- Richard HaynePresident, Urban Outfitters
Tell Urban Outfitters To Pull Sexist T-Shirts!
The latest insult from Urban Outfitters isn't a board game of ghetto stereotypes, or a racist Halloween costume, or a charming hipster tee that reads "Poverty Sucks" - it's a wearable ad for eating disorders. The V-neck t-shirt urges "Eat Less," a slogan young girls in the U.S most definitely need, on top of all the overwhelming pressure to be thin that results in soaring rates of anorexia, bulimia, and disordered eating. There's another lovely shirt that says, ""Fathers, it's up to you to protect your daughter's virginity!" Because in 2010, a woman's worth is still dependent on her virginity, and still controlled by her dad.
Enough is enough from this company - tell Urban Outfitters President Richard Hayne to pull these inane products and stop producing sexist, racist, degrading clothing.
- President, Urban Outfitters
Half of all Americans know someone with an eating disorder, and 65% of women between the ages of 25 and 45 in the United States have eating disorders. The national obsession with thinness is a disease which makes young women consistently insecure about their bodies and pushes them into unhealthy, disordered eating.
Your company is currently selling t-shirts that advertise a "pro-ana", or pro-anorexia, slogan, one used by seriously ill women who are urging other anorexic women to lose even more weight, starving themselves to the brink of survival. The t-shirts not only use this slogan as if it were some sort of hipster catch-phrase, they popularize a fascination with thinness that is proving devastating to American women and girls.
On top of that, another of your t-shirts says, ""Fathers, it's up to you to protect your daughter's virginity!" Haven't we moved past the age when women were the property of their husbands and fathers, and were judged on the basis of assumed virginity? This is a throwback to an era American women have struggled to move beyond. Your cavalier use of such statements is degrading and thoughtless.
Please remove these products from your shelves and pledge to stop selling clothing that encourages eating disorders and insults women.
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