Poison the Patriarchy T-Shirt
Poison the Patriarchy T-Shirt
Poison the Patriarchy T-Shirt
Poison the Patriarchy T-Shirt
Poison the Patriarchy T-Shirt
Poison the Patriarchy T-Shirt
Poison the Patriarchy T-Shirt
Poison the Patriarchy T-Shirt
Poison the Patriarchy T-Shirt
Poison the Patriarchy T-Shirt
Poison the Patriarchy T-Shirt
Poison the Patriarchy T-Shirt

Poison the Patriarchy T-Shirt

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  • Hand Drawn Graphic | Screen Printed Locally | Made Ethically
  • Model one is wearing a size small in the length "standard" (tucked in / untucked).
  • Model two is wearing size extra large in the length "standard" (tucked in).
  • Model three is wearing size 2x in the length "standard" (tucked in).
  • 100% ultra soft cotton.
  • Water-based ink.
  • Machine wash cold. No bleach or stain remover. Lay flat to dry.

Gender Inclusive Fit.

Crop customizations are raw-edge.

Original art hand-drawn by co-owner, Jill Davis.

Screen printed in our partner studio located in Ottawa, ON.

Screen-print machinery requires manual adjustments and close supervision. This means print appearance may have slight variation from one product to the next.

First things first: In celebrating today we want to encourage everyone to broaden their view of IWD. This day isn’t for CIS women - it’s a day for transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people as well. There is no equality until all identities are legally and socially recognized. If we are going to celebrate a day to celebrate gender equality, it needs to be inclusive to all.

TW: Sexual Violence

Poison the Patriarchy is a representation of the rape culture, victim-blaming, and power imbalances experienced as a result of patriarchal society.

The story of Medusa is often told through a lens where Athena finds out about Medusa’s rape and in retaliation turns Medusa (a mortal woman) into a monster with serpent hair and a look that will turn anyone to stone.

This is a classic example of pitting women against women, bypassing the horrendous behavior of the men involved. After a closer look, the story sounds more like this:

After Medusa is raped by Poseidon, a powerful god (note power imbalance between perpetrator and victim) in Athenas temple, she goes to Athena for help. Despite the powers Athena has, Poseidon was more powerful and Athena could not retaliate against him directly, she also knew Poseidon would blame Medusa for what happened. As a result of this, Athena knows she will have to “punish” Medusa in some way.

This is when Athena, the goddess of wisdom, turns Medusa into a monster and is sentenced to live alone on an island - not to punish her, but to keep her safe.

Athena wasn’t able to directly take a stance against the patriarchal systems at the time but using her divine powers – she found a way to do it indirectly. By turning Medusa into this “monster” it prevented anyone from being able to harm Medusa again. This new life (although not chosen) allowed medusa to feel safe again after experiencing such a traumatic event.

It’s a long way from the justice we would hope to see but we can still appreciate through reinterpretation that even mythical tails provide us great evidence that we do have and still need to poison the patriarchy.

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meet jill & sarah
founders of om

Jill Davis (right) and Sarah Vezina (left) are two best friends from small town Dalhousie, New Brunswick. They grew up in the same neighbourhood, took the same bus, had the same babysitter and even rode on the same bike (because Sarah couldn't afford her own). Their inseparability and toxic dependency lasted through adulthood where they quit their corporate jobs to work with each other instead. Given that no one can tell them apart, it's clear that Octopied Mind has been founded on the melting and merging of their brain power, creativity and essence - All of which are used to produce the strange and vulnerable graphic art you see today.

raw edge cropping
custom lengths

A raw-edge crop method is done with a rotary tool. This tool makes a clean cut and allows the fabric to roll up slightly over time. We do not fold over the material and sew it once it has been cut to prevent rolling unless otherwise stated. We also do not recommend you cut your own shirts at home (especially with scissors) unless we've given you proper guidance on how to do so.