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Jill began blogging for Feministe in 2005. She has since written as a weekly columnist for the Guardian newspaper and in April 2014 she was appointed as senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.
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  1. walkingundine
    walkingundine February 11, 2008 at 1:35 pm |

    I like to think this is a convenient way for people to save me the effort involved in getting to know them.

  2. meggygurl
    meggygurl February 11, 2008 at 1:57 pm |

    I like to think this is a convenient way for people to save me the effort involved in getting to know them.

    Hee. Word. I use bumper stickers to this same effect. If I see any stupid pro-life sticker or marriage = 1 man + 1 woman stickers, I don’t let them in front of me.

  3. Pieter B
    Pieter B February 11, 2008 at 2:08 pm |

    There’s no “R” in the Cyrillic alphabet. The “R” sound is represented by “P.” The letter after the “R” on th T-shirt is the “D” sound.

  4. Pieter B
    Pieter B February 11, 2008 at 2:15 pm |

    duh. The “B” in the Cyrillic alphabet represents the “V” sound; there’s also a reversed “R” that represents the vowel sound “Ya,” but even if you gave ‘em that it’s still unpronounceable. “Voyadk” would be as close as you could get.

  5. L-K
    L-K February 11, 2008 at 2:20 pm |

    I see bigotry is hard at work over there.

  6. Foxfire
    Foxfire February 11, 2008 at 2:30 pm |

    Love the bottom t-shirt on the last picture. Social Darwinism, anyone? *rolls eyes* I thought the Gilded Age was over, people. I’m going to fail my history test today if that isn’t the case. Damn conservatives!

  7. Marnanel
    Marnanel February 11, 2008 at 2:31 pm |

    The “Borak” one is a parody of the posters for the film “Borat”, if anyone was in doubt about that, which also used faux-Cyrillic. Like anyone cares. (I thought they were accusing him of being secretly an Arab or something last? Are they saying he’s secretly Kazakhstani now?!) I think possibly the image is something like this one, though I can’t find an exact match.

    If anyone thinks Che and Clinton are “same old” anything, it just goes to show they haven’t spent the time to read what either of them stood or stands for.

    Actually, that “America’s Universities” thing could be rather fun to wear ironically.

  8. BabyPop
    BabyPop February 11, 2008 at 2:43 pm |

    I found a bigger view on flickr. Something about communist leanings, and, of course, Hussein.

    There’s also this gem.

    Looking through the flickr tags for “CPAC” all I can do is think to myself, “Damn, that’s a whole lot of white people.”

  9. Marnanel
    Marnanel February 11, 2008 at 2:56 pm |

    Oh, thanks, BabyPop: that lets me find this. “Communist learnings of Hussein for make benefit glorious nation of Amerikastan” (not “leanings” as the title has it) with all the Ns reversed. The film’s title was “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”.

  10. Amanda
    Amanda February 11, 2008 at 2:57 pm |

    Don’t forget about this:

  11. Amanda
    Amanda February 11, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  12. Amanda
    Amanda February 11, 2008 at 3:05 pm |

    It says, “Communist Learnings of Hussein for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Amerikastan, Coming in November???”

    Yep. Classy.

  13. Sarah J
    Sarah J February 11, 2008 at 3:24 pm |

    I wish that Obama and Clinton were as far left as the Right thinks they are. ;)

  14. Mold
    Mold February 11, 2008 at 3:26 pm |

    America’s Universities
    The Last Bastion of Communism


    The Last Remnant of Meritocracy
    The Holder of Constitutional Ideals
    Decent Wages for Most
    America’s Middle Class Zoo, see ‘em before they’re extinct

  15. Doug
    Doug February 11, 2008 at 3:40 pm |

    The sad thing is that even if McCain gets stomped by Clinton or Obama in the general election, it won’t chasten these folks at all. Their reaction will be, “See? If we’d just nominated someone who’s as bat-shit-crazy a right-winger as we are, instead of this limpdick McCain, our side would’ve won in a landslide!” They really are convinced that stuff like calling Obama a commie Muslim is something that resonates profoundly with the rest of the country.

  16. Hot Tramp
    Hot Tramp February 11, 2008 at 3:47 pm |

    Actually, most of those shirts aren’t representative of “the moral majority.” If Huckabee’s candidacy has shown us anything, it’s that there is a significant divide between fiscal conservatives and religious conservatives — many people who oppose legal abortion would NOT say that poverty is about “stupid and lazy.”

    Purely on the issues? A lot of religious “Republicans” have as much in common with Obama/Clinton as with McCain. If only we could make that case to them, and start bringing some of them leftwards.

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  18. Hot Tramp
    Hot Tramp February 11, 2008 at 4:45 pm |

    The organized religious right may not, Jill, but most people who vote Republican based on their interpretation of their religion aren’t part of the organized religious right. I maintain that there’s a bloc of voters who are currently going to the Repubs but would be willing to support government social programs — and might swing Democratic if a Democrat reached out to them and convinced them that their compassion for the poor, not their terror of gay marriage, should guide their vote.

  19. exholt
    exholt February 11, 2008 at 4:52 pm |

    America’s Universities
    The Last Bastion of Communism

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Yeah, right!

    If they think American Universities, especially the Ivy League are bastions of Communism, they obviously never visited the campuses of Berkeley, Oberlin, or Antioch. Compared to those three and other like-minded schools, most American Universities are bastions of the consumerist centrist-right.

  20. Hot Tramp
    Hot Tramp February 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm |


  21. Rebecca
    Rebecca February 12, 2008 at 12:37 am |

    Bet the cartoon buy building the wall in t-shirt 4 is an immigrant.

  22. Loose Cannon
    Loose Cannon February 12, 2008 at 3:17 pm |

    Vote Libertarian, and dispense with all the left-right nonsense. Smaller government, and less government interference in our lives, should be everyone’s goals.

  23. irisira
    irisira February 12, 2008 at 9:48 pm |

    Loose Cannon’s out to put me out of a job. And do it in a society where welfare’s not an option. That’s not nice. :)

    (I’m being facetious here, but I couldn’t resist.)

    My comment was more meant to comment on these teeshirts — I find them ridiculous and horribly ignorant. I for one refuse to vote for anyone who stands for these bigoted, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, jackoffs that are in no way representative of the true nature and spirit of Christianity.

  24. Raznor
    Raznor February 13, 2008 at 1:04 am |

    American Universities – the last bastion of Communism! Because, I guess, China and Cuba don’t exist.

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