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Abercrombie & Fitch Catalog Sells 'Group Sex' to Teens?

Netlore Archive: Forwarded email urges consumers to protest Abercrombie & Fitch's 2003 'A&F Quarterly' magazine, which allegedly features young adults in various stages of undress engaging in 'group sex.'

Description: Email flyer
Circulating since: Nov 2003
Status: Mixed / Outdated

Email contributed by an MSN user, Nov. 18, 2003:

Abercrombie & Fitch to your kids: Group sex now!

Posted: November 14, 2003
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com

Forty-five specific portrayals of sexual imagery in the first 120 pages, advice to the readers ... this is how the new Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly titled "The Christmas Field Guide" begins its new quarterly magazine that is targeted to your 10- to 13-year-olds. The 45 images include overt portrayals of group sex, lots of teen and young adult nudity, men kissing, and teens /young adults frolicking in a river engaging in sexual activity in multiple group settings.


Analysis: Clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has incurred ongoing criticism for years due to its overtly sexual marketing tactics, and with good reason — its products, ostensibly targeted at college-age adults, are very popular with young teens.

Most recently, consumer groups expressed outrage over the Winter 2003 edition of the A&F Quarterly (basically a cross between a glossy magazine and a Christmas catalog), which featured more than one hundred pages of photographs depicting young-looking models posed in various stages of undress, individually and in groups.

The company pulled the Quarterly from store shelves just before Thanksgiving. It is no longer available for purchase. While some sources have claimed this as a victory for the protesters, Abercrombie & Fitch denies that consumer complaints had anything to do with the magazine's removal.

Though various groups, including Focus on the Family and Concerned Women for America, have been involved in ongoing boycotts and letter-writing campaigns against Abercrombie & Fitch, the email text excerpted above was originally published on WorldNetDaily.com, a conservative news Website.

Update: Abercrombie & Fitch Pulls Suggestive Catalog - Associated Press reports that Abercrombie & Fitch has decided to discontinue its controversial quarterly catalog and replace it with a new promotion in 2004. Industry analysts say the company's sales dropped 13 percent in November, partially due to consumer boycotts.

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Sources and further reading:

Abercrombie & Fitch to Your Kids: Group Sex Now!
WorldNetDaily.com, 13 November 2003

Parents Unhappy with Abercrombie & Fitch Racy Catalog
WATE-TV (Knoxville), 13 November 2003

'Field Guide' Bye-Bye
National Review, 1 December 2003

Catalog Not Pulled Over Protests
Just-Style.com, 28 November 2003

Last updated: 12/11/03

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