The members of FIT’s Blush magazine want you to know that they are not your babes. And they have the T-shirts to prove it.
The Blush team sold shirts with “I Am Not Your Babe,” “Dead Men Can’t Catcall,” and “Let’s Talk About Sexuality” in the Breezeway toward the end of March, which is Women’s History Month. The team developed the idea of selling the T-shirts as a way of promoting the magazine (the slogans were taken from titles of articles in the current issue, which is all about feminism), raising awareness of women’s issues, and raising money to support the magazine.
The T-shirt sales raised more than $500. The team also accepted donations of unopened beauty and personal hygiene products for their chosen charity, Dress for Success, an organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing them the tools to help them thrive in work and in life.
The team did the T-shirt project sustainably, by screenprinting the slogans on recycled shirts procured from the Salvation Army. With help from Textile/Surface Design Chairman Eric Ramirez, they produced 105 shirts in the screenprinting lab.
“We want to spread the word about Blush, about women writers and about our last issue,” said student and Blush staffer Ryann Casey. “A lot of the pieces in there were about equality and about different issues that people on campus face and that people in society face so we just wanted to bring awareness to that. All these sayings are pretty powerful.”