words kill, words give life

peace and tees

Posted in fashion by Kaitlin on September 21, 2009

Today was the International Day of Peace. My meager effort to celebrate the holiday was to throw on a peace-themed t shirt. Which got me thinking: do message t-shirts, buttons and bagsĀ  really make a difference? Or do they make me look like a pretentious jerk? I decided to put my own wardrobe on trial.

Exhibit A:

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I have to admit I mostly have this shirt to irritate people in my hometown. My mom has repeatedly asked me if I would write in “legal” above “immigration.” I said no. Point for pretentiousness.

Exhibit B:

I’ve loved this Laurel Thatcher Ulrich quote since I friend first told me these words of encouragement. This tote cheers me up whenever I fear I’ve royally screwed up (an everyday occurrence). Point for difference-making.

Exhibit C:

Considering Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Diary of Anne Frank andĀ  Uncle Tom’s Cabin have been banned, this is true for many. The button probably makes me look smarter than I am, but it also draws attention to the fact that censorship is happening today. Maybe it’s a little bit of both.

Unfortunately, this trial has ended with a hung-jury (I think the judge was crooked).