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Dear Liberals, Please Stop Virtue Signaling At Me With Your T-Shirts

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Virtue signaling through a T-shirt isn’t about helping anyone. It’s about fitting into a subculture that wears basic b-tch tees with woke messaging.


It’s a Tuesday afternoon and I’m hammering away on my computer in a coffee shop. That’s when I hear her voice: “Is anyone sitting here?” asks a girl who looks to be about my age.

“No, go for it,” I respond. Then I see the words “Nevertheless, She Persisted,” emblazoned on her sweatshirt, in reference to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s recent tirade during a confirmation hearing for Attorney General Jeff Sessions. As you probably already know, Sen. Mitch McConnell cut her off according to Senate procedure and “mansplained”: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

A quick Google search told me that a Brooklyn-based artist is selling screen-printed swag with that phrase to benefit Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

This isn’t the first time a viral swag scheme has benefited the abortion giant. You can buy T-shirts that say “Nasty Woman,” an epithet applied to Hillary Clinton, and the proceeds benefit (can you guess?) Planned Parenthood.

Admittedly, I live in a very blue city. Ninety percent of my neighbors in Washington DC voted for Clinton in the November election of 2016. Churches proudly fly rainbow flags and display Black Lives Matter signage, and I usually find myself in coffee shops surrounded by laptops covered in “I’m With Her” stickers.

As I write this, I’m sitting in a cafe that describes itself as a safe space, next to a long-haired guy who is literally clacking away on a typewriter. An actual typewriter, like the kind Rosalind Russell pounds away on in “His Girl Friday.” Typewriter boy is talking to a girl with purple hair who is not wearing shoes. But I like coming here to write, because it makes me feel like I’m part of some sort of resistance. Resistance against liberal bullshit, I suppose.

I don’t know about you, but as a woman I’m so sick of these viral identity-politics fundraising schemes for abortion. Anytime a (liberal) woman does anything politically significant (or not so significant, for that matter), it gets screen-printed onto tees and the proceeds benefit clinics that killed more than 300,000 preborn babies last year.

Also, let’s talk about the elephant in the room for a second: these shirts are marketed to upper-middle-class women with enough disposable income to drop $25 on a T-shirt whenever a new feminist catch phrase goes viral.

Their “persistence” or “nastiness” or whatever-the-heck-else isn’t really about making a difference or standing up for the people they’re supposedly worried about. It’s about embracing a liberal talking point and shoving it in everyone’s face. It’s about fitting into a subculture — a subculture that wears basic b-tch tees with woke messaging.

Ironically, these shirts are not so woke after all. Not only does it really say “I’m financially fluid enough to afford a shirt I don’t need and that’s probably the extent of my efforts to ‘help’ people in need,” but the proceeds go to organizations like Planned Parenthood that don’t actually help the needy. They target and hurt poor, black women, they enable sexual predators, and expose women to diseases.

So in an effort to seem woke, these virtue-signaling tees aren’t helping anybody. Instead they’re turning people like me off whatever their supposed cause is. So, nasty women, do your cause a favor and leave your swag at home.