Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.

-C.S. Lewis

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

A & F

Some wonderful T-Shirts over at Abercrombie & Fitch. Example: “Who needs brains when you have these?” “These” are apparently intended to indicate the prominent breasts that the words will be stretched over. Anyone with an ounce of decency and a working sense of humor (i.e. one that actually senses humor and distinguishes it from offensive swill) can see that the message sent by this shirt completely degrades women. And so what? Lots of offensive stuff out there, what’s one more t-shirt? Maybe so, but my problem with this is that A&F specifically markets this stuff to girls in junior high. Girls who are truly, actually wondering which of these mysterious developing organs, the brains or the boobs, will do her the most good. And along comes Abercrombie to tell them definitively what the answer is. Some will argue that the t-shirts target audience “doesn’t have a problem with it.” Well, I’d counter that statement by saying that the target audience is about 13 and doesn’t know up from down. All they know is that the cool people at A&F say this is how we’re supposed to think so it must be OK. I didn’t shop there before, but I sure as hell won’t be shopping there now.

Two words for all those whose cursors are hovering over the comments icon right now, just itching to tell me that liberals have no sense of humor: The Onion.

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