Topman t-shirt compares girlfriends to animals


10:05 am - September 14th 2011

by Sunny Hundal    


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This is an actual t-shirt currently being sold by Topman

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To be honest I smirked.

Just out of interest, is there also one for boys?

3. Topman Executive

Thanks for the free advertising chaps, sales are going through the roof!

Looking forward to my bumper bonus this year!

Trebles all round!

Seriously? It’s a bloody joke. And besides, if it offends women then the owner of said t-shirt will find this out quickly enough when he goes out wearing it.

When it comes to stuff like this, it’s up to people vote with their feet – if people buy it, then it’s up to them. I appreciate the joke, but wouldn’t wear one myself – the missus would probably hit me.

I sometimes think Sunny must own shares in a torch and pitchfork company.

Maybe it’s a t-shirt meant for people that have inappropriate relations with animals.

@5 – “I sometimes think Sunny must own shares in a torch and pitchfork company.”

Own shares? It’s a co-operative, obv.

8. Pomoloon - not!

Cool. Want one!

Are you sure the T-shirt is about *human* girlfriends? My first impression was it must be a T-shirt for sheep-shaggers. Baa.

This obviously calls for some direct action.

My first thought was that it applied to non-humans – dogs perhaps.

Oh. Got it. Your girlfriend’s a dog. So it’s not at all sexist then. Is it?

You will see more offensive t-shirts in Camden market…

He is quite a strange chap.

He tweeted yesterday that ‘many people’ have been calling for oil companies to withdraw from Kenya. I don’t think he knew the pipeline in question is owned and operated by the Kenyan state.

At least this is the standard Sunny nonsense on an issue much less serious and important.

this wouldn’t matter if it were just one idiot trying to be funny. But, those with daughters know this isn’t an unimportant issue. Relationships between the sexes/ objectification of women/ early sexualisation of girls/ the inherent dangers of the sex industry…. not funny. Very disappointing.

Agree with Jo entirely – I’ve just had a group of men yell “get your tits out” at me, repeatedly, and I’m fed up with some men referring to women as dogs, pieces of add, etc. – or finding this kind of reference funny. Sexual harassment and general bullying isn’t funny.

Pieces of ass! I’ve got a polite phone.

17. Margin4error

The owner of top-shop is a man who borrowed £1billion from his company the same year as scrapping the pension scheme for staff on the grounds of affordability – and who has moved various taxable income off-shore so as not to have to contribute to the social fabric of a country that he then serves the government of with a cushy advisory role.

Selling a cheap naff t-shirt seems like a step in the right direction in comparison.

I’ve seen, and already own, much more offensive t-shirts than this. People generally find it funny. And if they don’t, it’s their loss. People can wear what they like. Don’t like it – Don’t look.

19. Kendodd'sdad'sdog'sdead

I thought this was the sort of t-shirt that would go down well in Wales. I didn’t see it as objectifying women, more as stereotyping the Welsh as sheepshaggers.

Who’s going to come on here and defend Welsh males? They’re always being racially abused liker this.

Sexists will buy sexist T-shirts – people aren’t *turned* sexist by the damn T-shirts.

If anything you should be glad – consider this a voluntary way for idiots to advertise themselves so you know to steer clear.

“I’ve seen, and already own, much more offensive t-shirts than this. People generally find it funny. And if they don’t, it’s their loss. People can wear what they like. Don’t like it – Don’t look.”

Some people always say “Don’t like it – Don’t look” until they something that offends them, then its full steam ahead on the outrage train.

I’d love to know if anyone apart from Garold really finds this t-shirt funny. Perhaps he/she opens their wardrobe full of tedious and offensive t-shirts and has a long chuckle each night.

And as for #3, have you ever heard of Gerard Ratner? There is such a thing as bad publicity, but I suspect you are the kind of person who regards big business as always right, and sees any complaint against them as uttered by Stalinist students.

Riiiight…
So Sunny is quite happy to excuse abusive, violent and even murderous assaults on women in the name of a certain out of bounds religion and yet gets worked up over a t-shirt.

I’d like an article on religious/religious culture female circumcision, forced marriage, child brides, honour killing, spousal abuse, home slavery and marital rape in the Uk.
Any chance?
After all you supposedly care so much about women!

I think the joke here is that the wearer is accusing the reader’s girlfriend of being a dog. Nope, this isn’t going to be a second success, a la ‘News of the World’.

Generally people wear t-shirts like this in lieu of a personality

I would happily ban this T-Shirt as its fucking shit.

26. So Much For Subtlety

14. jo brew

this wouldn’t matter if it were just one idiot trying to be funny. But, those with daughters know this isn’t an unimportant issue. Relationships between the sexes/ objectification of women/ early sexualisation of girls/ the inherent dangers of the sex industry…. not funny. Very disappointing.

