If you’re a woman and you’ve ever been told you’re too emotional, well do we have the shirt for you. Actress Mae Whitman debuted a new feminist tee from designer Rachel Antonoff that’s printed with the words “Hysterical Female” in big block letters. And we MUST have it.
She posted a pic of herself laughing and wearing the tee on Instagram on Friday, captioning the image, “this really sums it up for me these days.” Girl, we feel you. And we’re pre-ordering our own “Hysterical Woman” tees right this second.
Whitman, best known for her starring roles in Parenthood and The Perks of Being A Wallflower, often shows off the latest designs from Antonoff, like the amazing Team Lorelai t-shirt she wore when Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premiered. Her latest Antonoff tee takes things to a new level of awesome, though.
And did we mention Whitman will soon be starring in a new TV series, an NBC drama called Good Girls? Because that’s happening. And it sounds amazing.
Meanwhile, Antonoff — who is the sister to musician and boyfriend of Lena Dunham Jack Antonoff — continues to kill it with her politically relevant apparel. Did you know she actually came up with the phrase “I’m With Her” in 2013 — printing it on a sweatshirt — which Hillary Clinton adopted as her campaign slogan? It’s true! Plus, her recent super trendy plus-size collection was a total smash. So she’s clearly on the pulse on fashion.
Antonoff’s social justice work extends beyond clothing, too. She often uses her voice and platform to speak out against injustice and discrimination. In a 2013 interview with HelloGiggles, for example, Antonoff spoke explained why it’s important to stand up against inequality.
“It is so easy to go about our busy day to days and just accept the inequalities around us. This is the problem, these glaring inequalities are so a part of our lives and accepted as just the way things are, taking the initiative to educate yourself and speak out are pretty much the best things any of us can do.”
The term “hysterical” is an especially important word where feminism is concerned, as it has historically been used to gaslight women and write off their problems and opinions. By creating a shirt with that phrase, Antonoff is helping women to own that “hysterical” moniker and fight back against how it’s used to further gender inequality.
Now excuse us, we’re off to pre-order one of our own.