T-Shirt Hell going. At last.

Richie talks about the flounce demise of T-Shirt Hell here – “Jonathan Swift is not amused” – and highlights some of the more violent, hateful, racist, sexist, homophobic designs. To add extra sprinkles to his tantrum, the owner offers a final hyuck-hyuck about his next venture perhaps being a “hooker farm”. OMG HYLARIOUS SEX SLAVERY.

The soi-disant “edgy social commentary” T-shirt site has produced products with slogans such as “Slavery gets shit done”, “It’s not gay if you beat them up afterwards”, “If a fat girl falls in the words, do the trees laugh?”, “Stop abortion, kill sluts”, and “Arrest black babies before they become criminals”.

They’re all absolutely vile. But for some reason, the “Coma Sutra” design, also pictured here, hit me the hardest of all.

Trigger warnings apply.

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Description: A black and white T-shirt print, rectangular, with six semi-iconic pictorial panels. The centre reads “COMA SUTRA”. The individual panels show a man raping a comatose woman in a variety of positions: in a hospital bed, in a CT machine, on a wheelchair.

Because rape is hilarious. Because women are objects for men’s amusement. Because the rape of women with disabilities never really happens, and is never really trivialised, and doesn’t really matter.

This makes me violently ill.



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26 replies

  1. On what sick, disgusting planet… oh, wait. Ours.
    Chally’s last blog post..Observe the shiny

  2. I didn’t think it was possible for a t-shirt to make me feel sick, show what I know.

  3. D:

    I have no words.

  4. Word to the young(er than me): risque humour is one thing, but picking on the powerless for your jokes is not taking much of a risk.

  5. I remember first coming across t-shirt hell many years ago, where there were a number of designs that I did find genuinely funny and satirical (a lot of anti-McCorporate Body type designs), and had a bit of a laugh and even signed up for their email newsletter. It wasn’t long before the designs became seriously awful and just not funny. Coma Sutra (above) is just. not. funny. At all.
    I often wonder where the drawing point lies between satire and becoming the same thing that you attempt to satire…

  6. satirise that is. (silly fingers)

  7. I have no words.

    I’ve got some.
    I’ve seen some pretty vile things on this blog, and don’t usually contribute to the threads. That, though, is the worst thing I’ve ever seen here. That passes through horrible into another level of horror.
    I don’t know if congratulations are in order. I hope not.

  8. I think I’m pretty thick skinned, but looking at those designs felt like someone stabbing me in the heart.

  9. I keep getting flashbacks to the one I put in this post. As a person with a disability… I just, ugh. I’ve happily been alone in hospital before plenty of times, but right now I feel like if I am ever in again, I’ll want a family member or friend by my side at all times. It’s hard to imagine feeling safe.

  10. *ugh* that’s disgusting. Why would anyone want to wear a t shirt with a rape on it?

  11. Do these people ever think of the effect their work has on real people?

  12. Yeah, I have to say that shirt is triggering memories of the opening scenes of Kill Bill. Sometimes I want to spit at male directors who use that shit for plot advancement and directing ‘street cred’. I’d like to say I can’t imagine seeing people wearing this, but I can unfortunately.
    fuckpoliteness’s last blog post..No, I don’t think I *will* cheer on the ‘big boys’ thanks

  13. fp, that’s about exactly what I was going to say. Though at least QT didn’t go through with the entire scene on screen for gratuitousness.

  14. Do these people ever think of the effect their work has on real people?
    What really, really worries me, Fine, is that I think they do. And I think there’s a type of person who takes the whole “I’m so edgy, I treat nothing as sacred or too sensitive or taboo, I don’t give a crap about other people and I judge how successful I am by how much I offend others” thing to this insane extreme. And people like that really do just lack any empathy.
    They’re not people you can actually talk to or reason with. Saying, “but what if someone you loved or cared about was in that situation?” has no effect, because they’re either too auto-defensive to listen or so seriously disconnected that they can’t even imagine themselves or their loved ones as being the butt of the joke.
    A guy I knew many years ago took great pride in his t-shirt which said “Save the whales, harpoon a fat person.” His parents were both overweight. Many of his friends, including me, were overweight. But he just could not connect the “fat person” on his t-shirt with real, living people he knew and liked and cared about, or comprehend that *we* weren’t drawing the, “oh no, not fat people like YOU GUYS” line that he did.

