Let's Talk Tees - Girl Power

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When I started playing around with designs for the summer ’17 collection I had a couple different themes in mind, southwest + powerful. I'm taking you behind the scenes of the Girl Power Tee.

I can’t lie – this is my 2nd comfiest & favorite tee in all of Rad Maverix tees. It’s flowy (like the Rise + Shine tank!) but slightly fitted and incredibly soft. I love the muscle tank style + GIRL POWER design; it’s edgy but soft, masculine but chic.

This design was inspired by my latest tattoo; GRL PWR.

I remember back in my college days, I took a women’s feminism class at KU. It really opened my eyes up about feminism and its true meaning.

Let’s rewind to the 90s shall we? I have always been a promoter of women and a ‘girls girl’ at heart. I will support + encourage women until the day I die (although, I’m hoping I leave a legacy of inspired + motivated women to do the same.)
 

Read more on leaving a legacy.
 

The truth is, I always thought that being a feminist meant:

  • You were a woman who couldn’t get a date
  • A man-hater
  • A woman who thought she was better than the man
…we were all feminists and we didn’t even know it.

Back to the feminism 101 lecture – on the first day of class, our male teacher (…the irony) asked us to raise our hands if we considered ourselves to be a feminist. We all looked around and kind of shrugged our shoulders when finally one woman out of 28 decided to raise her hand. He then asked, "Who in here believes that women deserve the same opportunities as men"? Everyone fiercely raised their hands in agreement, looking at each other with that “hell yea” look; shaking our heads up and down.

His next question, “Who in here thinks they should get paid the same wages as a man providing the same services with the same experience(s) and education?” Again, every single female student raised their hand with even more oomph and sassitude.

Lastly, he asked us, “Who in here believes they have the right to do what they please with their bodies?” You can probably guess what happens next. Yes, we all vivaciously raised our hands.

We quickly picked up what he was laying down…we were all feminists and we didn’t even know it.

Unfortunately, the word feminist has always had such a terrible connotation. I even remember after the Women's March in Washington, I saw a post on FB from a 'friend' saying she 'could never be a feminist'....major eye roll ensues. (That's kind of like saying, "I could never be a Christian because of the crazy Phelp's clan in Topeka, KS"...we can't let a few idiots ruin it for everyone.)

 

Still not sure if you're a feminist? take the short quiz below!

Anyways, that’s all I have today. I hope you’re enjoying the behind-the-scenes and inspiration on the latest collection of Rad Maverix tees.

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I’m signing off with one of my favorite quotes.

We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man. Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.
— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I hope you encourage someone today to do better + be better.

 

Xx, Riss

 

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