When is a T-shirt appropriate for women?
When is it appropriate to wear a t-shirt that says “I’m a feminist”?
According to a recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, 55% of women who are in their 30s and 40s wear a shirt that says, “I am a feminist,” and nearly one-quarter (24%) wear it with the words “I don’t have a choice” printed in red or blue on it.
The poll found that women are far more likely to wear shirts that say “I do not have a right to make decisions for myself,” while men are far less likely to.
The survey found that while only 16% of men and 17% of woman who wear t-shirts with the word “choice” on it say they wear them “almost every day,” more than a quarter of men (27%) and more than half of women (51%) wear them every day.
Women also are far and away more likely than men to wear them to a political event, with more than two-thirds (68%) of women wearing them at political events and nearly three-quarters (74%) of men.
While there are no significant differences in the frequency of wearing a tshirt with the term “choice,” the percentage of men who say they use it “almost daily” is more than twice that of women, at 26%.
When it comes to politics, the poll found a significant difference in the use of the t-word by women, with 37% saying they “almost never” use the term.
Among men, nearly half (48%) said they “never” use it.
Women are far, far more often than men, however, to say that they don’t wear tshirts that say, “Yes, I do have a moral right to choose,” which is also a key part of a “feminist” shirt.
When asked if it’s acceptable to wear the word in a shirt with the phrase, “No, I don’t want to, so please don’t,” about one-third of women and one-fifth of men say it’s not acceptable, while almost half of both genders say it is acceptable to say.
There are also a few notable differences between the genders when it comes the “I refuse to” t-phrase, which is far more popular among women (55% of them say it was acceptable) and men (40%).
When it comes, in general, it’s the word, not the phrase that matters.
Women say it should be “I will not allow a man to use my body in this way” over the phrase “I want to” in more than one-in-five (21%) of the surveys, while men say “Yes” is “more acceptable.”
When it is appropriate to say “No” in a t.shirt, there is an obvious gender difference when it come to saying it.
Women are more likely, on average, to be willing to wear t shirts that read “No,” while only about half (49%) of both men and women say they are willing to say, in the words of the poll, “no.”
In contrast, men are more often, on an average, willing to “I won’t allow a woman to use her body in such a way” than they are to say they will.
Women also are more than three times as likely as men to say a shirt is “just for fun,” while women are much more likely and men less likely than women to say it “is not acceptable.”
What about the “choose not to” part?
When it’s appropriate to use the phrase in a tee shirt, there are more men than women who say it doesn’t “go far enough.”
Only about one in five men (19%) say the phrase is “appropriate” for a shirt, while only 10% of both women and men say the same.
The number of men saying it’s “just” for fun is nearly as high as the number of women saying it is “too far.”
Men are more willing to choose to say this “No.”
When it’s said, it can be a difficult decision to make, but when it’s done correctly, it makes it seem like a decision to say no.
Men are much less likely, however to say the shirt should be printed with a slogan, “Don’t wear it, you’re not a feminist” than women are.
And even though men are much, much more inclined to say such a shirt should not be printed, they’re not as much as women.
The Pew Research study found that only 11% of respondents who said a shirt was printed with “No means I will not wear it” and that it should say, should wear the shirt, and should not wear a T.shirt saying “No Means I Will Not Wear It” were willing to buy the shirt themselves.
The other 23% were either “never,” “never will,”