$35.00

PRODUCT DETAILS

White shirt with black text, digitally printed on front and back in Brooklyn, NYC. The t-shirt itself is 100% 6.5oz cotton with a sturdy feel and a generous, unisex fit.


The "BLACK WITH WHITE TEXT" colorway of this product can be seen here.

FIT/FABRIC/CARE


We recommend ordering "true-to-size," though if you are looking for a slim, closer-to-the-body fit, you might consider sizing down. 


This tee has a heavy and sturdy feel with a more generous fit (about 1” wider on the flat than a contemporary T-shirt) and a ribbed, fitted neckline. It feels structured and not "clingy" or "drapey."


Because this tee shirt is garment dyed, it is virutally shrink-free and will fit very similarly post-wash as it does when you first receive it. To best maintain the print quality,we recommend machine washing inside out  on a gentle cycle in cold water, and tumble drying inside out on low heat. Dry cleaning is not recommended. Do not bleach (spot treatment is OK).


Please note that because this shirt is individually hand-printed, exact placement of text on front and/or back may vary slightly from the garment pictured here.


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STORY


The text for this shirt was adapted from Alan Wakeman's 1975 poster-mural that mocked heterosexist platitudes. He is an absolute hero of mine, and more about him can be learned here. The full text that is printed on the shirt is as follows: 


 WHAT EXACTLY IS HETEROSEXUALITY AND WHAT CAUSES IT? 


 WHAT IT IS:

 Heterosexuality is a condition in which people have a driving emotional and sexual interest in members of the opposite sex. Because of the anatomical, physiological, social and cultural limitations involved, there are formidable obstacles to be overcome. However, many heterosexuals look upon this as a challenge and approach it with ingenuity and energy. Indeed it can be said that most heterosexuals are obsessed with the gratification of their curious desires. 

 WHAT CAUSES IT: 

Hormonal imbalance? Economic conditions? Fear of death? Cultural deprivation? Pathological condition? Social conditioning? Childhood trauma? Parental program?

HORMONAL IMBALANCE

 One theory advanced is that heterosexuals have an imbalance in their sex hormones instead of the normal mixture of the two, they have an excess of one or a dearth of the other, resulting in an inability to enjoy full and satisfying relationships with their own sex.

 ECONOMIC CONDITIONING

 Our society grants financial and other incentives for exclusively (i.e. neurotic) heterosexual coupling: from tax concessions to council houses. To be gay is expensive and many people simply cannot afford it.

FEAR OF DEATH

 A terror of mortality lies beneath much heterosexual coupling. Driven to perpetuate themselves at any cost, most heterosexuals are indifferent to the prospect of the world-wide famine that will result if the present population explosion continues unchecked.

CULTURAL DEPRIVATION 

Most heterosexuals will be found to have come from a background in which an appreciation of the beauty of their own bodies has been ruthlessly suppressed. Heterosexual men in particular think themselves 'ugly', beauty being ascribed only to women. Many psychic disorders stem from this self-rejection.

PATHOLOGICAL CONDITION

 Many heterosexuals claim that they were just 'born that way'. Unfortunately this doesn't hold water. All human beings are the result of the interaction between their substance and their environment and heterosexuals, like the rest of us, must share the responsibility for their condition

SOCIAL CONDITIONING 

Many unthinking heterosexuals succumb to the daily bombardment of conditioning from the mass media and live out their lives trapped in oppressive stereotypes. We should feel compassion for such people, not hostility, for their rejection of all those parts of the self that do not conform to the 'married-couple' ideal, is a measure of their loss of contact with their own unique sexuality.

CHILDHOOD TRAUMA

 A bad experience with a member of the same sex while young may cause rejection of all members of the same sex through fear. The desire continues in the subconscious and emerges as a heterosexual neurosis.

PARENTAL PROBLEMS

 In most cases of compulsive heterosexual behavior, the parents will be found to have suffered from similar difficulties.