When students at California State University-Long Beach (CSULB) came across a t-shirt that depicted a woman with tape over her mouth and a caption that read, “enjoy the silence” at a local Tilly’s shop, they knew they had to do something.
Working with CSULB professor Shira Tarrant, the students created a petition on the Care2 site that “[expressed] their objection to the sale of shirts that degrade and dehumanize women and people of color, and… [imply] violence against women”.
After getting the word out on Facebook and the Ms. Magazine blog, the petition authors garnered over 500 signatures.
Their efforts paid off! On April 5, the Ms. Magazine blog followed up with a statement from a Tilly’s corporate representative: “we have received feedback from customers, and have taken action to have this shirt removed from all our locations as well as our website.”
Congratulations to the students at CSULB for their success in removing these offensive t-shirts.
If you’d like to create a petition for an issue you’re passionate about, you can do so here.
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