Target: Vogue Hommes International
Goal: Apologize for cover which promotes domestic violence
Recently, Vogue Hommes International released the fall-winter edition of its magazine. On the cover of this magazine is model Stephanie Seymour with a male model. The picture shows the male model choking and groping Seymour. The picture shows a scene which is reminiscent of domestic violence, yet it is glamorized and used to sell the magazine.
Domestic violence is a serious problem that affects women around the world. One in three women around the world has been a victim of abuse. Glamorizing violence will only make the problem worse. The male readers of the magazine will see this sort of violence as normal behavior towards women. This cover shows an image of forced sexual contact, a dramatic form of abuse. According to domestic violence and women’s rights organizations, the cover “sends a dangerous message to anyone who sees this magazine – that choking is a sign of passion rather than of violence. Choking is not a fashion statement, and certainly not something that should be used to sell magazines.”
Vogue is a well-known magazine, and as such, has a responsibility to its readers. Part of this responsibility is to show the truth about issues that affect both women and men, instead of glamorizing them and hiding the harsh reality of these issues. Vogue needs to apologize for this cover and remind their readers of the real danger of domestic violence.
Dear Vogue Hommes International,
Recently, you released an issue of your magazine that featured a scene of domestic violence on the cover. Supermodel Stephanie Seymour is shown choked and groped by a male model. Choking is a disturbing and violent act which is representative of a real danger to people across the world.
I ask you to apologize to your readers for this cover. Domestic violence is an issue that many people face. Glamorizing it with images such as this cover will encourage your readers to believe violence is normal, and they will be less inclined to seek help when they are abusers or victims. You have a responsibility to your readers to educate them on the dangers of domestic violence and abuse, instead of glamorizing it and hiding the truth.
[Your Name Here]