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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.


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)
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)
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.
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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