By Alex Bradley
We’re all well aware of American Apparel’s ridiculous obsession with androgynous girls and boys modeling clothing items, aka next to nothing, sending Abercrombie & Fitch’s sexy catalog to the G-rated section. But, today, they may have gone too far. It’s called the “period power t-shirt,” and on it is a colored line drawing illustrating a woman’s labial area during menstruation and masturbation. Yes, that’s right. I said a woman’s labial area during menstruation AND masturbation. On a t-shirt. The shirt became a pop culture trope after American Apparel put it up for sale on its website, where it can’t be found now—“sold out” is the likelier answer than “taken down.”
However, for once, the clothing company may actually be using controversy for good. Half of the profits from the Period Power shirt go to The Arduous, a female art collective led by the shirt’s designer, 20-year-old Petra Collins. The Period Power shirt has a positive aspect, though. The shirt forces people to confront their discomfort with female sexuality, albeit in a rather abrasive way. Menstruation is not often associated with, in fashion. As Tracie Egan Morrisey at Jezebel wrote, “It seems like a cool project. But the question remains: Where the hell would one wear a masturbating vagina shirt?”
Such a progressive depiction of the female body and sexuality almost makes up for the company’s routine objectification of women. ALMOST.
Thursday, October 10
So, the mega cult-loving television show Glee finally had their Cory Monteith Tribute episode. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, you should go jump off a bridge—How dare you.
Or start catching up immediately . . . Seriously.
Glee’s tribute to Cory Monteith—who died in July at the age of 31 from a drug overdose—told a story that marked the passing of the character he played, the good-hearted, comically dim high-school jock Finn Hudson. It was an exploration of grief that was, not surprisingly, messy, awkward and painful. As catharsis for fans of Glee and Monteith, “The Quarterback” was much like Finn himself: Earnest, flawed, a little irritating and awesome. What the strangest part about performing a tribute on a fictitious show about a real and fictitious person was to deny the audience an explanation for what caused Finn’s death. Speaking through some opening narration by Finn’s glee-club cohort and stepbrother Kurt (Chris Colfer), we were told this information didn’t matter, with a tone that made it sound like it was inappropriate for us to even want to know . . . Harrumph.
They did not divulge any kind of reasoning for his death on the show. You’re not wrong to want to know his fate. You had a right to that answer. You have become invested in these strange young people who can’t stop singing and dancing! It made for a fairly standoffish start that caused me to doubt just how inviting, vulnerable, and authentic the producers were going to allow this experience to be. Though the only performance of the episode that rang true was Monteith’s real-life girlfriend, Lea Michele (character Rachel), the episode left viewers sad and confused for the most part.
And Monteith was 31?!?! . . . Wow. I need to go to the gym.
Friday, October 11
Strangely enough, I had to help throw a bachelorette party tonight, for a group of nerdy vegans, and I must say, with a plate full of Red-Headed Sluts and some tofu, these girls got trashed in the best possible way. Epic night.
Saturday, October 12
Remember how I told you about the bachelorette party? Well there was also a bridal shower. Tiny tea cakes and vegan treats for these nerds, and some fun bridal bingo to round out the day—weird but enjoyable . . . What is with that whole bridal shower tradition anyway?
Wikipedia says that “the custom of the bridal shower is said to have grown out of earlier dowry practices, when a poor woman’s family might not have the money to provide a dowry for her, or when a father refused to give his daughter her dowry because he did not approve of the marriage. In such situations, friends of the woman would gather together and bring gifts that would compensate for the dowry and allow her to marry the man of her choice.”
Fun, right? Weird is more like it. Weeeeeeiiirddd.
Sunday, October 13
UM . . . Weekends are now all about sports for most normies. Saturday was the first day in MLB postseason history with 2 1-0 games. Good news? Michigan State had a nice win vs. Indiana 42-28. The offense took a big step forward, which is now gaining momentum heading towards the Big Ten grind. The Lions pulled off a huge road win in Cleveland. The first half wasn’t very pretty however the offense clicked in the 2nd half. Bad news? Michigan fell on the road to Penn State 43-40. Gardner did not play well (again) and Michigan failed on all aspects in overtime. Surprise, surprise.
. . . Tailgating is really the only reason I’m into this stuff.
Monday, October 14
In ‘N’ Out and Diet Coke please—the only cure for this case of The Mondays. Guh.
Tuesday, October 15
I can’t get over the Period Power Tee. I think I’m going to get one and wear it when I go shopping at Trader Joe’s, and see what happens.