It’s Not the Same Thing

Vox Day has a new shirt:

In case you weren’t sure if Vox wasn’t talking about your teenage daughter’s interactions with boys, note how he frames this shirt:

Never mind that every man with an attractive wife is well aware of the death stare she reserves for idiots who don’t respect her wedding ring or recognize her initial signal to back the fuck off.

Here are three questions to illustrate why I have no problem with this shirt but do have a problem with the other shirt:

  1. What is the main difference between your unmarried, teenage daughter and your wife? Why would you be interested in signaling the unavailability of one but not the other?
  2. What do you think the biggest difference is between men with the balls to approach a married woman and your teenage daughter’s BadBoy McBikerDrummer/Actual Good Guy Suitor?
  3. What is the biggest difference between a teenage girl talking about her daddy and a grown woman talking about her husband?

Understand the answer to those three questions and you might get why the other shirt seems awkwardly cartoonish and this shirt seems kind of cool.

Because going by Vox’s commentary he either 1) Doesn’t understand the criticism at all, or 2) Is getting actual weirdos criticizing it.

I dunno. I’m just not on the same page here.

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4 Responses to It’s Not the Same Thing

  1. It may not be exactly the same, but it still seems to me like a bunch of hot air. It’s conservative virtue signaling, and I find it rather pathetic. The shirt doesn’t actually do anything to protect your wife, and may in fact pull in more unwanted attention for her.

    • I mean I like Vox, he took a big chance on me has been much more professional than some so-called “conservatives” I’ve dealt with, but this whole thing sits wrong with me. It feels very phony.

      • I don’t know Vox personally; and I do get it on some level. There’s no way to build up a reputation that you will protect your wife because of the anonymity of modern life, and this seems like a subconscious attempt to solve that problem. But it doesn’t help, and it probably hurts, so it really is phony.

        The best thing you can do is just be physically present with her when she’s outside of the home as much as you possibly can. That’s how to actually protect your wife.

  2. Mike T says:

    This shirt has a lot of potential in a liberal workplace between the anti-gun nuts and the lesbians.

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