please at least stop pretending to be so about fat girls.
So this zine I am working on has sort of gotten bigger than just something I am handing out to some undergrads. I want to make it bigger so I encourage you all to submit more things to firstname.lastname@example.org or in my hot gay ask box. One thing I would really love is if you would write a love letter to your body and submit it to the zine. I think it would be a really adorable way to engage in self love (then share it with people!). XO
(Content Warning: sexual assault + racism)
Now that Dov Charney’s being sued — or, as he believes, extorted — for sexual assault (to the tune of $260 million), let’s take a look at his past pervitudes, meltdowns, questionable management practices, and brushes with the law.
In a soon-to-be notorious Jane profile of Charney, Claudine Ko wrote,
Soon enough, he loosens his Pierre Cardin belt. […] thus begins another compulsive episode of what Dov likes to call self pleasure, during which we casually carry on our interview, discussing things like business models, hiring practices and the stupidity of focus groups.
"Masturbation in front of women is underrated," Dov explains to me later over the phone. "It’s much easier on the woman. She gets to watch, it’s a sensual experience that doesn’t involve a man violating a woman, yet once the man has his release, it’s over and you can talk to the guy."
An anonymous former employee told Dateline “It was understood that Dov was looking for sex almost constantly. […] He was looking for sex from his employees.” Six other former employees backed up his account. By this time, three women had sued Charney for sexual harassment. Two settled — the third was Mary Nelson, who sued Charney for a “reign of sexual terror” that included taking meetings wearing only “a garment described as a ‘cock sock.’”
When CNBC reporter Margaret Brennan brought up Nelson’s ongoing suit in an interview, Charney subjected her to a ten-minute, curse-laden tantrum.
Another ex-employee Jeneleen Floyd sued Charney for, among other things, ordering her to pretend to masturbate, and ordering her male supervisor to pretend to masturbate in front of her.
Woody Allen sued American Apparel for using his picture (a still from Annie Hall) on a billboard. In a memo defending the billboard, Charney’s assistant Iris Alonzo wrote,
Some of you may know that the billboards with Woody Allen’s picture, and the text ‘Our Spiritual Leader’ (that’s what the Hebrew [sic] letters said) were intended to be a social statement and not an ad. We making [sic] a comparison between Woody Allen and Dov and the scene in Annie Hall where Alvi [sic] is judged by his girlfriend’s grandmother. At the time, many people consumed [sic] with the sexual harassment lawsuits that we were facing, and through that experience, we saw firsthand what media scandal feels like and how quickly the truth gets lost.
She also said the billboard “was in no way intended to sell clothing.” American Apparel eventually agreed to pay Allen a $5 million settlement.
An American Apparel store manager told Gawker that Charney “made store managers across the country take group photos of their employees so that he could personally judge people based on looks. He is tightening the AA ‘aesthetic,’ and anyone that he deems not good-looking enough to work there, is encouraged to be fired. This is blatant discrimination based on looks.”
A copy of “Dov’s Newsletter” sent to us deemed Brooke Shield’s eyebrows a “yes” — and an unnamed AA employee’s a “no.”
A source told Gawker that American Apparel’s new hiring policy required each employee to submit photos for hiring or promotion: “Your looks determine your position and pay rate, not how effective you are at your job.” And a former manager recalled being told what “kind” of black women to hire:
none of the trashy kind that come in, we don’t want that. we’re not trying to sell our clothes to them. try to find some of these classy black girls, with nice hair, you know?
In response, AA issued a statement reading, in part,
American Apparel does not hire or retain applicants based on ‘beauty.’ Our main priority is finding people with a strong sense of style who can inspire customers as they make selections from our extensive line.
Gawker received an internal email on “grooming” standards for “females,” including the following:
Eyebrows must not be overplucked. Full eyebrows are very much encouraged. Please do not dye your eyebrows a different color.
Eyebrows are apparently a big thing for American Apparel.
BNET reported that Charney took home a $1.1 million bonus for the year 2009, despite the fact that American Apparel had to fire 1,800 workers because of immigration concerns, and saw its stock price plummet.
American Apparel’s auditors (who had previously quit, citing major doubts about the company’s accounting), told the SEC that the company’s financial reports for the previous fiscal year “should not be relied upon.” According to Going Concern, the auditors felt that “APP management was more or less full of shit.”
Is Charney “full of shit” in his recent claims that his legal troubles are just the result of lawyers out to extort him? Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure — this is far from the first time he’s been in hot water.
[TRIGGER WARNING: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/CHILD ABUSE]
I know that some of you probably remember that earlier this year I asked if anyone who had been a victim of child abuse would be willing to come forward and answer some questions for some research that I’m doing. And I thank those of you who were so gracious and willing to help, and if you’re still willing then next semester I’ll be doing that particular research in a very formal way and would love your help.
What I’m doing:
However, on April 2nd I am to present on a topic relating to my “Gender, Crime, & Deviance” Course and this is what I’ve chosen:
A Queer Analysis of Gendered Responses to Intimate Partner Violence
It’s exactly what it sounds like. I want to queer the institutional responses to domestic violence victims. By that I mean that a lot of the discourse and a lot of the outreach programs are targeted almost exclusively toward cis-female victims. And we all know that this is problematic because not all victims are cis-female. Furthermore, not all victims are heterosexual. Even further, not all victims are in romantic and/or sexual relationships with their abusers. With that being said, I need some cases to analyze and prove this theory
What I need from you awesome people of Tumblr:
I need victims of domestic violence who experience was non-normative. By that I mean (and I’m sorry to discriminate and by no means wish to belittle the plight of cis-hetero-women who have been abused) anyone who meets one or more of the following criteria
- non-heterosexual relationship
- aromantic and/or asexual relationship
- any gender expression/presentation aside from cis-female
Again, this isn’t because I wish to discriminate against straight women who were FAAB that have been abused by an intimate partner. I am empathetic to your experiences and though I’m no expert, I would still be willing to listen to your experiences as a compassionate person despite its irrelevance to my research.
So if you have been a victim of abuse in a non-normative way, and you would not be triggered by talking about your experiences and you would like to help me with this research for the sake of raising awareness of queer experience, then please please please please please help me.
You can contact me one of two ways:
- via my ask box
- via e-mail at email@example.com
Even if you don’t fit these criteria of experience that I’m looking for, then PLEASE spread this around. I have a certain number of cases that I’d like to reach and without reaching it I may not be able to continue my research.
Also this has a small time constraint. As I mentioned, I present on April 4th, so if I haven’t gathered enough cases in about 10 days then I may have to hold off and do this research next semester along with the research on child abuse.
Anyways, I love you guys, you’re all awesome and I hope to hear from some of you who are willing and able to share.
your dearest and queerest,
[Meme format. Dog picture. Grayish background. “Hit on least attractive girl” - “She has a boyfriend”]
Yes, because depression is oh so hilarious. And people suffering from depression having bad self-image is perfect for a joke. Let’s add some body policing and het normative subtext and we’re done for the day.
[image: Twitter screencap from @_rebeccablack_: “You do realize that teen suicide isn’t funny, right? It’s a serious matter and you should be ashamed of yourself”].
Seriously impressed by this reaction.
I hate the fact that this needs to be said, but I’m happy she said it.