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Every Bad Gut Feeling You’ve Ever Had About Abercrombie & Fitch? True.

May 9, 2013

You know how whenever you pass an Abercrombie & Fitch location your skin starts to crawl? How that fragrance they spray outside the stores somehow triggers PTSD flashbacks to every skeezy frat boy who ever pinned you up against a wall? How no matter how attractive the people in the windows are, those dark, low-ceilinged spaces feel like a trap? Yeah. You know what I’m talking about. You’ve always had a sneaking suspicion that A&F was just a front for insecure, jackass frat boys who refuse to grow up. And you were right:

From the Twitter feed of @theimperialgirl

Abercrombie is facing  a world of criticism, as it rightly should, after these remarks were printed in a Business Insider story this week. On its most basic level, at issue is the fact that women’s sizes in the stores stop at large, whereas men’s sizes go on up to double-XL. But the truth is that many clothing lines offer no expanded sizing for women. It’s a shame, but it’s true.

The real issue, though, is that when asked about his company’s policy, Abercrombie CEO Michael Jeffries felt completely comfortable justifying it in the above terms. It’s an amazingly brazen statement. Although it has to be said that it’s also endemic of a least a certain segment of American culture.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. mikey2ct permalink
    May 9, 2013 5:59 pm

    I can’t afford to shop there and don’t blog myself. I do know and follow authors who write about plus-sized ladies. I shall pass this post on.

  2. May 9, 2013 1:18 pm

    That’s horrible!! I’m glad I’ve never blown any of my $ in that rat hole store! I’m a smaller person and this infuriates me!

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