I am pretty sure I know people with daughters and I am pretty sure they see this as utterly unimportant. They might be less happy with their other “she provoked me” T-shirt but I think most people have some perspective.

That is without even questioning what you think the link is between such t-shirts and all the sins of mankind you list. As if there is any evidence for any.

In the end, we allow people to walk around with the grossly more offensive Che t-shirts even those that glorifies and glamourises genocidal politics. Why should we care about a stupid juvenile joke?

I’m SO getting one of those.

Withdrawn from sale http://www.guardian.co.uk/fashion/2011/sep/14/sexist-topman-tshirts-off-shelves How about an “I’m with stupid” T-shirt for everyone in the cabinet?

I’d certainly never buy it.

“60% Polyester,28% Cotton,12% Viscose. ”

Jebus, that would be uncomfortable to wear.

18
They’re more likely to be laughing at you not the t-shirt.

I just tried on your “actual” t-shirt. More spin from libcon

@15 – Ive had more than a handful of gurls ask me to get my cock out, and some have grabbed it in clubs.

Please dont make this about men vs women, for all you know that shirt was designed by a woman

@29 – good call Tim, and if you did wear a t-shirt of mixed fabrics jebus would send you straight to hell

@ 33: Leviticus with these rules wasn’t it? As long as they let me finish my prawn cocktail before dragging me off though…..

@34 – Haha, yep prawns are comparable with buggery or even sowing two different seeds in the same field. Dont tell the christians though it will spoil there homophobic fun

@33

Of course it happens both ways, just like domestic abuse can be a women abusing a man. Doesn’t mean it’s particularly common or any better.

Same thing to people saying “well, there’s more offensive t-shirts so it’s fine”. That doesn’t mean those other shirts are really any better. Not that TopMan should be forcibly stopped from selling whatever crap they want, of course – and they haven’t. They’ve just noticed that quite a lot of people don’t think highly of t-shirts saying domestic abuse is fine and amusing.

It’s not like they’re even good jokes, either.


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  1. Liberal Conspiracy

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  2. Chantelle West

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  3. Rachael Louise Evans

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  4. Maham Hashmi

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  5. Mike Mantin

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  7. Paul Nezandonyi

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  10. Kirstin Donaldson

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  11. Feminist Letters

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  14. Martin Eve

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  15. Lorna Richardson

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  16. Eleanor Staples

    Topshop: women aren't human, they're dogs. If I see anyone wearing this I'm literally going to start a slow clap. http://t.co/TR6xDJt

  17. P A N D E M I C

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  18. Ellie

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  19. Helen Steele

    Classy stuff, @TopmanUK. http://t.co/TsVP31A (via @libcon)

  20. Javed Ijaz

    Are we not allowed to have a sense of humour anymore? @libcon Topman t-shirt compares girlfriends to animals http://t.co/xQEWm8v

  21. Endless Tuesday

    Corporate misogyny, @TopmanUK (http://t.co/nWnwJud)? Throw us all a fucken bone: withdraw it & apologise. Oh & pay your damn taxes #TopMan

  22. R. Ville

    first they don't pay their taxes & now this shit : RT@libcon Topman t-shirt compares girlfriends to animals http://t.co/EnayA3h

  23. Lynn Stephenson

    If I see anybody wearing this, I might have to have words with them: http://t.co/Z4ifQxV

  24. ELSouthon

    Holy FUCK RT @libcon: Topman t-shirt compares girlfriends to animals http://t.co/kHwf6Tu

  25. knock 'em dead, kid!

    RT @libcon: T-shirt compares girlfriends to animals http://t.co/NSMqy2t – own this? you're a dick & @topmanuk are dicks for selling it.

  26. Gordon Rae

    @TawdryMe No probs, dude. Here's Topman comparing breeders to bitches, or is it vice-versa? http://t.co/fNsiBwE

  27. Ella

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  28. matt giordano-bibby

    @daleedwinmurray http://t.co/d8dpR7u a couple of designs are quite shit in a couple of ways.

  29. Mark Carrigan

    Topman t-shirt compares girlfriends to animals | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/gnTgGj7 via @libcon

  30. Sarah Richardson

    Topman t-shirt compares girlfriends to animals RT @DonnaBow: Stay classy, Topman. http://t.co/MAZDlc4

  31. David Gregory

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  32. Martin Crozier

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  33. Fiona Hanley

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  34. Rhian

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  35. AmatusSarra

    Dear @Topshop
    Another appalling t-shirt. WTF do you think you're playing at?
    Warmest regards
    Me
    http://t.co/FNeYSvQ

  36. Freya

    @Emmzia http://t.co/OczCMPR I'm all for a laugh but, too far imo.

  37. Mark Doidge

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    and they have one excusing hitting partner t.co/0EowdzC

  38. Freya

    @juandelbalde http://t.co/mBj47X67 Pretty shocking I think. Conveys a terrible message.

  39. Freya

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