Fashion bible Vogue is in hot water after publishing a feature about model Cara Delevingne which suggested her attraction to women (she is currently dating Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent) might be “just a phase.”
In the profile, Rob Haskell wrote:
Cara says she felt confused by her sexuality as a child, and the possibility of being gay frightened her... Her parents seem to think girls are just a phase for Cara, and they may be correct. “Women are what completely inspire me, and they have also been my downfall. I have only been hurt by women, my mother first of all...
When I suggest to Cara that to trust a man, she might have to revise an old and stubborn idea of hers — that women are perennially troubled and therefore only women will accept her — her smile says she concedes the point.
Now, a Care2 petition is demanding that Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour issue an official apology to the LGBT community for what the petition’s author Julie Rodriguez deems is an “insensitive and offensive” interview.
“The idea that queer women only form relationships with other women as a result of childhood trauma is a harmful (and false) stereotype that lesbian and bisexual women have been combating for decades,” Rodriguez wrote. “How could Vogue’s editorial staff greenlight this article and publish it without anyone raising concerns about this dismissive and demeaning language?”
As of Thursday afternoon, the petition had received 13,121 of the 14,000 requested signatures. What will happen when it gets all 14,000 is not immediately clear.
“People are quick to assume queer women’s identities are a ‘phase’ and to refuse to recognize the important relationships in their lives,” she continued. “Vogue should have taken this opportunity to combat negative stereotypes, not reinforce them.”
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