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‘No Fats, No Fems’ shirt causes backlash for retailer

The phrase is a common tagline on gay dating apps.

 

Nia Wesley

IRL

Published Apr 27, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 9:17 pm CDT

An online retailer is stirring controversy with a tank top. 

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The cutoff T-shirt reading “No Fats, No Fems” has prompted the online LGBTQ community to address slang in its culture that’s been labeled common, yet discriminatory.

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The saying is a popular tagline on gay dating apps like Grindr—a no to guys who are feminine or without muscular builds. Marek + Richard, an online clothing store marketed to gay men, labeled the tank as satire in its descriptor after receiving backlash on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/DawsonL7/status/725424597638742016

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The controversy has brought up longtime issues of body image in the gay community. As reported by Mic, a 2012 study showed that gay men have more pressures to be fit than straight men. 

The company hasn’t released an official statement in response to the controversy. 

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*First Published: Apr 27, 2016, 10:07 pm CDT