Respond in style: Wear *these* shirts

[Trigger Warning: Links marked with [TW] discuss rape apologia]

[TW]Kirby Bits has thrown down the gauntlet (the one with the middle finger extended) in response to Penny Arcade profiteering via merchandise from the “Dickwolves” incident:

Which brings me to another point – where, except at PAX/PAX East, could you even wear this shirt?  Do you really want to see the kind of looks people will shoot you when their kids are asking, “What’s a dickwolf?” in the middle of the supermarket?

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So, to honor those imaginary victims of imaginary rape by a mythological creature whose every limb is an erect phallus, I came up with this idea, gloriously realized by an Anonymous Graphic Design Genius:

The Dickwolves Survivors Guild.

The shirt price is $1 over the actual cost.  All of those dollars are being donated to RAINN.  Thanks to the class acts at Penny Arcade for inspiring me and my Anonymous Graphic Design Genius friend to make this and use the profit to help make the world a better place.

From the Kirby Bits comments:

I love this idea, and I love the idea of actually doing something worthwhile with the money. Keep it up! I’d really like to see people wearing *these* shirts at PAX.

This is awesome – I hope these shirts are a wall of gold at PAX!

To steal a [TW]quote from Melissa McEwan of Shakesville because she puts it awesomely (trigger warning mine):

Here’s how teaspoons work: Kirby Bits, with the help of an Anonymous Graphic Design Genius, is [TW]selling a Dickwolves Survivors Guild t-shirt, all of the profits for which will be donated to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. If you would like to donate directly to RAINN, go here.


2 thoughts on “Respond in style: Wear *these* shirts

  1. Brendan

    I decided I’d rather just give some money to RAINN than pay $23 for a joke shirt that is both a very weird message and an accidental ad for Penny Arcade. Leigh Alexander put it better than I can yesterday.

  2. Meg

    Yeah, this shirt creeps me out a bit. I mean, I could understand using the idea of it to make a point (personally, my analogy in the discussions was “The Penny Arcade Snipwolves”, since the only sexual violence men are culturally taught to fear is emasculation), but I can’t imagine actually wearing any shirt referring to this incident.

    Maybe if it just said, “I am not our punchline,” or something.

    This t-shirt, though, is back to the original comic, essentially, which is what people had problems with in the first place. It isn’t saying rape isn’t bad (like their shirt does), but it is saying it’s something you exaggerate (by making the rapist a mythical, non-existent creature) and put on a t-shirt (or in a comic strip) in order to make a political point. “Hey, let’s walk around wearing a triggering t-shirt that makes light of rape!” doesn’t sound like activism to me.

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