Some Books Are For Boys

I really, really love these Out of Print T-Shirts. Because I believe in wearing my literary preferences the way others wear concert tees. Because I am tone deaf. It’s as close as I can get to being cool, at least until they get cat-hair all over them.

And I was all stoked to buy a T-shirt of one of my favorite novels, The Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs, until I realized that it was only available for men. Women don’t get The Naked Lunch, I guess. You know what we get? Why The Caged Bird Sings. Stupidhead Maya Angelou ruins everything. (In all fairness to Stupidhead Maya Angelou, I haven’t read it, and it’s probably fantastic). Did the makers just feel like I couldn’t handle all the heroin and pig Latin because my heart is so soft and ladylike? I am full of confusion! And I don’t know why the caged bird sings, but I bet it has something to do with not being able to get a women’s version of Naked Lunch.

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    • porkchop

      They also only carry Catch-22 for men. too bad…

    • makingtrouble

      so what’s stopping you from buying a men’s shirt? it’s not like it will somehow fit you differently, it’s a t-shirt for crying out loud.

      • Jennifer Wright

        Women have these things called breasts. They’re a lot like bags of sand strapped to your torso. That’s why women’s t-shirts tend to be narower in the waist, to better flatter your natural shape and not leave you with a bunch of unnecessary fabric hanging around your waist. Men’s shoulders also tend to be larger, which means that t-shirts are tailored differently there, too. That’s why t-shirts are divided into male and female groups as opposed to… that distinction not existing for any reason whatsoever.

      • makingtrouble

        for some reason i can’t reply to your comment.

        but funnily enough i’m also in possession of a pair of breasts and i tend to find men’s shirts fit equally well, if not better, being longer, with actual sleeves instead of tiny little caps hanging off my shoulders, and not ridiculously tight in the waist area.

      • davind

        So, makingtrouble, what you are saying is that… the shirts DO fit differently? That seems to make your original comment kind of useless, eh?

      • Kathleen

        They do fit differently. Add in variation between brands and there can be worlds of difference. Sadly, it often happens that none of them fit me quite right.

    • Lindsay Cross

      Their selection is pretty limited. We should probably start contacting the printers with request lists. The Naked Lunch, Catch-22 and I’ll add Tender is the Night and One Hundred Years of Solitude.

    • nolalola27

      The “I Know why the Caged Bird Sings” shirt is really pretty, though. Too bad I haven’t read it either.

      Also, the “On the Road” shirt only comes in men’s. That’s ridiculous, I think I know more women than men who have read and loved that book.

    • Ellen W.

      I’ve sent a question into their customer service- I’m asking them to post a response on their blog.

    • ohharro

      It seems like a small selection, perhaps it has been easier to print or find men’s shirts and the women’s section may expand. I’d assume if you emailed the coordinators to show there is a demand for a wider variety of women’s shirts, they will look into it. :)