Night Vale Fans, Would You Write A Letter?

I love Welcome to Night Vale. I want to make a quilt out of blocks with the proverbs printed on them. I want to have dozens of t-shirts with different quotes. I want to force friends and family to love it too. I want a plush glow cloud to cuddle at night. 

Why do I not have the start of an extensive Night Vale merch collection? Because Welcome to Night Vale t-shirts are printed onto American Apparel T-shirts. Why do I care? Because American Apparel clothing is marketed like this:



And while some (usually while accusing others of being oversensitive feminist harpies) claim that men are equally objectified, here’s what I could find…




A bit of a difference, no?


So I wrote an email to Commonplace Books about their Night Vale merch. If you like Welcome to Night Vale, and hate sexual objectification and dehumanization, please consider sending a similar email to nightvale@commonplacebooks.com or copy and paste this one.

Dear Behind the Scenes Night Vale People,

I really, really, really want to buy your t-shirts. Really truly. I see on the website that the actual shirt part of the shirt is made by American Apparel, though, and I can’t support them, which sadly means I can’t support you. American Apparel markets their clothing through ads that are sexually objectifying and dehumanizing towards women. Please consider using another source for your t-shirt bases. The Night Vale broadcasts are so refreshingly free of the misogyny pervasive in so much of our other media, please consider keeping your merchandise free of sexism as well.




5 thoughts on “Night Vale Fans, Would You Write A Letter?

  1. Send it. They might not be able to do anything about it right now, or it might not have occurred to them, but send it. You’re not mad at the creators of the podcast, and in a way it could be an explanation for why they’re not selling more shirts. It’s not like Topataco only prints/sells AA brand shirts. You might consider including an alternative brand in the letter, as well.

    Posted by crankyfacedknitter | August 30, 2013, 06:15
  2. I’m going to describe one of the pictures above, see if you can guess which one it is.

    Frame centered on a crotch clad only in AA underwear. The face is ignored and the torso distracted from. The outline of the genetalia are clearly visible. The pose is such to entice the viewer to put their face in the crotch.

    Have fun guessing which picture I’m talking about. Oh, and just remember, the only way to free humanity of sexualization is to andogenize and desexualize all of humanity.

    Posted by Terra | January 3, 2015, 04:21
    • I’m not going to explain sexist imagery 101 to you on demand. Suffice it to say: androgenization and desexualization is absolutely not the only way to free humanity, specifically women, of sexually objectifying imagery in service of corporate profits that predominantly go to men.

      Posted by startledoctopus | January 3, 2015, 17:18
  3. Okay, Ill admit straight off, that they are clearly objectifying women, its a shameful and disrespectful advertising technique that offends me. That being said, i have to admit that you dont seem the appreciate the objectification of men here as well. Women are clearly treated worse here but i feel the company should be berated for its offensive advertisement in general and to neglect the treatment of men is also quite offensive. Obviously not as much as the company is though.

    Posted by Damien Wayne | August 20, 2015, 21:02

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