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This afternoon.

Essex Street, Dublin 2.

Anna Cosgrave founder of the Repeal Project, a sweater-based campaign that uses “outwear to give a voice to a hidden problem in Ireland”, outside her jumper-stuffed pop-up store.

The Repeal jumpers are available to be purchased online [link below] or in the Repeal Project pop-up shop in Indigo & Cloth, East Essex Street in Temple Bar, Dublin 2, from today until Sunday, July 3.

Proceeds from every jumper sale will be donated to the Abortion Rights Campaign.

Goes lovely with crumpled chinos.

FIGHT!

The Repeal project

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71 thoughts on “There’s Me Jumper

  1. Dave

    This couldn’t be more annoying.
    Appealing to hipster only, is preaching to the choir. And who’s going to wear a jumper in the summer?

    1. MoyestWithExcitement

      “Appealing to hipster only, is preaching to the choir.”

      And? Do you think someone who’s undecided about abortion will have their mind made up by seeing someone wear that jumper? Dud you have a problem with ‘Yes’ badges during the marriage referendum?

          1. Harry Molloy

            ah I’m only joshing, I’ll see you having fun some day yet, mark my words!

    2. Jordofthejungle

      To be honest, as a supporter of repeal, I think this only trivialises the matter & will serve to alienate rather than rally others to the cause. It is a very different matter to extending marriage to same-sex couples.

        1. Jordofthejungle

          It is highly likely the vast majority of the electorate find themselves in the muddled middle here. Real hardship caused by the 8th as evidenced by the stories we are beginning to hear is the best way of highlighting the unacceptable legacy of the 8th. Such sartorial sloganeering won’t sway most people who likely want a limited regime with fixed time limits. It is simply far more convoluted than extending marriage to same-sex couples. It plays into the hands of the religious right.

          1. MoyestWithExcitement

            Did you mean to post that to someone else. I asked you who is going to be alienated by a jumper.

          2. Jordofthejungle

            The answer is the vast majority of people who find themselves in the muddled middle on the issue risk being alienated. This just trivialises an issue riven with contradictions for most. As fervent a supporter as I am of repeal, I want to know what comes after. An early and safe abortion up to 10 weeks is a very different kettle of fish to a later abortion when the foetus develops a central nervous system & can move. I support choice but a limited choice exercisable within strict time limits (stricter than the UK).

          3. MoyestWithExcitement

            So you’re saying there’s a significant amount of people who are unsure about abortion and will decide to vote against it because they’be seen these jumpers?

          4. Jordofthejungle

            No I’m not saying that. What I am saying is that this sloganeering, however well-intentioned risks being counter productive. On their own these jumpers are relatively innocuous. It could very well be the case that without specific mention of the “8th”, only those in the know will appreciate the message. For me, getting rid of the 8th is a complex issue and more about obstetric safety than simply “choice”.

          5. Jordofthejungle

            What I am saying is I want a weighty campaign to repeal buttressed by medical & obstetric evidence rather than hollow slogans beloved of the so-called “pro-life” brigade. It is the same as the “love them both” nonsense.

          6. Starina

            I would imagine these jumpers are not meant to sway anyone’s opinion — more to raise visibility of the amount of people who support repealing the 8th.

          7. MoyestWithExcitement

            “What I am saying is I want a weighty campaign to repeal buttressed by medical & obstetric evidence rather than hollow slogans beloved of the so-called “pro-life” brigade. It is the same as the “love them both” nonsense.”

            Why does it have to be one or the other? Do you think marriage equality wasn’t a complex issue?

          8. Jordofthejungle

            Personally, I don’t think the two issues are in any way similar. I doubt most women under even the most liberal regime take a decision to terminate lightly. There will always be painful decisions to be made. Our current regime not only causes women greater suffering but it fetters medical professionals in the performance of their duties. Not being able to get married as a same-sex couple as opposed to civilly partnered is not in the same league. On the abortion issue I regard both “sides” of this debate need to get to grips with a few home truths.

          9. MoyestWithExcitement

            “Not being able to get married as a same-sex couple as opposed to civilly partnered is not in the same league.”

