I received a group email from Jan Brown of DAHMW (Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women) regarding a “Husband Beater” tee-shirt that is being sold by Spencer’s, the novelty gift giant, for $14.99. You may remember Spencer Gifts from your childhood and adolescence. They are also the purveyors of fake dog poop, fart machines, lava lamps, and beer pong.
This shirt is not funny. Women get away with violence against men every day and this “husband beater” makes it a subject of laughter.
The bottom line: If the manufacturer made and sold a similar shirt reading “Wife Beater” there would be a public outcry. If a man wore a shirt reading “Wife Beater” he would be publicly shamed and become an object of scorn. Enough with the double standards.
I work with men who are emotionally and physically abused. This shirt is disgusting.
If you would like to let Spencer Gifts LLC know what you think about this shirt, please write to them here:
6826 Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
I also found a phone number: +1 609 645 3300
And the name of two Spencer’s executives: Mr. Steven B. Silverstein, CEO and President, and Mr. Tony Grazioni, Senior Vice-President and General Merchandise Manager.
Here is Mr. Silverstein’s email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your efforts,
Dr. Tara J. Palmatier