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"Field Guide" Bye-Bye: Abercrombie and Fitch stops selling porn

Anne Morse

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In matters of foreign policy, Teddy Roosevelt advised, one should speak softly and carry a big stick. Last month tens of thousands of Americans applied that advice to a vexing domestic matter. Their "big stick" was the threat of a nationwide boycott of one of Roosevelt's favorite stores, Abercrombie and Fitch.

The threat worked. Four days before the official start of the Christmas shopping season -- Abercrombie, known for overpriced clothes and underdressed models -- ordered its 651 stores to stop selling "The Christmas Field Guide," the latest edition of the company's pornographic quarterly magazine. It's evidently the start of a permanent ban on selling the quarterly in stores, and it's evidence that when enough people get mad -- and take action -- even the most libertine companies will sometimes back down.

Abercrombie's quarterly has long angered parents and others concerned about cultural decay. The 2003 Christmas issue features dozens of naked young men and women in various sexual poses, including group sex. The pictures are accompanied by a column from a "sexpert" who, among other lewd advice, suggests readers engage in oral sex in movie theaters "so long as you do not disturb those around you."

Read the entire article on the National Review Online website.

Posted: 8-Dec-03



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