• 28th August
  • 28
Urban Outfitters Girlcott! Do it!



link via @ autumn-and-gomorrah

Feminist activist Shelby Knox has launched a girlcott of Urban Outfitters, saying the company is producing sexist and degrading clothing.  Knox cites two T-shirts in particular, one that reads “Eat Less” (a healthy slogan in a country in which 65% of women between the ages of 25 and 45 suffer from an eating disorder) and another that says, “Fathers, it’s up to you to protect your daughter’s virginity!”

If you don’t find the pro-ana shirt or the girls-you’re-dad’s-property slogan offensive, there’s still plenty about the company to despise. Urban Outfitters’ President Richard Hayne gives bundles of money to the Republican Party and to anti-gay, Prop 8-defender Senator Richard Santorum. UO has printed t-shirts featuring a Palestinian boy with an AK-47 and the word “victimized,” which, regardless of your position in regards to Israel, is an example of the blatant commodification and cheapening of a deeply tragic conflict. Years earlier, the company made T-shirts reading “Everybody Loves A Jewish Girl” surrounded by dollar signs and shopping bags.

If that doesn’t do it for you, consider the classy “Ghettopoly,” which is a sort of Monopoly based on “ghetto” stereotypes and features properties like Smitty’s XXX Peep Show and Tyron’s Gun Shop, figures of “Malcum X” (intentionally misspelled), and game cards that read “you got yo whole neighborhood addicted to crack. Collect $50.” Black clergymen have boycotted the game, unfortunately to no effect.

If that’s not your racial stereotype of choice, Urban Outfitters comes to the rescue with a “Chinese Man” Halloween costume. No? How about a tee with “Poverty Sucks” scrawled in gold glitter? Charming, no? And if all that doesn’t do it for you, there’s always good ol’ fashioned union-busting, which UO resorted to at a Swedish store.

The company is, in a word, loathsome. How many girlcotts will it take to prevent it from making more blatantly sexist, racist, classist, prejudiced products? Let’s make this one stick — add your voice to the girlcott on Facebook (already at over 700 members), and sign this petition to tell Urban Outfitters to pull its latest line of insulting t-shirts.

(via feministvigilante)

  • 22nd August
  • 22
The scenes of the last few nights in parts of London and elsewhere are shocking. The criminal violence and theft that have been witnessed are to be condemned. They are a callous disregard for the common good of our society and show how easily basic principles of respect and honesty are cast aside.
I ask that Catholics pray especially for those directly affected by the violence, for those facing danger on the streets, for those whose livelihood has been ruined, for those whose lives are marked by fear, for those whose parents are worried about the behaviour of their youngsters and for those who, at this time, are being tempted into the ways of violence and theft.
In the face of these difficulties, a forthright common effort is needed to ensure that these times bring out the best in our society and not the worst. I am sure that, as Catholic citizens, we shall play our part with clear principles for living, both as individuals and as a society, with honesty, compassion and prayer.
May God grant us courage and determination to shape our lives with dignity, self respect and care for the common good.
Archbishop Vincent Nichols (Westminster)

(Source: catholic-ew.org.uk, via bishopfeed)