Should I shop at Urban Outfitters?

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Hey guys, a while ago I saw this whole thing blow up following Urban Outfitters releasing these two tops which glamourise mental illnesses like depression and anorexia, and ever since I've not stepped foot in a store.
  Is this an acceptable thing to do or am I overreacting? 
I spoke to a friend about it and she called me silly for not shopping in a place because of what they once sold or tried to sell, but shouldn't you be happy with the products you're buying and the views of the owners in what they think is acceptable to put on the market? 
I believe that trying to sell these products is awful, it's glamorising things that shouldn't be glamourised. Look at the eat less top, it's modeled by a rather skinny looking model, is that to change someone's idea of perfection and make them buy the top so they're reminded to eat less? The depression top pinpoints the fact that the world is full of depression, it makes it bold and makes it stand out but making a top with it on makes it an acceptable thing, making people want to have depression to 'fit in'. 
In my eyes these tops are like handing a suicidal person a loaded gun, they're something that shouldn't be introduced into society as more people will be introduced to mental illnesses due to shops glorifying them.
I made a stand against the glorification of mental illnesses by not shopping in places that glorify them, but is that completely possible? All shops use skinny models, a person's idea of perfection, what they strive to look like, so is it really possible to escape this glorification?
I feel like in this day and age, the only thing that matters to people is appearance, if you don't like the look of something you're less likely to like it, which is sad because beauty isn't always on the outside and today everyone tries to cover the real them to be this model of true perfection.
Although Urban Outfitters isn't the only shop that glorifies this perfection, it's the worst I've seen. 
What do you think on the idea of perfection and shops glorifying it?

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  1. Completely understand why you avoided them in the first place, but again completely agree with how hard it is to avoid all as nearly all shops advertise with the most smallest of models! I'm really unsure on the final answer of whether you should! Sorry if this didn't help, just here to say I agree!

    Amy X
    www.atouchofpastels.blogspot.com

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    1. thanks for your comments! it's such a hard issue to discuss but I was so disgusted when I saw these items for sale x

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  2. Shops should not be selling clothes like these! Many people have eating disorders and eating disorders are really serious problems. I also think stores shouldnt edit their models. Nobody is perfect!

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    1. I completely agree with everything you've said - editing models is awful and it doesn't show what clothes truly look like x

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  3. wow, I can't believe anyone would think of designing these.
    What bad taste! x

    www.ambellia.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I was shocked - it's disturbing to think someone would try to sell these x

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  4. I think you're right for standing by your opinions and morals and not shopping anywhere you aren't comfortable with, good for you x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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    1. Thankyou! I'm just not impressed with the idea of glamourising mental disorders x

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  5. I can completely see where you are coming from. These t-shirts are awful. I don't see how they are allowed to sell them x

    Mapped Out | Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle

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    1. I thought there would've been laws or something against it! x

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  6. You're right. They're disgusting. This and the fact that they steal peoples artwork to create their horrible overpriced products made me stop shopping there. I don't even like to go in anymore. It's sad how we've grown up in this world with a stupid idea of 'perfection' but I think it's getting better... I've noticed a lot more body loving articles/posts around the internet lately and they always bring a smile to my face!

    Amy x
    Everything and Amy

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    1. I dislike Urban Outfitters because of their high prices, I never knew they stole people's artwork?! That's even worse! Society is ruined and the idea of perfection is everywhere but there isn't true perfection as everyone is unique! They always bring a smile to my face too :) x

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  7. Personally I find the eat less shirt horrifying and would personally never wear, buy or condone the purchase of this top. However that is just my opinion. The only thing you can do is what you feel is right. If you don't like the message the a store/brand is putting out and decide not to shop there it's not silly it's making a statement. Even if it's just a statement for yourself and that, that view point is not something you support....if that makes sense..
    emmasbeginning.blogspot.com

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    1. That makes loads of sense! :) I completely agree with you, I'm disgusted by Urban Outfitters on this and many other matters x

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  8. I saw this on Twitter and couldn't believe an established retail brand (well, any with common decency really) would sell these. There's slogan tees and then there's tasteless tees like those above. I'd be horrified if I saw these in store! Like you, I'd think twice about shopping at UO from now on. Interesting post :)

    Danielle · danielletc.com

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    1. I can't believe they made it to the shop floor! Imagine how many people approved the designs, it's horrifying to think about! Thanks for your views x

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  9. I never even knew they sold these :o
    I'm not one for normally getting involved with this kind of stuff because I know eating disorders etc are quite a touchy subject and defiantly something that should be handled delicately but honestly since when is putting something like that on a t-shirt considered fashionable?. It doesn't just promote this sort of thing but seriously how do they think it makes people feel who actually suffer from depression ? I'm pretty disgusted to say the least. Urban Outfitters is a shop I adore but I'm pretty shocked . Its not even the fact that UO stocked these that annoy me - its the fact that there IS young teen girls who will actually wear these and think they are 'hipster'. I can already think of a few girls in my school who would happily wear these and think they look amazing.

    Cait || http://caitrionatighe.blogspot.ie/

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    1. I absolutely agree with you on the fact that young girls will think they're 'hipster'/fashionable for wearing them, I can think of a few too! It promotes the wrong image completely, I just can't believe they made it to the shop floor, after being approved by numerous people x

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  10. Woah, what the heck. Thats a little out of order of them.
    I don't even know what to say, but I agree with you for boycotting them!
    Interesting post!

    Best wishes, Danielle.
    http://www.underlandtowonderland.blogspot.com

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