Tuesday, February 20, 2007

New Tshirt IDs Rapists

That's the assumption that women need to make about any man wearing this new T-shirt.

A new T-shirt being sold at Bluenotes stores in Newfoundland is a great big no-no, says the Avalon East Coalition Against Violence. The men's T-shirt is red and has the words "No means have aNOther drink" across the front in white letters.
What this T-shirt gets right is capturing the deliberate strategy many men use when they get rejected.

Men, if she said "no" even once and you use alcohol or any other substance to circumvent that "no," you are a rapist even if you are never convicted or charged with rape. Getting away with rape doesn't make you clever or smart or anything else good, it just makes you a rapist.

Not someone good with the women. A rapist.

I hope this T-shirt gets pulled from the shelves but in the meantime, I created my own variation on the NO MEANS NO theme. Check it out here. (You'll need to look at the larger image to get the full message.)

Hat tip: Feministing

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:02 AM   3 comments links to this post


At February 20, 2007 8:05 AM, Blogger sailorman said...

Ok, that is REALLY gross. What asshole would buy the shirt?

At February 21, 2007 2:10 PM, Blogger TamerTerra said...

Couldn't it be taken to mean the bloke should let it go and have another drink instead of getting offended at the 'no', possibly, rather than the more malignant interpretation?

At February 21, 2007 2:41 PM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

tamerterra, no it can't be taken as advising men to let it go. Not when it clearly piggybacks on the anti-rape slogan.

The more malignant interpretation is the response too many men take when they get a no. They pretend to respect "No" while plotting how to get what they want, whether she wants it or not.

If there comes a day when the malignant interpretation stops being a reality, then we can talk about more innocent interpretations.

Until then, no deal.


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