Excerpt from Erin Rollenhagen’s Tumblr post:
When I was in middle school, there was a boy in my class who wore Hooters shirts every day. It drove my friend Sarah and I crazy. Looking back I’d say the shirts themselves weren’t the issue, it was his comments and disrespectful attitude more than anything that got our backs up. Anyway, after he told one of our female classmates she was “just a boy with a penis wrapped around and stuck up her butt” (I still don’t get it but I know it’s rude) we got fed up and decided to create a parody shirt. I remember going home and telling my parents about it and instead of talking me out of raising a stink, they immediately got behind us. It took my dad about 10 minutes to set up a drafting board with some yellow flimsy and start gleefully calling out double entendres. Once we’d settled on an animal, he even helped me get the shape of the rooster’s wattles right to suggest the appropriate male anatomy. Now that’s support. Even when we were threatened with suspension from school for wearing our shirts, the support from home didn’t waver. I was 14 and ready to take on the world.
Today for Women’s History Wednesday, we’re reblogging from the Tumblr of Erin Rollenhagen, who donated this t-shirt to the Iowa Women’s Archives back in 1994. The shirt attracted attention from more than just her middle school administration; soon she was giving interviews to local and national press, writing an essay on the controversy for Seventeen magazine, participating in a forum on sexism and free speech alongside the director of the ACLU, and sharing an Iowa Woman of the Year award with her classmate Sarah Hegland. Taking on the world, indeed.
The Erin Rollenhagen papers are available for use in the Iowa Women’s Archives: http://collguides.lib.uiowa.edu/?IWA0209
my intro to information sciences prof showed us this video Friday morning and I’m still laughing three days later
i want to go study in a library now
This is… this is beautiful. *cries*
The Secret to Odorless Pooping in Public
This is the best advert ever.
WHY AM I LAUGHING THIS HARD THIS IS GREAT
I got this ad on youtube today and for once I didn’t click skip so good job ad makers
My mom told me to change my “slutty” shorts before we went to dinner. I said no. So my dad cut his jeans to fit in. We went to dinner and then mini golf like this.
His legs look wonderful
His calves are gorgeous
His shirt makes this all the better.
Members of Congress are living off food stamps for a week to protest Republican cuts. It’s a challenge for them, but GOP cuts would hurt millions of everyday Americans.
Why does this not have more publicity. This needs it!
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Feeling a tad stressed? Here, have some capybara zen.