            I think you should speak to a few actual gay people about that. That marriage referendum wasn’t just about getting married. It was about being seen as equal members of society. There were people crying on the streets on results day. Homosexuality is a culture and identity as well as a sexuality. That referendum was basically their independence day. It was hugely important to them. For the opposition, it was about children’s rights and the concept of family. It was a hugely complicated issue and did fine “in spite of” Yes and Tá badges. Your worry about these jumpers is unfounded. They don’t diminish the argument.

          10. Jordofthejungle

            Well, my views are those of a happily partnered gay man. I appreciate what you are saying and the marriage referendum certainly resonated with me profoundly but in relation to abortion it raises more basic issues of life & death for me as well as medical safety. I am equally as conflicted re assisted dying. My *slight* aversion to the jumpers may be perhaps due to a natural cautiousness that such a debate be handled sensitively and be seen as in the interests of society rather than another hobby horse of liberalism which may turn away our generally centrist voters. I don’t want the repeal campaign up be associated solely with a certain demographic of young urbanites.

          11. MoyestWithExcitement

            I’m not sure many people will vote against abortion just to oppose abortion. Those that will are obviously a lost cause and would probably vote against it anyway. I don’t think there’s any reason to pander to people like that. These jumpers will keep abortion in the public consciousness. That is a Good Thing.

          12. Jordofthejungle

            But will the jumpers keep the issue in the public consciousness in a good way? To be honest, I’m sick of pressure groups dominating this issue. It’s either “love them both” or “my body, my choice”: to me it’s neither. This is precisely the reason doctors and obstetricians have abandoned this debate fearful of being labelled either illiberal or pro-abortion. Also like the marriage equality debate, stories from ordinary people are what resonates most. I don’t think these jumpers are in and of themselves bad but nor are the helpful in a larger sense.

          13. MoyestWithExcitement

            Just to oppose liberals I mean. You could have easily interpreted marriage equality as an urbanite hipster thing but that got voted in 2 to 1.

  2. Mulder

    No ye be right there cause in this summer, more likely to be wearing a rain coat.
    Maybe they could bring out a range of umbrellas.

  3. Eoin

    Hipster virtue signalling? Abortion is such a nightmare, impossible issue to deal with. I support the right to choose. But be aware. You wear one of these sweatshirts out and about and you are publicly picking a side. You are literally telling a certain percentage of our population that you support murdering babies. That’s how they will see it. So you better be prepared to stand up for the cause.

      1. Brother Barnabas

        I do.

        Are there any more communions going on? Should have been available for the communion season.

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      “Eh, no. Not abortion. I’m a campanologist, much like Quasimodo. You have me totally wrong.”

    2. Lorcan Nagle

      I’ve started seeing people wearing the Abortion Rights Campaign’s own Free Safe Legal and Repeal the 8th T-shirts around town, not just at ARC events recently. So it’s already out there.

    3. petey

      “You are literally telling a certain percentage of our population that you support murdering babies. That’s how they will see it.”

      yes we will.

      1. ahjayzis

        Dats mad hun. I see t’other side as a kind of crazed nun who, with a broad, loving smile (because “Luv Dem Boat x), ties a girl to a bed and cuts the new Soldier of Christ out of her. Then discards the incubatrix.

    4. Bullitin

      I wore this jumper all day today and felt no fear. I am not afraid of your choice to disagree with me and would not expect fear or abuse from you. I promote this project as I It gives a visibility (and therefore perhaps momentum) to this issue all that goes with it. I am only sad that one of the most personal and traumatic experiences women and their partners may ever need to endure has had to be made a public circus in order to (hopefully) finally rid women’s minds and bodies of government oversight. Regardless of what you think of abortion (never, not after 14 weeks, only in certain circumstances) there is no reason for the 8th amendment in to be in our constitution. Repeal.

  4. Janet, I ate my avatar

    I’ll say it before the lads do Anne is very very pretty.. so that’s not sexism

  5. Eoin

    You might have an effect at mass. Might get a discussion going at least. But I’d say that’s all. I think people are pretty entrenched in their views on abortion, so I really can’t see this making ANY difference to anti-abortion crowd at all. So what is the point then to letting everyone know how you feel, with no chance of actually changing opinions? Sort of brings me back to the whole hipster virtue signalling thing again.

