You won’t find this t-shirt at Forever 21. It was removed from its stores and online shop over social outrage (translation: Twitter Fingers) that the t-shirt promoted rape culture. In fact, the backlash was so severe that the brand instantly pulled the shirt off its website, offering, “Forever 21 strives to exemplify the highest ethical standards and takes feedback and product concerns very seriously… We sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by the product.”
Exhibit A: The t-shirt in question. Let’s discuss.Without knowing the context behind the outrage, at first glance, I’m not offended by this t-shirt at all. In fact, the opposite may be true: I can interpret this statement to be one of empowerment.
Don’t say maybe if you want to say no. To my sons, stand your ground. If you’re considering the moral, ethical or legal ramifications of following through with a decision, err on the side of caution and be true to yourself and what I’ve taught you. Be strong and have the guts to swim against the current, and while others may be persuaded, have the courage to walk away. Saying “maybe” often opens a door that is better off closed; if you want to say no, just say no. (more…)Keep Reading