Groucho Marx said, "I'd never join a club that would allow a person like me to become a member." That's the way I feel about Abercrombie & Fitch fashion wear. They cater to the youth market, and the publicly stated "cool kids." Though I think anybody who could fit into their clothes should knock themselves out if that's what they want to wear. But that wouldn't be me, or any of my friends. Not because of any reverse snobbishness, mind you. We just wouldn't pay those inflated retail prices for their stuff. Instead, we'd wait until the same items show up at the thrift stores. You'd be amazed at how much once overpriced gear with designer labels can be found, in good condition, at your local second-hand store for five to ten bucks. To me, that's what being cool is all about.
But now Abercrombie & Fitch is coming under fire because they only make clothing for anorexic fashion models or marathon runners.
If we pressure them to cave in and carry the plus sizes, then shouldn't those big and tall shops be required to carry petite sizes as well? You can see where this would lead. No more specialty shops, and that would hurt the economy. We already live in a one-size-fits-all kind of world, where zero tolerance policies in our educational system, for example, have made criminals out of elementary school children for pointing a finger at someone and going "bang bang!" It's the dumbing down, and the distilling down of America to the lowest common denominator, just so nobody gets upset or offended.
Abercrombie & Fitch figures that if the carnival can have a sign that says you've got to be "this big" to go on that ride, then they can have a policy that says you've got to be "this small" to wear our clothing.
And here in America, the land of the free, what's wrong with that?