Remember when wearing a band t-shirt was enough to show who you really are deep down? Or perhaps your favorutie tee is one that a loved one brought back from vacation with a city’s name on it.

Or maybe you are the proud new owner of an American Apparel tee that shows a graphic line drawing of a menstruating vagina.

Of course, it would be one thing if we weren’t totally certain that this is meant to be demeaning and offensive. Let’s not forget that American Apparel is the brainchild of Dov Charney, the man who has been the subject of countless sexual harassment lawsuits, shows up to meetings in his underwear, propositions strangers, calls his employees sluts, and so much more garbage.

There is no way this could be intended to empower.

Take a look at the shirt below and then maybe go throw out the American Apparel clothes you own.


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  1. Trav – you just don’t like vagina’s! There is nothing objective about this if anything it de-mystifies it. It’s an in your face way of doing it. But hey nothing like shaking things up a bit.

  2. Starfish416 Reply

    In skewing the story to your own personal bias, you’ve conveniently left out the description beside the shirt, which explains that the artwork is by Toronto artist Petra Collins, the founder and curator of The Ardorous, an online art collective showcasing works of emerging women artists. And also that 50% of proceeds go to supporting this collective.

    So much content on the web these days is just knee-jerk reactions designed to sensationalize, regardless of actual truth. This article is the perfect example.

  3. Rebecca Oben Reply

    I am all for this as artwork but unfortunately I dislike this on a tee shirt.It can be taken in many ways like all good art. But I don’t really want my 10 year old wearing it or a younger child confused by it. As i said in a gallery or on someones wall it works but not walking around town. It is bold and brave but not for everyone.

  4. Trends relating to garments does not remain similar
    constantly. It keeps on changing . But some trends always remain in e.g. t-shirts. One should choose teeshirts deliberately, according to shape and size of body.

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