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Re: “What it's like to be a grown man whose favorite band is three women

Angela, the shirt was sold in men's and women's sizes by the band. It was never meant to be exclusively worn by women. I don't feel that wearing a shirt that challenges viewers with narrow-minded views of women or female musicians (the shirt read "Sleater-Kinney" on the back) is something that ought to be exclusive to women, and obviously the band didn't either. There are both women and men who identify as feminists, and the idea is that whoever wears the shirt is engaging in a feminist act. The fact that you can't distinguish this act of solidarity from some white person ignorantly blurting out the n-word is very worrisome.

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Posted by Michael Hanna on 04/21/2015 at 10:44 PM

Re: “What it's like to be a grown man whose favorite band is three women

To the geniuses who think the guy's shirt is sexist, here's a newsflash: That shirt was designed by Sleater-Kinney in 2000. Corin Tucker was wearing it before it was ever something fans could buy. The album released around that time was partially a response to the misogyny and violence at the most recent Lollapalooza. The shirt is simply aiming to take a typical bro shirt/message (the kind of thing you might have seen in the crowd at that Lollapalooza with Limp Bizkit) and turn it into something subversive and positive. Whereas the original message was of course all about objectification, the new message that Sleater-Kinney came up with, while not without humor, challenges any narrowminded viewers to reimagine women and/or female musicians as creative human beings who have dignity and deserve some respect. That was very much a battle that the band themselves were dealing with at the time.

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Posted by Michael Hanna on 04/21/2015 at 3:52 PM

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