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Mike Jeffries Hates Fat People. Or Does He?

4 Jun
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Does A&F sell this on a T-Shirt?(Photo credit: marsmet511)

First let me say that, by modern society’s standards, I’m fat. Depending on the sizing charts and how they fit, I wear anything between a 12 – 16. By medical ‘ideal weight’ charts, I’m obese, because at 5’7″, I weigh around 180 lbs., and according to them, my maximum weight should be 165, but I constantly have to tell people that yes, I do indeed weigh what I say I weigh, between having a large (and apparently heavy) bone structure, and how I carry my weight, I appear to not be as heavy as I am, because it’s not an ‘all over’ thing. I have a lot of trouble shopping for clothes. I’m in that twilight zone between ‘normal’ and ‘plus size’ where nothing fits just right.

On the other hand, my best friend is 5-foot-nothing, and resembles a toothpick with boobs. She also has trouble shopping for clothes, because since ‘0, 1, 2, 3’ closed (local shop for those girls who are so skinny, ‘normal’ clothes don’t fit them either) she has trouble finding clothes that fit, either in height, waist or both.

If A&F wants to cater to people who have trouble finding ‘trendy’ clothes in a small enough size to fit them, I say go for it. But if you’re going to do it, do it because you want to fill a very real need for a specific demographic, not because you want to keep the fatties out of your ‘cool kids’ club. Even if the reason behind it is the latter, only an idiot would broadcast it, instead of spinning it as something positive.

I was all fired up after reading this post, ready to rip the guy a new ass-hole, but, never being one to take someone’s word on a subject, especially one as touchy as weight and discrimination, I followed the link and read the original article. Continue reading

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