Outrage of the Day: Awesome, Sexist T-Shirt


Isn’t this shirt amazing? And look, there are three* lady writers on it! Three out of 26!

Hey, wait a minute.

Not only are there at least as many great writers who are female as there are who are male, but like. Women invented the novel, and also science fiction. Probably other genres, too.

This would be my favorite shirt ever if the creator had expanded the concept from his own personal favorite authors to a diverse mix of authors of interest to most readers.

And, like. Did he mean Thomas Jefferson? Because if he is suggesting that The Declaration of Independence is more important to literature than We Have Always Lived In The Castle, then I would like to resign from the human race.

Here is a draft of an all lady version:

Jane Austen. Judy Bloom. Willa Cather. Kate DiCamillo. Laura Esquivel. Rosario Ferre. Cristina Garcia. S.E. Hinton. Laura Ingalls. Shirley Jackson. M.M. Kaye. Madeline L’Engle. Carson McCullers. E. Nesbit. Joyce Carol Oates. Dorothy Parker. Q. Rainbow Rowell. Nova Ren Suma. Amy Tan. U. Cynthia Voigt. Elizabeth Wein. X. Y. Sara Zarr.

Obviously still a few to fill in. I’ve never read Quindlen or Xi. And yes, putting Laura Ingalls Wilder under I is totally cheating.

*Dickinson, Quindlen, and Xi, as best I can guess.

16 thoughts on “Outrage of the Day: Awesome, Sexist T-Shirt

  1. Sara Smith

    April 16, 2014 at 6:02pm

    I completely get your outrage, sister!

  2. Swistle

    April 17, 2014 at 6:20am

    I’ve read a Quindlen and…hm. It was…okay.

    I’m on board with calling Laura Ingalls by her maiden name. If she were living now I’ll be she would have used that.
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      • Annika

        April 17, 2014 at 7:21am

        I don’t know, “I’ll be” sounds Laura Ingalls era-appropriate.

  3. Laurie Ann

    April 17, 2014 at 10:27am

    Seriously? Thomas Jefferson?? That seems like quite a stretch. Perhaps this person never read Shirley Jackson, or even James Joyce, if we’re trying to keep it mostly male.

    • Annika

      April 17, 2014 at 5:39pm

      Maybe he just REALLY wanted to draw the liberty bell?

  4. Audry

    April 18, 2014 at 10:22am

    I appreciate that you made an alternative list. I’ll admit to not knowing many of the names. (I suspect when I start looking up their work, I’ll know more than I think I do.) But I am surprised that the t-shirt has so few women. Perhaps not as many female writes impacted the designer.
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    • Annika

      April 18, 2014 at 10:24am

      I’m sure that’s the case, which would be fine if he was just making the shirt for himself, but…it’s for sale on Threadless.

    • Annika

      April 18, 2014 at 10:26am

      Like, I feel like the ONLY theme was “writers I like.” Again, fine if it’s personal. But why not make a shirt of great Sci-if writers, or great 20th century novelists, or ANY OTHER THEME ON EARTH.

      …I have strong feelings about this.

      • Audry

        April 18, 2014 at 1:37pm

        A theme of “authors” does seem a bit incomplete. Playing the devil’s advocate, it isn’t a terrible selection of authors for people who don’t read at all. But some of the choices are a bit baffling. I think Clemens should have been Twain. It would make more sense to have pen names of the authors rather than the names they were born with.

        Could you send me a link to the shirt? I’ve been looking, but can’t find it and I want to know a bit more about the designer.

          • Audry

            April 18, 2014 at 10:31pm

            I had a look at his threadless designer page and he explains a few of his choices, which I appreciate.

            Anyway, if you were to make a list (or several) who would be on your list? If there were more than one, what would the theme(s) be and what authors would be on them?

  5. Arlette

    April 18, 2014 at 12:22pm

    And if you like things murdery, sociopathic grim, tensely written and occasionally covertly queer, Patricia Highsmith is your girl!

    • Annika

      April 18, 2014 at 12:50pm

      This is my favorite comment ever. And I like all of those things! I will check her out.

      • Arlette

        April 18, 2014 at 2:01pm

        Excellent! I just finished “The Talented Mr. Ripley” but “Strangers on a Train” so far is my favorite of hers.
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  6. Cazzle

    April 19, 2014 at 7:53am

    I am now very tempted to make one of these for children’s fiction. And put it up in the library.

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