Today on the Casey Hoff radio show, the Madison-based host told me about a shirt he'd seen recently. On not one but three young women, the message splayed across their chest was: "I'M DRUNK, SO THE ANSWER IS YES." (I confirmed this on a few blogs, including this one from a self-described "Left"-leaning Madison-based blogger.)
Now that we know the shirts actually exist, let's discuss. This is really a bit beyond, "Young lady, what kind of message does that send?"
Wouldn't you say? For there is the message, in very plain black-and-white lettering: "I'M DRUNK, SO THE ANSWER IS YES."
I know, I do realize that these women are choosing to wear these shirts, and that it's all very ironic and sophisticated. Trust me, I criticize their notion of empowerment with only the greatest trepidation.
And surely we must raise boys to respect women regardless of what the women wear. At the same time, we're kidding ourselves if we think that this is easy when the girls do not respect themselves. No, this is not "blaming the victim"--I think it's defending the victim.
What do you think?