Crying Wolf

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” -Inigo Montoya (The Princess Bride)

I’ve had a trend lately of getting pissed off at people for “crying sexist” (or misogynist or whatever).

Here is another example: 11 Sexist T-Shirts Guaranteed Not To Get You Laid.

I can’t speak to the “getting you laid” part but I can say not all of these shirts are sexist. Some certainly are. Many of them are certainly crass. And utterly lacking in funny. But tasteless doesn’t equal sexist.

Yes, the shirt that reads “Anti-Abortion! But Pro-Date-Rape” is disgusting. I’ll be honest, I’m not totally sure I know what either of those things have to do with each other, aside from being positions advocated by people who are d-bags. “Don’t Act Sexist! Bitches Hate That” is pretty sexist, though idiotically so.

But there is a shirt on the list (the first shirt actually) that says “I Heart Midget Porn.”

That doesn’t have anything to do with gender. So how the fuck is that sexist? Crass? Sure. Midget-ist? (Little People-ist?) Perhaps.* But it’s damn sure not sexist.

*I’d argue that supporting their porn is pro-midget, not anti-midget but that’s an argument for another day.

Or the “Game Over” tee. I own this tee. (In the interest of full disclosure, I actually own the one from Busted Tees that says “Big Mistake”.) It was given to me by a boyfriend. And I thought it was hysterical.

How is this sexist? Traditionally, the game is over. For both sides. (Another reason to support open relationships!) That’s why people have bachelor/ette parties. You get one last play before you retire. Personally, I think my version is better. Weddings are a big mistake.

I own another tee on this list (god, I’m like 2/11ths sexist), the “Blow Me.” (Again, full disclosure, I own the one from Busted Tees. Again, I think it’s funnier.)

“Blow me” is such a common phrase at this point, it’s not gender specific. Further, dudes blow each other. Would it be sexist for a gay guy to wear this?

The final shirt that I’m wondering why it even made this list is the Condoms Kill Babies shirt. Actually, I’m wondering why this shirt was even made. Is the Catholic Church so in need of revenue that it has taken to selling tee shirts?

But again, where is the sexism? Idiocy I see. If the tee shirt manufacture is listening, I’ve got a suggestion for how to improve: “Condoms don’t kill babies. Guns Do.” Or “Condoms don’t kill babies. Lack of prenatal care does.” Let’s at least be scientifically accurate here people.

I feel like all too often people toss the sexism label on stuff that is just sexually crude. Women are still oppressed. They are still mistreated. They are still slurred and judged. They still hit a glass ceiling. Let’s leave the sexism rap for actual sexism.

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