    1. Niamh

      It’s not intended to change the minds of trenchant Catholics. Like the badges of the Marriage Referendum, for instance, it makes support for the cause casually visible in the public sphere. If you see many people wearing an indicator that they support the repeal of the 8th, it makes it more normal and easier and more comfortable for people to talk about their own experiences and feel supported. We are the silent majority and, while we await and fupping action by the government, we rely on this kind of thing to keep it in the public consciousness.

      And yes, they look deadly. Very wearable. ‘Hipster’, if you say so. Ergo more people wear them. Ergo the above is even more successful.

    2. Jordofthejungle

      To be fair, nothing will make a difference to the hardcore minority of religiously inspired anti-abortion brigade. Nor will these jumpers serve to sway the vast majority in the muddled middle.

    3. Clampers Outside!

      Well, with a sweater on and the message talked about more, that helps remove some of the stigma away from those in need of abortion services.

      Worth a go, even if it won’t convince the anti-abortion crowd, it might let them see that shaming persons seeking abortion is not acceptable.

  6. kellma

    David doesn’t have his thumbs showing in the “repent” mock-up. That made me realise it wasn’t real….. ;)

    1. Bertie Blenkinsop

      That and the fact that, in ratio to his body, there’d only be me and him walking around Dublin with a head that size.

      #mallethead

  7. Mulder

    More importantly, do they come in all sizes and would they have one in pink or a nice orange or lemon.
    Or is black the colour of choice to reflect the mood of the subject.

  8. JIMMY JAMES

    wowzers, looks just like the inside of a NYC Supreme boutique circa 2006,
    more archaic than the bill itself

  9. Eoin

    Good point Niamh. I just hope people wearing these sweatshirts out and about are ready to explain/ defend their position (and know what they may be getting themselves in for). That anti abortion crowd can be pretty militant.

    1. Starina

      you sound like you’re looking to start a fight with some of them? They’re not meant to be combatative really

  10. Disco Nap

    I bought a jumper this morning and i’m proudly wearing it! So did ten people in the office I work with. Each and every one of us has their reasons behind supporting the campaign to repeal the 8th. I think it’s more ignorant of anyone to presume it’s so hipster, that it goes beyond what the whole campaign is about. Awareness is needed and there is nothing greater than people power standing up to what they believe in.

  11. Mulder

    Can imagine, how it might look some poor unsuspecting soul goes into a boutique an ordinary boutique of an ordinary day and takes a shine to a nice jumper, with the words repeal written across it.
    Out they go and they put it on out and about, when they are confronted by an angry, crowd of red faced, het-up citizens, denouncing them and calling them names and making rude comments about abortion.
    All because, folk be wearing a jumper with word repeal.
    That would look odd but then suppose welcome to the world of Iona, another place and time.

  12. Eoin

    If I see a hipster with a beard, short back & sides and some smart brown brogues, out wearing one, I might be tempted to punch him. It’d be ‘I agree with you, however…’ Smack! I joke. I don’t believe in violence (unless it’s directed against the unborn, I heard someone cry).

  13. Eoin

    That could happen Mulder. Aldi are selling ‘Ramones’ and ‘AC/DC’ shirts for a couple of Euros. I’ve seen folk wearing them. There has to be a percentage that don’t realise that Ramones and AC/DC are bands. Just need one celeb to be seen wearing a ‘Repeal’ sweater to get em selling. Might need to explain what it’s all about to customers. Let them know they become pro-choice activists the moment they put it on. God forbid you actually get an anti abortion supporter out wearing one by accident.

  14. ding dong

    if you wear one you might become acquainted romantically with a hipster lady…

  15. Janet, I ate my avatar

    What’s with the real cranky negative heads on every post ? It’s that how people really bop street ? It’s sad .. go for a run , step away from the screen , ride a stranger , lie in the sun , eat a lovely something but stop wasting your life being in a bad mood.

    1. Scooperman

      An sur when yer shoes wore out yu’d tie em round yer feet an’ walk the 10 miles.. etc etc

  16. 15 cent

    how do you get through to people who dont want change abortion laws in ireland? i think the most effective way is for them to hear first hand stories, things that have actually happened to women. so we have to figure out a way to do that. to educate them more on the matter, on an emotional level.

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