A look at the men’s clothing section will reveal what is perhaps an even more nauseating t-shirt: “Fathers: it’s up to you to preserve your daughters’ virginity!” Urban Outfitters caters to the irony-loving hipster population, so many are coming to the defense of the company and saying the shirt is made to be ironic. Everyone knows it’s a silly idea to protect virginity, except that when you dig a little deeper, you realize that it’s probably not meant to be ironic at all.
Urban Outfitter’s President and Founder, Richard Hayne, is a die-hard Republican who has given around $13,000 to Republican Senator Rick Santorum. Santorum, if you don’t know, is vehemently anti-choice, even in cases of rape or incest. I’ve dealt with many people of his ilk, and it’s not a far stretch to assume he’s of the “women should take responsibility for having sex” camp.
Following that logic, it only seems reasonable that he would also believe that the menz (because they always know better) should be the protectors of virginity. I mean, if he thinks women don’t even have the right to control their own bodies, he probably doesn’t think they’re smart enough to make a decision about whether or not to have sex either.