  15. I hadn’t gotten to that shirt.
    I heard about the TSH owner flouncing off, and I went to see what they had, because I like clever T-shirts, and honestly… I mean, they’re offensive, absolutely, but they’re also boring.  “But I’m being edgy!”  You’re putting into words what large swaths of our society believes is okay.  It’s fucking sick, but it’s not edgy; in edgy terms, it’s dull as dirt.

  16. XtinaS: So, so true. It’s like the classic Cradle of Filth shirt with “JESUS IS A C***” written in huge letters across the back, which I saw in the flesh some time last year. It was just a bit sad.
    The problem is that the kind of people who run and patronize TSH are like the kids in school who figured negative attention was just as good as praise, only they never grew out of it.

  17. Wow. Just… wow. Are we sure these people are real? That they live in the real world?
    It’s strange but the one that gets me the most is the one about slavery and the pyramids. There’s good archaeological evidence that the reason the pyramids took so long in the first place is because they were only worked on in the spring when the farms were flooded with the new soil. So to feed their families, farmers worked on gov’t projects.
    So, this is not slavery. And I’m tired of shit that’s been disproved for ages still be treated as FACT. IT’S NOT.
    And damn every one who thinks that any of these are cool. They’re NOT. This makes you icky and not someone I’d want to be around or want others to be around.
    I’m just curious that there are real people who want messages like that on themselves.

  18. @ Margaret:

    It’s strange but the one that gets me the most is the one about slavery and the pyramids. There’s good archaeological evidence that the reason the pyramids took so long in the first place is because they were only worked on in the spring when the farms were flooded with the new soil. So to feed their families, farmers worked on gov’t projects.
    So, this is not slavery. And I’m tired of shit that’s been disproved for ages still be treated as FACT. IT’S NOT.

    YES to this. The description of their life as “slavery” by the Hebrews who left Egypt still resonates, even though our modern understanding of it is distorted by semantics as I understand it – i.e. The Egyptian people were considered to belong to Pharaoh, every single one of them (and everything they produced), is what I’ve read, so that all Egyptians were referred to as “slaves” in a very strictly particular/literary sense. Pharaoh didn’t like the people who produced his tax base leaving his control, or perhaps arguing that religious taxes shouldn’t apply to people who didn’t practice the Pharaonic religion, and local administrators were no doubt often corrupt and/or brutal regarding how they allocated the grain ration, but that’s certainly still not slavery as we understand it today.

  19. Disgusting, thats all I can say. Well not quite all… the shirt is terrible but how could someone actually buy and wear it. I guess some types do or it wouldn’t be sold. Sad world.

  20. The ‘Comma Sutra’ is funny.
    This…not so much.

  21. @ Fizz:
    If the above is a typo, then I can imagine some sort of punctuation based “Comma Sutra” cartoon being most amusing indeed.
    If the above is not a typo, then you would appear to have badly missed the point, which is that it is gratuitously, even pugnaciously, offensive – that some people might nonetheless find it funny is not a justification that I for one find acceptable.

  22. It’s not a typo, tigtog – it’s referring to this:

    (If anyone has the original source, please let us know. I just grabbed from the first page of hits.)
    [Hoydenizens might note that we’re on a bit of a hair trigger on this thread, as we’ve been receiving some pretty damn nasty comments that haven’t made it past moderation.]

  23. OK, my apologies for assuming the worst. The Comma Sutra is definitely amusing and one that I might even wear.

  24. As someone who had a close family member endure what the “Coma Sutra” shirt pictures, I can’t even believe someone would find that funny.

  25. I read the very, very long thread on the news.com.au “article” on this – nearly 100% approval of T Shirt Hell and denunciation of “political correctness” from an endless parade of mouth breathers. (And hardly one post spelled correctly, but that’s just me being fussy.) We shouldn’t kid ourselves: humankind has a long, long way still to go.

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