Last Monday, as I was sitting in LAX waiting for my flight home to Portland, my stomach and chest both unpleasantly writhing knots of feels about current events, Sonya sent me a link to this fantastic shirt that their friend, Seattle-based artist Mary Anne Carter, had recently made.
Carter redesigned the iconic “I Want To Believe” poster first seen on The X-Files to potently read: “I Believe Women” printed on a black t-shirt.
THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE.
Don’t @ me with your alien conspiracy theories or under oath allegiance to God (Brett KavananUGH) until you believe women.
Stuck in the liminal existence that is airport time, full of bewilderment, rage, and grief, Carter’s design felt like a tether to sanity for me as well a poignant illustration of how abjectly absurd it is that survivors STILL have to fight so hard to be heard, let alone believed, let alone cared about. *sigh* I don’t want to turn this post into the nth philippic you’ve read on the topic. If you’re still reading, odds are we understand each other. So! Back at the airport – I made a mental note to order a t-shirt for myself as soon as I got home.
We’re so fond of this design here at Haute Macabre that we wanted to make sure all you lovely readers got to see it too. Each t-shirt is screen-printed by hand on a unisex American Apparel tee by Mary Anne Carter herself and you can order them here in a variety of sizes.
And if a t-shirt isn’t your style (or simply isn’t enough), Carter is also offering hand screen-printed 10″ x 12″ posters of the same image:
One more thing, because we know this topic can be triggering for survivors, if you need support, please contact RAINN‘s National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE to speak with a trained support specialist or be connected with a local crisis support service in your area. You can also chat online with a trained staff member via the RAINN website: online.rainn.org. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.