The Telegraph wonders why “feminists are getting their knickers in a twist” over the Topman t-shirts. These are the t-shirts are the ones which say “Nice new girlfriend: what breed is she?” and “I’m sorry, but…” followed by a list of excuses.
These are crude, immature t-shirts. They reinforce the message that relationships are trivial and girlfriends are something to be joked about. They are designed to rub people up the wrong way, and I think it is a mistake for Topman to sell them.
Should t-shirts be banned? No. This is an area where I think the free market should trump what offends people. This is bad taste which reinforces domestic violence, but it’s not actually a call to arms. It’s not my role — or anyone else’s — to say what should and shouldn’t be on sale.
Saying they shouldn’t be banned is not the same as saying they should be on sale. I’m a consumer, and I don’t want to shop somewhere which sells those t-shirts. People voiced this opinion, and Topman withdrew the t-shirts. That’s what I call a result.