There is one garment that The Mister can’t live without and I love buying them for him.
And he’s very specific about the T-shirts.
The shirts can’t have pockets, epaulettes, brands or unnessessary appliques attached. That rules out anything from Rivers or Quiksilver.
So I was trawling through some online T-shirt shops to get a bunch for his birthday (ended up getting that Star Wars one I just mentioned). And I came across this.
My eyelid twitched.
I made the human version of this emoticon
There were more.
So many more.
Clearly these T-shirts were meant to be funny.
I wasn’t laughing. I was cringing. And feeling really uncomfortable reading the slogans.
I remember this feeling.
It was seeing a line that Cotton On brought out for infants.
T-shirts and onesies that declared stuff like ‘I’m proof that my Mum is easy’ or ‘I’m a tits man’.
Instead of a laugh, I showed one to The Mister with my mouth gaping open in confusion and disgust.
And you know what? It’s not just the fact that those tiny weeny seedy shirts were in the shop – but to get them on the shelves, the amount of checks and sign-offs needed to get them stocked in the first place.
OK, so we’re not talking about kids here. But there is clearly a market for this sort of ‘hilarity’. And if you do find this sort of stuff hilarious, that’s fine.
But this kind of humour isn’t clever. It’s kinda cheap and plays to the stereotype that bridezillas women just want to entrap a man with her talons of steel and lock him in the cupboard along with all her reason.
It also says that no man, deep down, really wants to be married.
I feel exactly the same way about bucks’ and hens’ nights being touted as ‘the last night of freedom’. And on a side note, if you ever feel like it is your last night of freedom, call it off.
And hey, maybe even call the cops.
I was reading a forum this week that mentioned the ‘Game Over’ design specifically.
Towards the end of the thread, I think some of the contributors were getting a bit sick of breaking down and trying to understand the douchebaggery that they started to come up with taglines that didn’t pander to misogyny.
Slogans like ‘Power Up’, ‘Player 2 confirmed’, ‘Challenger Appears’ or ‘Achievement unlocked’ were bandied about.