Abercrombie and Fitch has decided that anyone over a size 10 jean isn’t sexy enough for their clothing line, and doesn’t want them shopping in their stores and sullying their clothes. They decided to only hire good looking people so that only good looking people will come into their store.
“It’s almost everything. That’s why we hire good-looking people in our stores. Because good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people. We don’t market to anyone other than that,”
That is an actual quote from their CEO Mike Jeffries.
I know I don’t have a lot of followers but this is something that isn’t right. They’re excluding people from being able to buy their clothes and they make it seem like it isn’t okay for people to be slightly chubbier or bigger than the average “cool kid” to own their clothes. This is something that shouldn’t be allowed to happen.
I’ve seen tumblr do some amazing things, and this place would be even more amazing to me if we were somehow able to show the douchebag who runs this company that his elitist, skinny-people only attitude ISN’T okay, and that we won’t stand for it.
Another quote from the article by Jeffries:
“In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.”
And according to the source, Abercrombie & Fitch has no problem selling XL and XXL clothing to MEN. So this isn’t just body-shaming and dismissal of overweight people in general, but OVERWEIGHT WOMEN SPECIFICALLY, who are by Jeffries’ SUPREME judgment objectively incapable of being cool or attractive.
It’s been a while since I actually wrote something meaningful in here; and now that I have more time since it’s summer once again, I’ll try to do so starting off with something that’s been on my mind for the past week now…
Third year is officially over (well…I hope it is for me!), I can’t believe just how quick it went by. And let me tell you, this was a tough one. Someone please remind me why on earth I entered this course… I only have myself to blame for underestimating it or not knowing fully what I was going to get myself in to. It really does take one to know one. CRS life is… hmm. I can barely put in to words just how much of a hard time both semesters had given me but I’m grateful that despite having the option to give up, I was blessed by the grace of persistence and will power even though I felt weak.
This year was a roller coaster ride, both academically and non-academically. Definitely a year I won’t forget, full of interesting things, and not to mention, the wonderful people I met and got closer to. :) Right now I’m on the edge of my seat, not knowing what to expect… It’s all in Your hands Lord. You know how hard I’ve worked… You know how hard my batchmates and I worked and sacrificed to get where we are now. We’re only 15 regulars in section A, and 17 regulars in section B. A total of 32 regulars in the entire batch considering we started off as 100 students in first year, need it get any less? :’(
It’s a struggle to hang on, and a whole lot to handle. I came across an unfortunate event the past semester that put all my confidence on hold, which many people probably already know about (quite embarrassing, but whatever haha!). Shit happens, and I’ve learned to accept it. And on and on again, inconsistency got the best of me.
It made me think of how I could anticipate whatever it is I deserved— be it failure or success. How can one really be ready? I’ll cut to the chase. I may eat my words tomorrow, because I know for sure that everything I am about to say is easier said than done. But I’ll say it anyway.
As a student, I know what it’s like to be overwhelmed by the demands of the course we are in. I know what it’s like to sacrifice so many things just to show how dedicated and serious you are with your studies. What are we all trying to do? Prove ourselves worthy. We are all prone to failure, and one way or another we will come across it whether we like it or not— be it academically or outside academics. Accept failure (this is where I choke my words), but don’t accept not trying. It’s there for a reason— to keep us humble, to keep us grounded and to remind us that as students, it is our duty to mold ourselves to fit the standards of the school, and not the other way around.
As much as we all want the professors to adjust or curve for us, we need to understand that they can only do so much. They can’t keep compromising the standards of the course just to make us happy and all pass.
I’ll admit, the word “delayed” or “irregular” sounds like a scary word at first, and I tried to come up with something to comfort myself and my friends of the possibility of it (and friends who are already in that situation).
If you find yourself at risk of this situation, a good way to look at it is this:
Don’t race with time, let time race with you.
Take all the time you need to hone your competency rather than always settling for mediocre and allowing your profs to let you get away with it. OT (and the other CRS courses) is a profession for a reason, and it is our job to always bring the best dish to the table. Charles Darwin says that the most intelligent beings are the ones who are able to adapt. He didn’t say at what rate, but only mentioned that that was the key to survival.
Sure, it may be a bummer that you won’t get to graduate with your original batch and sure, it may suck that you need to repeat the subject again (with the batch below) but see it is a chance to not only do better, but ace it. The term “second chance” usually gets inclined to love and relationships, but in this case, second chance isn’t an opportunity that is given by someone else —- it’s an opportunity that we create ourselves for self-redemption.
Alongside positivity, don’t forget faith in yourself that you can do better, and faith in God that He will guide you through whatever happens. It’s all part of a plan and the most important thing is that we learn from it and use it for the better. Those lines may be overused, but there is truth to each one of it.
To all my blockmates and schoolmates, God bless and may the odds be ever in our favor… :)