+I mean no disrespect to anybody who is deaf or hard-of-hearing+ . . . here's the story behind this shirt, which says, "I'm not deaf: I'm just ignoring you!" --
My sister-in-law was married to a fairly kindly man, but he still thought he was the boss of the house. If she didn't answer-up right away, he would bark her name over and over, and require her presence, as in: Anna, c'mmere! Now!
I cannot tell you how many times I heard her gentle voice say to him, "Dennis, I'm not deaf:
I'm just *ignoring* you."
This caused the rest of his hair to fall out, as he could never get used to such an attitude in a woman. They each often wondered if the other one really loved him/her.
I would have to guess it was a complicated relationship, but she missed him terribly when he passed away, and he lived an extra year after her mom died in order to comfort her, though he was terribly sick and would probably have liked to just "Go Home" (to Heaven) ASAP: I asked him to for her sake. He passed almost a year to the day after her mom did.
I have used the same phrase both on my husband and on my (former) boss (a woman who would dissolve into helpless giggles).
My husband was raised by his mom and his sister to be very aware of women's issues. He only had to hear this once from me... and he was reminded to be patient till I was ready to answer and deal with his issue, whatever it was!
I think I've moved mountains in this, but it seems to be an individual effort for each person.
re: the shirt itself--
You may notice the lettering is "distressed" in some way... I ran a one of my hand-drawn pieces through "Kaleider from Whizical":whizical.com,
I made an interesting "Kaleider" flat sheet using the colors of the work, and one of the designs Kaleider provides.
Going then to "Photo Filtre":http://download.cnet.com/PhotoFiltre/3000-2192_4-10354493.html, I lettered the shirt using this pattern instead of plain colors. (Only software I know of that can do that.)
*"In-French Support for Photo Filtre":http://photofiltre.free.fr/*
*"Definition of whizical*":http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Whizical
*Join the Pink Panther Magazine":http://www.redbubble.com/groups/pink-panther-magazine here on RB to read the Forum discussions pertaining to things such as this. I put one comment in myself about having a voice at the wrong pitch to be heard, and having to sit with the women when we were all qualified radio operators... it happens everywhere that women are trained to let it. Read especially Rosa Cobo's moving notes.