Mixing Business with Politics

I recently released some very vagina-related political merchandise.  I had a fair amount of people unfollow me, but you know what, I’m not sweating it.  And here’s why...

 

Kate wearing the vote crop top


I was always told it wasn’t polite to talk about politics.  I grew up not knowing too much, because we didn’t cover modern politics in school, it wasn’t really spoken about with friends, and we didn’t even talk about it at home at the dinner table.  No fault to my parents, it was the same in their generation too.  I went to college in Washington, DC and while everyone seemed to talk about it there, I was so intimidated by my peers’ vast knowledge that I still didn’t talk about it.  It wasn’t until the past five years or so that I realized I HAD to start talking about it.  I started learning more, reading more, listening to more, and soon enough, talking more about politics.  


When starting my business earlier this year, I thought a lot about how much of my political beliefs to include in my brand.  After much consideration, I finally arrived at the position that this is my platform, albeit small, and I feel it is important that I share my values.  I’ve heard mixed reviews about sharing your political beliefs as a business owner, and sure, I don’t want to scare away customers, but honestly, if someone is going to not purchase from me because they don’t believe a woman has the right to choose what happens to her own body, quite frankly I don’t want their business anyways.  

 

Woman holding vote tote bag

While products like my “Vote with your Vagina” collection and posts like these might scare people away, I hope it will further hone in on who I want to be speaking to--that elusive “ideal customer”.  I want people to see designs like this and say “Heck yeah! That is so me!!!” These are my people.  

And quite frankly, the outpouring of support for these items has been overwhelming! We have had so many orders from friends of friends of friends.  All 200 buttons were sold out in just a few days.  All the comments, emails, and texts of excitement have just filled me with energy and reaffirmed my commitment to being open and transparent with all of you. 

 

My “Vote with your Vagina” items are something that is important to me.  So many women are gaslighted into believing that their medical health is not important and that their bodies are not theirs to control.  Yes I paint pretty flowers, but I’m also passionate about a woman’s autonomy over her own body--some might say that the vulva is the prettiest flower of them all! I see you, Georgia O’Keeffe.


If you want to get your hands on these controversial items! Go check out the collection and DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!!!

October 07, 2020 — KATE TALCOTT