State officer renews A&F boycott due to sexually explicit catalogs

SPRINGFIELD, IL: Illinois' lieutenant governor has relaunched a

boycott of retailer Abercrombie & Fitch using a new Web site,, to garner public support for her efforts. It is linked to

her official site.

Lt. Gov. Corinne Wood was outraged by the use of "sexually explicit"

photos in A&F catalogs that her daughter, then aged 14, received in

1999, and immediately started a boycott of the company.

Although A&F didn't officially respond to her at the time, it did start

mailing catalogs in wrappers that hid cover photos and began asking for

proof of age for purchase, prompting Wood to drop her boycott. But when

she saw the 2001 XXX Spring catalog, she decided to renew her


Wood objects that A&F "markets to teens and preteens" and continues to

use sexually explicit photos in its mailings. She has garnered support

from more than a dozen organizations with religious, ethnic and

political roots.

Site visitors can sign a petition that Wood intends to send to A&F CEO

Michael Jeffries. The site has had roughly 1,000 sign-ups since its


Wood's unveiling of the Web site on June 14 was widely covered by the

Chicago media and nationally by Reuters. She also said other national

publications have contacted her.

Wood, who calls herself "the highest ranking mom in Illinois," plans to

continue her efforts indefinitely and will discuss the boycott at

various public appearances. She's also hoping a PR or public affairs

firm will volunteer to help with the boycott.

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