MY SISTER shirts are a great way to share your convictions and to tell the world who you are. They’re also great conversation starters. One of our intentions as a company is to not only raise funds that can be used to support people affected by trafficking through our tee shirt sales, but to provide you with apparel that can raise awareness about inequality and exploitation. When you wear a MY SISTER shirt, you’re a walking feminist-social-justice billboard, confronting the world with positive messages of equality and justice.
Sexual exploitation and feminism can both be touchy topics, and a bit uncomfortable to bring up in a casual conversation (like when the stranger behind you at the coffee shop informs you that “traffic” is spelled incorrectly on your “Stop Traffick” tee). Here are a few of our best tips for having meaningful and positive exchanges:
1. Know what you’re talking about.
Learn about sex trafficking so that you can inform others around you. Read a good book, watch a documentary, read a study or look up relevant, well-vetted facts and statistics (see our recommendations here). Educate yourself about the myths and misconceptions that surround human trafficking, as well: prostitution vs. sex trafficking, methods of recruitment, etc, and make sure that you have correct information to fuel the conversations that arise! You can scroll through MY SISTER’s social media to find facts and statistics to share, or read our recent blog posts: 5 Common Myths About Sex Trafficking, Sex Trafficking in the USA: Where Does it Happen, or Why We Don’t Rescue.
2. Have a game plan for dealing with antagonistic shirt-readers.
Though it’s hard to believe that so many people take issue with the word “feminist” (what’s so terrible about equal rights, body positivity, or female empowerment, anyway?), you’re likely to get push back against some people who may not understand the meaning behind the slogans you’re wearing. Take a deep breath. If there’s anything that this past election cycle has taught us, it’s that finding a way to is a part of life, right? At the end of the day, we all have to accept that we can’t change people and that is OK.
3. Spread positivity and love.
When educating others about the issues you care about (particularly people who “don’t get it”), it’s important to come at it from a place of love and compassion. Judgment or sarcasm might feel justified in the moment, but it’s much more effective to stay as positive as possible. People’s minds tend to be more open when they don’t feel as if they are being attacked or talked down to.
4. Know Where to Send People for More Information.
After you’ve engaged someone in a conversation about human trafficking or women’s rights, know where to send them for more information! Here are a few of our favorite resources:Polaris Project
Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force