I’m not one for clothing with a message, but I wear that shirt with pride. Pride not only for the organization, but for the concept the shirt relays: anti-choice boys need not apply.
The other day I wore it in front of my parents for the first time.
“Love it!” my dad exclaimed. “How do I get one that says, ‘I heart pro-choice girls?”
My mother cringed at his suggestion. While she loved my wardrobe choice, the idea of a man wearing a shirt with a similar sentiment was a trigger. It was a reminder of a time in her youth when men saw abortion as a form of birth control and potentially forced their partners to seek this medical procedure.
My family is firmly in the “Men are Feminists too,” camp, but my mother’s reaction got me thinking. How does a man publicly show his support for a woman’s right to choose without triggering less-than-stellar associations of the past?
(Image via NARAL, an organization I truly love)
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