Borrowed from Grad Student Madness.
This might be a useful image for talking about the commodification of protest and “alternative” culture. It was being sold at the H&M store in Pasadena. It’s the latest in a progression of the co-opting of the punk aesthetic–first stores like Hot Topic started selling clothing with rips and safety pins and such in them, so you could go pay a lot of money for pre-packaged punk or goth looks. Now it’s gone a step further where they no longer even bother to put a real safety pin in–now you just get pictures of safety pins, meant to evoke that sense of non-conformity in the safest, most easily-marketed way possible, along with your Sum 41 (or whatever their name is) CD.
Dehumanizing women; women as toys, useful only for fucking; women as interchangeable:
By the way, on the back it says: “Isn’t that why women have more than one hole?”
Here it is in a pillowcase:
Different take, same message:
Trivialization of rape:
Glamorization of violent sex and the priviliging of men’s sexual pleasure:
Trivialization of relationship violence:
This last one says: “I like my women like my chicken, battered.”
Women in Need
Free Arts NYC
Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Children’s Hope India
American Refugee Committee’s Darfur Relief Effort
I like these kinds of things because they bring up two issues: Why don’t people just contribute $20 (or, in most cases, something like 10 cents) directly instead of filtering it through a corporation? And should we have to personally get something out of it in order to contribute to worthy causes?