Nolite te Bastardes Carborundorum Shirt
This ringer t-shirt features the iconic phrase Nolite te Bastardes Carborundorum from The Handmaid’s Tale, printed in rough typography style. The phrase is made-up faux Latin, so I wouldn’t go and get a tattoo with it or anything, but the intended meaning is “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” Which is actually quite a lot to ask for, if you’re a handmaid.
The dystopia shown in The Handmaid’s Tale includes the backdrop of an environmental crisis, restrictions on abortion, marches for women’s rights and Americans fleeing to Canada–so naturally people currently reading the book (or more likely, watching the series) think it’s surreally prescient. But the book was published in 1985, which goes to show that unfortunately, curtailing women’s reproductive rights apparently never gets old. Check out this interview with Margaret Atwood (Penguin Random House) to read how her novel came to life in the early 1980’s Berlin, and this feature in Time on Atwood and Elisabeth Moss, about the TV series’ currency.
About this Nolite te Bastardes t-shirt:
– 100% pre-shrunk combed ring-spun cotton
– Semi-fitted; please check the size chart before ordering
– Double-needle stitched bottom hem
NOTE: This item is printed on demand.
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