SPRINGFIELD, IL: Illinois' lieutenant governor has relaunched a
boycott of retailer Abercrombie & Fitch using a new Web site,
StopAandF.com, 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
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.