Saturday, May 18, 2013


Dear Readers:

As you may have read in the news this past week, clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch does not believe "fat people" should be wearing their clothes. I would not find this so offensive if their definition of "fat" was not limited to women larger than a size 10 (a 29 inch waist). A&F clothing considers a size 10 in women's clothing to be a "large" (while retailers everywhere call this a "medium") and does not make clothing for women in extra-large or XXL sizes, as they do for men. A&F argues that they offer such extended sizes for men because some men are athletes and need a larger cut to accommodate their bulging muscles. I argue that some women are large busted and need a larger size to accommodate their bulging, ahem...well, you get the picture.

Abercrombie and Fitch's message is nothing short of sexist: If you are a woman who is taller than average (most 6-feet women I know wear a size 12 dress or larger) or more voluptuous than the average high school cheerleader they consider you fat - and not cool enough to wear their clothes.

Now, why any woman would want to dress in clothes that are manufactured by such d**** canoes is beyond me, but the problem is that the psyche of young women in America is delicate enough as it is without a major retailer telling them that they are "large" (when they are actually medium) and of an ungainly size. I like to think that as a culture we have come far enough that women are no longer judged solely by their measurements. After all, it is your personality that makes you "cool" or "uncool", right? Abercrombie and Fitch is firmly planted in my Book of Not Cool!

Today I am asking you, dear readers, to stand behind women of all size behinds and 

I ask that you donate your A&F clothing to your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or homeless shelter. Refuse to wear the brand that denigrates women based upon their body size! By doing this, you will be helping a cause greater than you - you will be helping clothe those less fortunate, and striking a blow against corporate elitism. You will also be telling the world that you are not the kind of person who thinks they are cooler than anyone else (because to think that would be uncool, and thus self-defeating in your attempts to be seen by the world as cool). I also ask that you spread the word by posting to Twitter with the hashtag #FitchTheHomeless, so the word may spread.

Together, we can make the world a better clothing donation at a time!


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