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12/03/2003 Archived Entry: "Forseeable Controversy of the Week"
Posted by CKL @ 09:34 AM PST

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

The national clothing chain Abercrombie and Fitch has pulled its Christmas catalog, which featured page after page of naked young models and extolled the virtues of group sex, after several groups launched consumer boycotts of the company.

The firm denied that its decision at the height of the holiday shopping season to stop selling the racy catalog -- which advocated orgies and group masturbation -- had anything to do with the protests. Instead, Abercrombie and Fitch said it needed to free precious shelf space for a new perfume and promised to return with a spring catalog offering more "butts" and other nudity...

[One] steamy page [from the Christmas catalog] featured 10 naked models wading in a creek. Underneath was a pitch for sex with multiple partners.

"Sex, as we know, can involve one or two, but what about even more?" the ad copy queries. "The menage a trois (three way) is not an uncommon arrangement. An orgy can involve an unlimited quantity of potential lovers. Groups can be mixed-gender or same-sex, friendly or anonymous.

"A pleasant and supersafe alternative to this is group masturbation," the ad goes on.

Toward the back of the catalog, an article offers advice on three-way sex and the importance of having lots of carnal experiences in college...

I'm sure A&F knows exactly what it's doing: getting free publicity. It's a perfect, evil plan-- pander to your target market while simultaneously flouting community standards, but in a non-threatening, ultimately trivial fashion. Ingenious! Diabolical!

Why can't they use their powers for good? Because good doesn't sell tube socks, Johnny. Sadly, it's all about the Benjamins.

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