90s Hard Wear Practice Safe Sex Go F*ck Yourself t-shirt Large
Chest 23.5 in.
Length 29 in.
Content: 100% Cotton
Tag Brand: Screen Jewels
This vintage double-sided tee looks to have been made by a sex-positive apparel line called Hard Wear. The shirt has a large graphic on the back that's copyright Risque 1991, and it reads, "Practice Safe Sex Go Fuck Yourself". While this phrase is a cheeky way to tell someone to bug off, it also serves as a reminder of the importance of safe sex campaigns during the late 80s and early 90s.
There was a lot of panic and misinformation going around during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States. LGBTQ individuals were particularly targeted by the mass hysteria surrounding the disease, but other vulnerable communities were disproportionately affected as well, including African Americans, Hispanic and Latin Americans, and intravenous drug users. As the government dragged its feet to provided necessary public health measures, these communities were largely left to spread awareness and raise funds towards research on their own. While some people used the disease as an opportunity to spread their own morals and discourage and condemn same sex relationships or intravenous drug use, others focused their efforts on finding ways to keep vulnerable communities healthy through practices like safe sex education and needle exchange programs.
Fits like a modern unisex adult over-sized Large