Awesome! Got word back from Mantis Graphics about the Team Bella shirts. They’ve been really good with communicating; the fault’s on my end totally for not knowing what brand shirt we were printing on and getting a size chart sooner.
So the measurements are in the image above, and I’ll make a transcript behind the cut. The shirts are from Bayside, Style 5100; here’s the other info I have on them if you’re interested:
In response to your last post, as someone who has grown up in a family where my biological sister and her husband identify as Genderfluid and one of my adopted sisters is Gender Queer and I'm a Lesbian with an exception (and a fetish for Rocket Scientists) as well as a bit of a science geek I'm thinking it's the same sorta fear that makes some older LGB and/or "liberal" people respond to terms like "Homoflexible" or "GenderQueer" with an eyeroll and "Why are you making life so complicated. We don't need this many labels" People love binary, they love Black and White, Right and Left, Male and Female, Straight and Gay, Peanut Butter and Jelly people do not like more than one choice.
Why they don't like more than one choice I do not know, but they are frightened by grey, the middle, anything that isn't fiercely one or the other. Basically they want you to either agree with them or be something they can hate, or something they can accept but only as long as it's COMPLETELY different from anything they are. Vague answers that fit in both frighten and confuse them.
This makes me sad for them.
Yeah, I think I underestimate people’s need to categorize others, and to categorize in ways that affirm their own world view.
Now, I know, I’m not following Rule Number One of the internet by reading the comments. But I often do, to see what kind of thing I’m up against. It’s bleak.
When I read the comments on any article that mentions a transgender person, there is inevitably the cis person (or several cis people) angrily asking that the author “stop talking about this person like they’re a man, this is really a WOMAN” and pointing out, with many exclamation points, that “chromosomes can’t change!!! ” and demanding the other commenters “stop calling him HER and MISS”.
I think being a queer nerd gives me some obscure emotional touchstones. Like, I can’t call up a gal pal and be all, “You know when Karolina Dean and Xavin are fighting in Joss Whedon’s Runaways arch, and Xavin involuntarily takes on female form, and Karolina is touched because it confirms the queer dynamic of their relationship is authentic? That’s exactly how I felt.”
SO, my partner and I have been trying to make Team Bella shirts happen in his mother’s basement with a homemade screen. This method is probably great for making your own shirts (and I will, in fact, probably use it again for just that), but for selling, it just did not pan out for us. Each shirt we tried got messed up in its own unique way. Maybe I’ll post pictures of the rejects sometime.
Anyway, after some searching and comparing, we found a local-ish company that screenprints sweatshop-free shirts with reasonable minimum orders and prices! Fun fact: they do shirts for Hampshire college, where Candice spent her freshman year.
The shirts are up for pre-order at my SCHMANCY new storenvy store,HERE! They are $19, which I hope is reasonable for t-shirts from the internet. Here is the product description:
Hate Twilight? Love Twilight, but think Bella can do better? Ambivalent towards Twilight, but want to own a clever shirt that supports a poor webcomic artist? Pre-order your Team Bella t-shirt today! Pre-orders will ship the week of SEPTEMBER 13th, 2010.
Team Bella shirts are printed by a sweatshop-free and eco-friendly company local to the artist. Contact RJ with any questions or comments at: rj(at)riotnrrdcomics.com
PLEASE: If you like my webcomics, or if you just like this shirt, spread the word.
Old Spice Guy:"Hello, FEMINIST HULK. I observe that you are using lady-scented body wash."
Feminist Hulk:"HULK FIND LAVENDER FRAGRANCE RELAXING AFTER DAY OF SMASH."
Old Spice Guy:"Wouldn't you like to smell like me?"
Feminist Hulk:"HULK WOULD RATHER SMASH GENDER BINARY OF PERFORMATIVE SHOWERING."
Old Spice Guy:"Your tiny purple shorts hanging on the towel rack now hold tickets to the Sleater-Kinney reunion concert. And diamonds."
Feminist Hulk:"HULK ENJOY CORIN TUCKER'S REJECTION OF TRADITIONAL GENDER ROLES AND CONSUMERISM. BUT DIAMONDS MAKE HULK WANT TO SMASH HEGEMONY OF POST-COLONIAL OPPRESSION. ALSO, STILL PREFER TO SMELL LIKE FIELD OF FLOWERS."
Old Spice Guy:"You puzzle me, Feminist Hulk. Your wish to use lady-scented body wash, even whilst smelling the intoxicating scent of my Old Spice, is unparalleled in my experience. "
Judith Butler:"Feminist Hulk makes a good critique, Old Spice Man. Your discourse is being circumscribed by a learned sex/gender distinction. Please pass me the loofah."
Old Spice Guy:"Hello, Judith Butler. Allow me to scrub your back. So you and Feminist Hulk are saying that my devotion to Old Spice body wash might be part of a larger regulative discourse to maintain an essential ontological gender?"
Judith Butler:"That's correct, Old Spice Man."
Feminist Hulk:"HULK SMASH EPISTEMOLOGICAL FRAMEWORKS, WHILE SMELLING LIKE SPRING GARDEN."
Old Spice Guy:"I understand. Allow me to bake you a cake, Feminist Hulk and Judith Butler, while we discuss intersectionality and the beauty of giant green muscles."
Judith Butler:"Congratulations on making a break with compulsory heterosexuality, Old Spice Man."
Femist Hulk:"HULK IS VERY HAPPY TO SHARE TEARS OF JOY AND ORGANIC WHOLE WHEAT PASTRY FLOUR WITH OLD SPICE MAN AND JUDITH BUTLER."
My first memory is when I was about three. My family was getting a new dog. We were in a barn, I think? But anyway, we were all playing with these German Shepard puppies and once in a while I would say, “This one! Let’s get this one!”
And my mom would say, “No, honey, that’s a boy dog, we want a girl dog.”
And I got very cross at one point and asked, “How can you tell??”
So, yeah. I’ve been thinking on this boy/girl business for a long time, and still haven’t figured it out.