Thursday, July 13, 2006
THE REAL HOT .....SEE HOW HOT SMART CAN BE
Meet this week's REAL hotties:
The REAL hot 100 highlights young women are smart, savvy, and actively trying to make the world a better place. This week's 2006 REAL hotties fought Abercrombie & Fitch -- and won! Because of their REALLY hot Girlcott, A&F pulled demeaning t-shirts from their shelves. How hot is that? Meet the Girlcott Girls:
Who are they? The "Girlcott Girls," ages 13-18, Pittsburgh, PA
What makes them REALLY hot? "Give me something to scream about!" is just what Abercrombie & Fitch did for 24 young girls after releasing a line of female t-shirts containing this sexually charged phrase along with some other sexist and racist messages, including, "Who needs brains when you have these?" "I hope you can make more then I can spend," and "Last night I had a nightmare I was a brunette." These t-shirts sparked a feminist uproar in this group of teens, and they decided to take action! The group of 24 REALLY hot girls originally came together to learn to be grantmakers, in a youth program called "Girls as Grantmakers" run by The Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania. The girls went big with their fight against Abercrombie, waging a national Girlcott against A&F's sexist slogans. Supported by Heather Arnet, the Foundation's Executive Director, the teenagers launched what became a cause celebre and a successful social action. The Girlcott garnered national attention through radio and television-- and more than 23,000 stories about it appeared online! As a result, A&F pulled the demeaning t-shirts from the shelves and agreed to meet with the Girlcott group at A&F headquarters to discuss how the company could incorporate more empowering t-shirts for women.
As you know, looking to the media for positive images of young women is no easy task. We are here to celebrate these women and their accomplishments how hot SMART can be:I thought it was really smart of them to stand up for what is right and not support a company that was degrading women. they were all teenagers yet they were able to make a change.