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    I thought I was the only one that has been disgusted with the current state of advertising. Especially the sexualization of women. I thought it was especially bad after one store opened up in my city called "La Senza Girl's" which makes thongs and sexy lingerie for little girls. I watched the link for "Killing Us Softy 3" , I am glad you put it up McJag, It realy confirmed my own suspicions of the adverising business.I have a daughter who is 9 right now, and I will be sure to educate her about advertising as she grows up, I want her to feel empowered about her self, not inadequate.
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    I went onto thier website today americanapparel.net, and on thier homepage they are featuring different photo galleries. I saw one for Kristen and she was modeling the "slim slacks". There are nipples galore and a masturbatory shot of her hand shoved all the way down her pants. It doesn't show up in the archived gallery section, so the only way to see it is if you scroll over the picture on the main page and click on the different circles that appear until you get to her gallery. I thought the hand down the pants shot was a bit much. Oh and Genny is still there too.

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    i guess i must be a perv but i don't mind the ads. some are slightly porny but i like that they're not all heavily airbrushed and that their models, while pretty, look like regular people, not pneumatic sillicone-breasted fake-tanned bimbos. they're basically softcore porn with an amateurish feel for the hipster crowd but i agree with butt that the owner might be a perv but he's also a savvy businessman and i doubt any of the models are actually underage so while it's provocative and suggestive, i don't have an issue with it.
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    I've seen a lot of American Apparel ads in mags and such, they always look cheap and ugly, the clothing boring and KMart-esque.
    "In the face of the blinding sun, I wake only to find
    that Heaven is a stranger place than than one I've left behind." - SM

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    Ever since the first time I saw their ads years ago, it smacked of kiddie porn to me. My husband does tech work for the adult industry and even he said it looked like straight-up Barely Legal sites which have simulated underage porn with adult models intended to look clearly underage...

    I don't have a problem with porn, but what these things do is encourage and even legitimize pornographic images of underage kids. I don't give a damn that the model is 25, it makes no difference to me; they picked her because she looks 12 and purposely shot her to play up her underage look in a sexualized way, you can't convince me it's not encouraging kiddie porn.

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    Their site and pictures don't bother me. Sex sells, we all know it.

    How can it possibly be kiddie porn if the models are adults? Women try to look younger all the time.

    Pedophiles don't need encouragement from media to rape/molest children, they encourage themselves.

    If you are going to write letters to this company for trying to seduce teens into acting in a more sexual manner you might as well write letters to every company/person who uses a scantily clad, attactive body to sell anything.
    Write Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, etc. and tell them that they are doing a disservice to our teenage girls for acting and dressing the way that they do. But what fun would that be for us? Not much when we post their damn sleazy ass outfits on this board to poke fun at.

    When you all have your own clothing companies you can chose how to model and sell your clothing, and then tell everybody your way is so much better than American Apparel's.

    You can protect your children by advising them against media like this, and you can choose not to buy their product. But to ask a company to change because YOU don't like it is asking a bit much.
    Because after all, some of us DO like it.

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    Who in the hell buys these clothes anyway? It looks like they are cheaper than the stuff you could find at Walmart, just trash.
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    They are, thin, cheap and trashy below K-Mart quality.

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    there are twins on the site posing in extremely icky sexualized ways. i know them. one was a manager and told me that the owner is really skeevy and has at the least, questionable business ethics. it sucks badly, because i really do believe in the sweatshop free labor aspect, but not as a tradeoff for the sickeningly porny ads. plus the vneck track shirt is the greatest thing ever created in my opinion. i have maybe 5 or 6, and it only comes in heather grey.

    but then they also make those leather-looking leggings lindsay lohan wears, so i may boycott for that reason alone.

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    All the models who are also employees are of age but can pass for young teens. I don't care for American Apparel but they are marketing what sells youth and sex.
    I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep.
    That's deep enough. What do you want, an adorable pancreas?---Jean Kerr

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    Someone should tell "Genny" she's nowhere NEAR as cute as she seems to think she is.

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