Abercrombie acquiesces

The teen clothing manufacturer agrees to pull some offensive T-shirts in response to angry young females.


Rebecca Traister
November 7, 2005 8:34PM (UTC)

It looks like the "girlcott" of Abercrombie and Fitch has worked. Last week, a group of teenage girls from Pennsylvania went public with their dismay at the company for selling shirts emblazoned with slogans like "Who needs brains when you have these?" and "Blondes are adored, brunettes are ignored."

On Friday, the retailer announced that it would stop selling some of the shirts, though it did not specify which ones. According to Reuters, an Abercrombie statement read in part, "We recognize that the shirts in question, while meant to be humorous, might be troubling to some."

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Yeah, like the one that reads: "I make you look fat." Might it be troubling that it plays on physical insecurities and body image dysmorphia and competitive cruelty in teenagers? Or are we just humorless?


Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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