The Radical Tea Company offered me an oven glove with a suffragette design.
How could I say no?
Firstly, I could not resist the humour of a traditionally-female object, an oven glove, depicted with a powerful feminist message.
Secondly, I salute the suffragettes who suffered to win women the right to vote.
Feminism liberates us all – male and female – from soul-crushing expectations of how we should behave.
The Radical Tea Towel Company started when founder, Beatrice Pearce, tried finding a gift for a family member celebrating his 91st birthday. David Finch, part of British socialist history, was not much of a materialist.
Beatrice wanted something practical, that he could make use of, daily. And also reflect his passion for politics.
“And that’s when I thought – a tea towel! But not just any old tea towel. One with a radical or political theme,” says Beatrice.
T-shirts with a message were a-plenty on the Web, in 2011, but not a tea towel to be found.
Beatrice recalls thinking:
“Well, if I want a political tea towel and after an hour of googling can’t find a single one, I wonder how many other people want the same and can’t find one either? Clearly a gap in the market!”
Thus the Radical Tea Towel Company was born.
The Radical Tea Towel Company features the progressive voices of my allies from the past.
I am who I am, thanks to them.