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Urban Outfitters ‘lesbian kiss’ catalog photo sparks parent outrage

10:28 pm - 04/18/2012


The latest Urban Outfitters catalog features an image of two young women kissing and conservative groups are upset.

One Million Moms, the same group that attacked J.C. Penney in February for hiring Ellen DeGeneres as their spokesperson, has posted a message on its website, warning parents about the image that promotes lesbianism and encouraging them to express their outrage to the retail chain.

WARNING! The April 2012 catalog from Urban Outfitters has begun arriving in home mailboxes the last couple of days. On page two of this catalog is a picture of two women kissing in a face holding embrace! The ad and catalog are clearly geared toward teenagers.

Before your child has a chance to read the newest Urban Outfitters catalog call to unsubscribe from their mailing list at 1-800-282-2200, and then throw it away. When you call be sure to let them know why you are unsubscribing. Tell them you will also no longer shop at their stores if you hear this type of advertising continues. The content is offensive and inappropriate for a teen who is the company’s target customer.


Urban Outfitters hasn’t issued a public response. The company’s president and CEO, Richard Hayne, is a known conservative and he donated over $13,000 to the Rick Santorum campaign. Hayne hasn’t openly expressed his views on gay marriage, but he’s thought to be anti-gay because in 2008 the retailer pulled pro-gay-marriage T-shirt from store shelves.

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I think I hate everyone in this story. One Million Moms for being homophobic douchewads, Urban Outfitters for fetishizing lesbians using imagery of lesbians while actively campaigning against LGBT rights.

The clothes are fug, too.


Edited for poor word choice.
snapesgirl34 19th-Apr-2012 10:28 am (UTC)
What a shitty looking photo. Could they have picked a blander looking location? It looks like the photographer just snapped a half assed photo in the hallway outside his hotel room.

I might be more excited to see women kissing if I didn't know they're probably only doing it to appeal to men. Ugh. I hate that gay and bi women are usually only ever represented as male fantasies not as actual people or in support of queer women.
burningmarl 19th-Apr-2012 10:30 am (UTC)
"I might be more excited to see women kissing if I didn't know they're probably only doing it to appeal to men."

Where do you get this in the image?
snapesgirl34 19th-Apr-2012 10:31 am (UTC)
Uh, Urban outfitters donates to homophobic, conservative organizations/ There's no way they're actually supporting lgbt women.
burningmarl 19th-Apr-2012 10:33 am (UTC)
It's true that it is not a political statement in support of gay rights.

But where do you get that it's only to appeal to men.

Different issues.
mingemonster 19th-Apr-2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
ikr? as a woman attracted to women, i'm surprisingly into seeing women kiss, too!
margerydaw_s2 19th-Apr-2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
This.
teacoat 19th-Apr-2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
But the CEO probably didn't have anything to do with this catalog. Heck, he might not have even seen it before it went out, depending on how hands-on he is. Just because the CEO is a homophobic asshat doesn't mean that everyone who works for the company and everyone that they ever contract out to is homophobic as well.
ten_of_swords 19th-Apr-2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
the ceo is like that, I doubt every single person (such as the art director) at UO are homophobic, awful people.

Edited at 2012-04-19 03:35 pm (UTC)
squeeful 19th-Apr-2012 10:32 am (UTC)
You know what I hate? Being erased and invisible to the very people who are supposed to be my community.
snapesgirl34 19th-Apr-2012 10:36 am (UTC)
If it were any other company, I honestly would be excited, but not a homophobic organization who's just being exploitative. I would hope it's not asking too much to just be represented in media without being exploited or portrayed negatively.
squeeful 19th-Apr-2012 10:40 am (UTC)
Okay. Now can you say that without blatantly implying that femme lesbians aren't real or representations of them are only to appeal to men? Because damn is that fucked up and hurtful. Way to make me feel even more alienated.
snapesgirl34 19th-Apr-2012 10:46 am (UTC)
I didn't realize I was implying that, I apologize for saying hurtful things.

Femme lesbians are real, and I think they can be represented in media, I'm just calling Urban Outfitters into question because of their homophobic history. If it were another company that that didn't regularly donate to anti-gay causes I honestly wouldn't be questioning the photo.
burningmarl 19th-Apr-2012 10:56 am (UTC)
"Ugh. I hate that gay and bi women are usually only ever represented as male fantasies not as actual people"

Textbook femmephobia. Absolute classic.

Aside from UO's questionable ethics, what about the image makes you think they're not "actual people" or "male fantasies" other than they are femme women kissing.



Are these "actual people"? How do you know?

And if we are talking about ~~fantasies~~ then the heterosexual image is a lot more erotic and titillating than the Urban Outfitters one.

Edited at 2012-04-19 10:58 am (UTC)
snapesgirl34 19th-Apr-2012 10:59 am (UTC)
Sorry.
lil_insanity 19th-Apr-2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
I think I'm in love with you. You're awesome and are saying all of this way better than I could.
squeeful 19th-Apr-2012 11:06 am (UTC)
Then call out UO and their policies, not the photo itself and certainly not whether similar representations are "actual" people. I'm an actual person. I'm actually gay. The next time I kiss someone it will probably actually look like that. Awkwardness, high heels, and all. I am not a fantasy. I do not look like this to titillate men.
clevermanka 19th-Apr-2012 01:27 pm (UTC)
The next time I kiss someone it will probably actually look like that. Awkwardness, high heels, and all.

I hope that next time is Real Soon Now, the awkwardness is minimal, and the high heels are as gorgeous as the person you're kissing. =)
squeeful 19th-Apr-2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I hope so too, but I am in general an awkward person. Though my next picture kissing will probably have me dressed as Doctor Who so it could be fun. The heels I have for it are damned cute.
clevermanka 19th-Apr-2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
PICS WHEN YOU HAVE 'EM. PRETTY PRETTY PLEASE.

I <3 costuming. I'm doing a Rule 63 BBC Sherlock/Watson at a local con this summer. We're going to be awesome.
squeeful 19th-Apr-2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
WE'RE DOING ALL ELEVEN DOCTORS AS FEMALE DOCTORS IT IS GOING TO BE SO COOL. IM GOING AS LOLITA SIX.

Dragoncon, bb. I'm making ten's suit too. She's going to look awwwwwwesome.
clevermanka 19th-Apr-2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
I would reply to this comment except I am now *ded*. AND MY DYING WISH IS FOR PICS, OKAY?
squeeful 19th-Apr-2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
Oh bb there will be PICS. And possibly a small documentary because that's what I do.

Ten's suit is a woman's 1940s pants suit. If I have time and enough fabric I'm making her a matching fedora too.
rjdaae 20th-Apr-2012 12:18 am (UTC)
WE'RE DOING ALL ELEVEN DOCTORS AS FEMALE DOCTORS IT IS GOING TO BE SO COOL. IM GOING AS LOLITA SIX.

Pardon me for butting into the conversation, but THAT SOUNDS AWESOME! :D I'll have to keep an eye out for your group at D*Con!
squeeful 20th-Apr-2012 09:50 am (UTC)
You must! You must! We also have a couple of dude!Companions, but they're kind of afterthoughts to the femme!Doctors idea. Tentative scheduling says we'll be out en mass Friday evening. I'll be the extremely short and busty blonde in an LSD trip of an outfit.
sobota 19th-Apr-2012 11:23 am (UTC)
that's actually UO's house style, awkward 'realistic' looking photos. i don't like it either, because it doesn't really show off WHAT THEY'RE SELLING.
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