro-rape shirt stimulated an email-writing campaign against the perps, “David and Goliath”. The shirt was pulled the next day. Success!

David and Goliath immediately released this T-shirt, with the following frustrated fuck-you blurb:


[Description: “Girls Fitted Tee” with a frowning cartoon women and the slogan “Miss Bitch”. On the order form is the text “Special 10% OFF code for all our friends @! Just enter the discount code NOMEANSNO. GIRL POWER!]

But was the “No means No: well maybe if I’m drunk” the worst T-shirt at the store? Not by a long shot. Most of it is just puerile mewling by twerpmuffins infatuated with Hustler, Bill & Ted, and Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs, who wouldn’t know the meaning of “irony” if Alanis herself handed it to them on a parodynium platter with a long tall glass of Blue Satire & tonic on the side.

But one stood out to me as being made of sheer, unadulterated nasty. Ain’t nothing wannabe-zany about this, fellas.

[cut for child sex abuse trigger]

[description: man wearing a yellow tee with a retro picture of a doll. Red arrows are pointing to chest, genitals, and arse, and the slogan “Show me on the doll where he touched you”.]

No more words. This one stands alone, a memento to the yawning absence of humanity amongst those who revel in re-victimisation as sport.

ETA: Just an addit that Todd Goldman the jerkfaced “artist” of D&G has a long, long history of plagiarism from multiple sources. Wonder if he stole this one from somewhere else too?

(And a second addit: turns out the “Teehee! Toddler rape!” theme is, well, a theme. See comment 2.)

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9 replies

  1. Is there one woman, anywhere, who would date a man wearing that T-shirt? Talk to him, even?
    If I walked into a social gathering and someone was wearing that shirt I would ask the host to eject them, and if they didn’t I would immediately leave myself after having ensured that I loudly told the guy just exactly what a jerk he was.
    Is it really that much of a horrible horrible imposition to ask these twerpmuffins simply to not be hateful jerks?

  2. tigtog:
    If people are going to be jerks, they’re going to be jerks.
    I wouldn’t think it’s a horrible imposition, but it’s still an imposition – I would think most normal people would understand your being offended, and announcing to everyone about the jerkishnish of a certain jerk is just preaching to the choir.
    Or punch him in the face. Nevermind.

  3. Bloody hell. They’re also selling one with the slogan ”In Dog Years She’s 21!”, and the stoned-looking model has an “Oops!” expression on his face. Do the math.
    And in the women’s tees section, a picture of a toddler/preschool age girl, pigeon-toed, in a baby-doll dress, with the slogan ”Lil’ Slut”.

  4. I’ve been raped as a child, & i dont find that doll shirt offensive nor funny. I can see how it would be offensive though.
    The way i look at the shirt is that it isn’t promoting the rape of women & children like the “shes 21 in dog years, & no means no, maybe when im drunk.” I see it more as poking at the judiciary system. I bet if you ask a man wearing that shirt if he thinks raping women is cool or acceptable, he’d most likely say no way.
    You could probably ask him does pointing at genitals making you laugh, & he’d most likely say yes. To answer tigtogs question, i probably wouldn’t talk to him because he is a moron.

  5. I do not find that shirt particularly funny, however I am not offended at all. I know of tee-shirts that are much more offensive, but I can find the humor in them. I feel that we should be able to find humor in everything, because if we take life to seriously our lives will be dull. I can find humor in death, love, suicide, and yes even rape. Our greatest emotional asset as human beings is the ability to laugh at our misfortunes.
    I do not necessarily promote these types of shirts, however I do not look down on them. We have made it okay in our society for these sayings to be funny, there is no point in reneging the laughter now.

  6. Our greatest emotional asset as human beings is the ability to laugh at our misfortunes.

    As you are posting from a .edu address, I double-dog dare you to find a t-shirt making a joke about John Crow lynchings or the Rodney King beating and wear it around your campus for a day. Are you brave enough to make a joke about those “misfortunes”?

    We have made it okay in our society for these sayings to be funny, there is no point in reneging the laughter now.

    Who’s this “we”, “Dina”?
    You wouldn’t dare joke about violence against blacks, because big strong black men would physically punish you for the hatefulness on display. But you’d oh so bravely joke about violence against women, because women are unlikely to physically punish you for it, due to a combination of socialisation against violence and weaker physiques.
    Bully, much?

  7. Dina a lot of things, like slavery, used to be acceptable to society until someone stood up and said no. Soneone wearing a crappy t-shirt isn’t as bad as slavery, but that’s no reason why we shouldn’t stand up and say no, it’s not acceptable to make fun of child abuse and rape. Sometimes you have to be serious and take things seriously. It’s called being an adult.
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