WILLIENORRISWORKSHOP has partnered with Planned Parenthood of Greater New York to
release a collaborative t-shirt.
For this collaboration, designer Willie Norris looked to one of his signature WNWS t-shirts
reading “WHAT EXACTLY IS HETEROSEXUALITY AND WHAT CAUSES IT?” Instead of
offering up a sardonic inquiry into heterosexuality, the front of the WNWS x Planned Parenthood
shirt cheekily reads, “WHAT EXACTLY IS PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND WHAT CAUSES
IT?” In keeping with Norris’s signature design, the back of the t-shirt offers up a long-form
explanation to the question posed by the front.
With this shirt, Norris utilizes his signature confrontational aesthetic to bring attention to Planned
Parenthood and the need for accessible sexual and reproductive education and healthcare as
part of a healthy and empowered life amidst a culture that shames and stigmatizes sex. With
this project it was Norris’s goal to earnestly promote Planned Parenthood’s full range of services
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) is a leading provider, educator, and
advocate of sexual and reproductive health care in New York State. PPGNY offers a wide range
of services at its 30 locations across 65% of NYS - including gynecological care, birth control,
cancer screenings, pregnancy testing, STI testing and treatment, HIV prevention, testing, and
counseling, transgender hormone therapy, abortion, and vasectomy. As a voice for reproductive
freedom, PPGNY supports legislation and policies that ensure all New Yorkers have access to
the full range of reproductive health services and education.
The full text on the back of the shirt is as follows:
"WHAT EXACTLY IS PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND WHAT CAUSES IT?"
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) is a leading provider of sexual and reproductive health services and information, a fierce advocate, and a committed partner to advance equity and improve health outcomes for all.
WHAT CAUSES IT:
A need for the education and health care necessary to lead a healthy and empowered life. A culture that shames and stigmatizes sex and sexuality.
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE SERVICES:
We provide services people need to be healthy and powerful, including but not limited to abortion, birth control, testing and treatment for STIs, PEP, PrEP, wellness exams, cancer screenings, and gender-affirming hormone therapy.
MEDICALLY ACCURATE SEX EDUCATION PROGRAMS:
All people deserve access to the information needed to make healthy and informed decisions. PPGNY creates curricula, trains community members to be resources, and advocates at the legislative level to expand access to information about sexual health.
BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES:
PPGNY believes in treating the whole patient. That’s why we have social workers on staff, and are able to enroll our patients in health insurance on site.
THE RIGHT TO CONTROL YOUR BODY:
You can’t control your destiny if you don’t control your body. PPGNY advocates for policies that expand access to sexual and reproductive health care and create a more just and equitable world for all.
In a culture that diminishes young people’s voices and expertise, PPGNY engages young people to be leaders in our community. Our Youth Health Promoters lead workshops in schools, and create original social media content to empower the next generation of sexual health leaders.
MEETING OUR PATIENTS WHERE THEY’RE AT:
Structural inequality means that getting to a health center is a huge barrier for some folks, so we go where our patients are. Our Project Street Beat program provides confidential, nonjudgmental health care, counseling and support to adults and young people who live and work on NYC’s streets.
CARE FOR ALL:
We see everyone who walks through our doors regardless of age, immigration status, or ability to pay, because we believe health care is a human right. Make your appointment at www.ppgreaterny.org.