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lunch break rant

It's 30 degrees in the office. Instead of complaining about this, which I would not even think of doing since it's been approximately 120 degrees celsius in the office since May, I decide today is a good day to go get a new hoodie on my lunch break. Apparently not. I troll several places and end up, against my better judgement, at the Hot Topic. I quickly notice a hoodie with a pink drum kit screen printed on the front! Score! Cheers HT, I think; you've successfully read my subconcious hoodie desires. Then the cashier helpfully informs me that it has writing on the back. Some of you may have already guessed, but indeed the sweatshirt says on the back: "I'm with the drummer."

In my head, I cordially invite the people who manufacture hoodies for HT to bite a turd.

I ask if maybe they have a hoodie for boys that says "I AM the drummer" which I can rebel from the right-side-man-clothes left-side-girl-clothes arbitrary dichotomy and purchase. No dice. All the "male" marketed hoodies have like, Insane clown Posse logos on them and other things I literally wouldn't be caught dead in. The cashier, after hesitating, tentatively offers that they have a t-shirt I might be interested in. I noticed she looked me up and down, so I think what she wanted to say was "but we don't carry them in size Pudgy". In my head I offer her a bite of turd as well. There's plenty of turd to go around, honey. I go look, and there in a stack of about 50 "with the drummer" t-shirts there are two lonely t-shirts printed in blue* that say "I'm with I AM the drummer." Awww. This would be cute except they are in XS and S respectively. I couldn't make a pair of panties out of these shirts. I'm hoping this is because there are legions of girl drummers out there who already snapped up the cooler M-XL shirts. I also hope They end up losing money on these stupid I'm-defined-by-who-I'm-with shirts.

This rant has taken over my desire to blog the weekend. I'll get to that later.

*I'm not sure what the implication here is. It's feminine to be with the drummer, but masculine in a powder-blue way to be the drummer?


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Sep. 26th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
OTOH, if midwinter wants a hoodie, she can go right out and get this guilt-free. :)
Sep. 26th, 2005 05:58 pm (UTC)
The giant pile of "with the drummer" t-shirts compared to the wee pile of "AM the drummer" ones is clearly a sign that the indie rock feminists (even if they're only gurl power ones) have been to HT.

Send this as an email. My experience with HT and Torrid is that someone actually does read the scathing commentary of their customers, as things will disappear (cf the playboy merch) and appear (cf cute rockabilly dresses) after I send them a note. Not that I think it's all me; I just assume they have other customers who notice the same shit.
Sep. 26th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
sad to tell you: the playboy merch is alive & kickin'.

but you're right; i should go ahead and write to 'em.
Sep. 26th, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
Damn. And I just looked; that's true at Torrid, too.
Sep. 26th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
You could have just gotten the "I'm with the drummer" hoodie and Used sharpie to X out the with. It would be cool!
Sep. 26th, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
I almost did, but once I tried it on I also realized it was crappy quality and made of thin non-sweatshirty material. Sigh. I'll just have to embroider my own.
Sep. 26th, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC)
And you could come to Craft Night!
Sep. 26th, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)
Re: DIY!
When & where!
Sep. 26th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
Re: DIY!
my place a week from tonight... but normally we are meeting at Jenel's in Mt. Pleasant one Monday a month.
Sep. 26th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
Use iron on letters and fabric paint!
Sep. 26th, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)
Fuck the patriarchy. You could be real rebellious, and perhaps make your own shirt with iron-on lettering from a craft store! Besides, Hot Topic is owned by the Gap...

I hate the pop-rebellion crap that just reaffirms bigotry. MORONS!
Sep. 26th, 2005 06:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, trying to shop there wasn't the most conscientious choice in the world, to be sure.

I still think maybe embroidering my own lettering on isn't the worst idea. But I never give myself time. It would look awesome though.
Sep. 26th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
Yesterday crafting_change was wearing a DIY peace shirt made with Sharpie markers and we discussed how swell it would be to go over the letters with one of those things that puts in rhinestone studs (a Bedazzler?).
Sep. 26th, 2005 07:22 pm (UTC)
Besides, Hot Topic is owned by the Gap...

Is it really? Well, that tears it. I haven't bought from them in ages b/c they annoy me, but now I will delete the bookmark!
Sep. 26th, 2005 06:52 pm (UTC)
I would take a page from Shannon's book and noticeably cross out the "-'m with" and write "AM" over it. Fabric paint might do, or a patch of some sort.
Sep. 26th, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC)
Making the "A" into an anarchy sign, of course ;-p
Sep. 26th, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
Some of you may have already guessed, but indeed the sweatshirt says on the back: "I'm with the drummer."

*cringe* infinity.

Sep. 26th, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC)
Yes, DIY is the way to go- but it doesn't help those random 30 degree work days.
Sep. 27th, 2005 01:19 am (UTC)
Suddenly I'm grateful for my button that reads 'I'm in the band'

sorry your experience in HT was so poopy.
Sep. 27th, 2005 02:22 am (UTC)
Personally, I'm glad Torrid exists. I just wish it had existed a decade ago when I was a plus size teenager.

My pet peeve is with the Nintendo merchandise. Fat girls can be old skool geeks too. And I refuse to buy any shirt that won't actually fit.

As for the "I'm with the drummer"? F'm. Because I wouldn't mind so much if there were boys out there wearing shirts that said that. Or if they had made a fortune selling boys shirts that said things like "Mr. Jolie" and "Mr. Aniston" and such.
Sep. 28th, 2005 04:08 am (UTC)
oh don't get me wrong; i love torrid. not that they sell any kind of drumming shirts there at all. but i love it. i just am angry at the people who make up the stupid shirts they sell at HT.
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