Urban Outfitters, Eat Less T-shirt

In 2010, the retail chain Urban Outfitters created controversy by selling a t-shirt printed with the words “eat less” on the front. Various news outlets drew attention to the ways the shirt could be seen as promoting anorexia and an unhealthy body image. After media attention, Urban Outfitters stopped selling the shirt.

discussion

What message do you think the words on the shirt send?

What do you notice about the girl wearing the “eat less” shirt? Do you think this affects the shirt’s message, and if so, how?

How are the words on the shirt related to other messages that the media sends about how women’s bodies should look?

Do you think the shirt should have been removed from store shelves? Why or why not?