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16 October 2008 @ 10:46 am
Using the C Word  
I just want to comment on the people wearing the "Sarah Palin is a Cunt" t-shirts. Knock it off! Our side should be above such blatant sexism. I don't care if you are a man or a woman--wearing this t-shirt is deeply offensive. Why don't you use your brains to come up with a great t-shirt expressing what's wrong about her policies instead?

It's not right when their side does it and it's not right when our side does. It only diminishes our valid arguments about which side is better suited to protect the rights and enhance the security and prosperity of our country.
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Kristenraisha on October 17th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
Choosing sides
Which side lets me wear what I want to wear?

Yeah, I know that you're just commenting because you're upset: you're not telling people what they can and can't wear. I know that these T-shirts are offensive--so are a lot of the bumper stickers, pins, placards, posters, and who knows what else floating around this year. ("Obama Bucks" food stamps, anyone?) Politics should be about valid arguments and reasoning, not propaganda and catch-phrases. And just because one political party does something doesn't mean that another political party should do it as well. A T-shirt is not a good place to put any kind of political commentary, really, because of the brevity of the medium: you can't fit much of a detailed report on so-and-so's policies or track record on a shirt (let alone cite your sources) and have it be very legible from a distance.

So, why do people put their political stance on a T-shirt in the first place? Why do people create satirical cartoons, comics, songs, and Daily Shows? These things shock and offend, and usually they don't convince anyone either way; the people who agree with the message of a T-shirt will laugh and approve, the people who disagree will yell and criticize, and the people in the middle will shake their heads and walk away. It's an appeal to someone's emotions, not their intellect, and people respond emotionally to such things.

--Says the Devil's advocate, armchair philosophizing in her "I believe in Harvey Dent" T-shirt. ;)
Tapatitapati on October 17th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Choosing sides
I just would like our side to take the high ground so then when we complain about the "Kill him" comments and the Obama bucks and the flyer saying the only difference between Obama and Osama is BS: Waterboard Obama, we are taken more seriously. If they can turn around and say what about the Abort Palin bumper stickers and the Cunt t-shirts...we're not going to be given much consideration.

I'm just saying we can do all these things but stay on the ISSUES and QUALIFICATIONS. There's plenty of snarky humor to be had that way. :)