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DEAR TORRID: A love/hate letter.
Fats: TWO WHOLE CAKES
theoryofgravity wrote in fatshionista
Hi folks! Recently your mods received a missive from Torrid's newish representation on LJ, torrid_inc, asking about promotional opportunities in fatshionista. That's not going to happen, not least because we're trying to be stricter than ever with any kind of promo posting (and any flexibility on the subject historically has only been extended to support small, fat-owned and/or fat-friendly businesses). BUT, it did occur to me that this is a great opportunity to make our multitude of voices and opinions heard to a major US plus-size manufacturer, and to do so in a space and environment controlled by us, and not by some third party organizing a focus group.

So this here is an open letter to Torrid. If you've got a Torrid-related opinion, be it props or grievance, please share it in comments below. This will likely be a crazy jumble of contradictory statements from lots of people, and that's okay. Companies still listen, and as frustrated as we often are by limited or undesireable plus-size "options", this is a chance to speak up. We know Torrid's listening, so let's tell them something.

My contribution is dress-related, unsurprisingly:

Dear Torrid,

I hate your tube dresses and halters and your prints occasionally make me retch. Please bring back appropriately-sized Stop Staring! dresses, or another variety of retro-styled, well-made, predictably-fitting dresses.

Also, please learn from past mistakes and don't ever pull this shit again.

Cheers,
theoryofgravity

PS: Your cardigans are RIDICULOUSLY OVERPRICED.

Your turn.

ETA: To clarify the series of events here - Torrid emails the mods asking to do promotions in fatshionista. The mods say NO. I, individual mod, think that it might be interesting and useful for everyone involved to make a post inviting members to share their feelings about Torrid, since we now know Torrid is taking notice of goings-on in fatshionista. This big SHARING CIRCLE may even have measureable benefits for us as consumers if Torrid sees fit to take our suggestions to heart. Everybody wins.


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I am not arguing against accessibility.

Target settled without admitting any wrong doing.
There was a dollar amount paid out and their site is still not compliant.
That is not the goal.
And quite frankly, millions of people still shop at Target, so they didn't even really get any bad PR. (Outside of people that have a direct interest in accessibility.)
Again, not the goal.

A law has to be for the betterment of disabled people, not so we become an EVEN MORE litigious society.

The hope is that web standards DO become mandatory.
But my only point was saying that they aren't yet.
No law is being broken by Torrid.



I will give you the Target case settlement as an act of arbitration.

HOWEVER my comment stated WCAG and ADA non-compliance, something I still stand by. They are still violating WCAG (I never said WCAG was law, I said they're violating it) and they are still in my and several judge/law-folk's opinions violating title III of the ADA.

And often Litigation results in laws that protect and benefit a group of people. Perhaps the more companies sued under these claims, the more companies will comply appropriately.

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