target: Stop Selling Shirts that Promote Violence Against Women
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by June 15, 2011
We are writing to express our objection to the sale of shirts that degrade and dehumanize women and people of color, and one that implies violence against women. Many of us are college students, all of us are community members, and we are all consumers, some of whom frequent Tilly's.
For example, you currently sell a men's T-shirt by the brand LRG. This shirt depicts a woman with a piece of tape covering her mouth. Below this image is the text "Enjoy the Silence/ Drawing of Girl With Tape on Mouth." The back of the T-shirt has text that reads "Teaching women how to listen."
We hope Tilly's would not want to promote violence against women. While this design may have been intended as a joke, it sends a message that is closely tied to abuse toward women and the silencing effect it has. This image caught our eye because it is inconsistent with the rest of LRG's T-shirt designs.
We are asking that this shirt and others that openly degrade women and people of color be removed from all affiliated stores and websites immediately to prevent perpetuating this message of violence any further. Also, we would like LRG to reconsider designs of this nature in the future. We also strongly suggest that you donate the money you have already made from these offensive shirts to an organization that addresses issues of domestic violence. Please keep in mind that your target demographic is strongly influenced by brands such as Tilly's and LRG. We know how important your customers are to you and we hope that you take this matter seriously.
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we signed: Tell Tilly's To Stop Selling Sexist T-shirts!
Tilly's has removed the "Silence" t-shirt from their stores across the U.S.!
They will remove the "wifey" t-shirts if they hear directly from more people:
Irvine, CA 92618
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