Forever 21 Puts Religion & Hypocrisy Up Front

It’s often said we women are full of contradictions. We can be both Madonna and whore, child and woman, protector and wrathful harbinger of war. Some of us are just crazier than a shit house rat, but most of us are just exercising the right to express ourselves. And although the freedom to change your mind is a precious one worth fighting for, being a hypocrite does not fall under the same righteous protection.

Draped Cross Tee: $14.80

This is where my problem with Forever 21′s religious leanings come into major play. With the Christmas season officially here and the holy holiday fast approaching, Forever 21 has released a brand new batch of religious tees. The family-owned retailer’s religious leanings have been well documented and I have taken issue with their scripture on shirts and messages sent personally from God via burnout tee, but this fresh crop of tops jumped out at me because most of them were either styled with or sold right next to some of Forever 21′s skantiest club wear, on full display for anyone from club rats and good Christian girls to purchase and wear to the New Year parties.

Now, I know people say women can wear whatever they want. Yes, they can.

And just because you’re dressed like a tarted up street walker on Saturday night and grind on a stranger’s bulge to song lyrics that say “you’s a sexy bitch” and “nothing you could compare to your neighborhood hoe” (keep in mind, he’s trying to be respectful here), doesn’t mean you can’t come into church on Sunday morning and sing with the choir about the goodness of the Lord. You can do that, yes.

You can say you follow the holy tenants of the good book and say you abide by its rules and say you have Christ in your heart while you peddle sequin crop tops sold in photos by barely legal looking models. You can say you do all those things. But saying it and not living it also makes you a hypocrite. And saying it and making a hefty profit from it, makes you something worse.

Let’s take a look at some of Forever 21′s most recent religious fashion offerings and put them into a little context.

Do unto others as you would have them do to you.

Do Unto Others Burnout Top: $15.80

OR just

Do What you Want Top: $15.90

It is often said, it is more blessed to give than it is to receive.

Blessed Tee: $15.80

So why don’t you turn around and give us all a little sugar?

Sugar Knit Boyshort: $3.80

Truth Fringed Tee: $17.80

Unless you don’t want it to.

Cropped Fake Tee: $17.80

Be a saint…

Saint Fringe Tee: $15.80

OR be a sparkle tube top sinner.

Crop Sequin Tube Top: $9.80

Sequins Strapless Bandeau: $8.80

Say, “Amen.”

Amen Lace Tee: $14.80

Then show a little skin.

Pray.

Pray Lace Tee: $15.80

Then strap on your sequin booty shorts and party!

Party Girl Crop Tee: $14.80

The only religious themed top I found at Forever 21 which seemed to jive nicely with the rest of the clothes on their site was this eat, drink and be merry top.

Eat Drink Be Merry Tee: $15.80

I’m not a person who condones hypocrisy, but this is a message I can really get behind.

Forever 21, Merry Christmas.

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15 Responses to Forever 21 Puts Religion & Hypocrisy Up Front

  1. Ashley

    They also have a shirt that says “THANK GOD” with a sequin heart as the O.

  2. administrator

    They have A LOT of religious wear. They also have A LOT of crotch shots showing the outline of the vaginal lips of their models. Why does no one else think this is strange?

  3. Val

    Either choose one or another. I feel that maybe they do the religious part to there clothing to justify there clothing.

  4. administrator

    Whatever the motive, it doesn’t feel right. Fine, go ahead and make the back of your “amen” shit see through lace but realize it makes you seem hypocritical or at the very least, confused.

  5. Anne

    I love the way you approached this, because it is so true. I remember in high school one of my friends had a very strict mother who would not even let her shop at stores like H&M. But she said Forever 21 was ok, because they had a Bible verse on the bag and were “Christian”….scary. I feel like if you have to keep telling people how you are a Christian business or make clothing and bags that advertise it, then your actions must not be, or they would speak for themselves.

  6. sea hag

    when has any organized religion not had mixed views on women and controlling of their sexuality?

    also, that shirt looks like it says “the ruth shall set you free” which would be a clever feminist shirt, in a way.

  7. PoloGo

    The important thing to consider for prospective buyers of these garments is whether they can wear the same printed words and thoughts in their hearts. I’ve learned with time that it is a hard thing for many to do…

    By the way- an alternative phrase (with decorum) you could use in your first comment to your article is ‘cleft of Venus’. A suggestion, of course.

  8. Gruber22

    What a ridiculous and forced article. I went to this website which is organized like any Sears or Penneys catalog. It’s fair to say that the overall impression features hundreds of tasteful and relatively mainstream fashions for young women.

    You can find the very few religious tees, widely scattered among hundreds of conservative offerings. they are not placed next to panties or bras.

    This author has worked overtime to force juxtapositions that simply do not exist. If I had any concerns it’s about a writer who creates graphic misrepresentations out of whole cloth (pun and religious implications intended). A pornograpic effort if you ask me.

    Link:
    http://www.forever21.com/Product/Category.aspx?br=f21&category=whatsnew_all&pagesize=100&page=6

  9. administrator

    Gruber – I guess I should have been more clear. Forever 21 also has retail locations around the globe where they sell their religious tees right next to tube tops and cheetah print mini dresses.

    The religious tees, much like the tube tops and cheetah print mini dresses, are not the majority of the clothes sold by Forever 21. The style of clothing offered for purchase is trendy, cheap fashion and club wear with a little side of religious gear thrown into the mix.

    If Forever 21 sold nothing but skank uniforms and religious tees, yes, that would be truly bizarre. And they’d also probably struggle with making money.

    As it is now, they just sell the occasional collection of religious tees along with the rest of their clothes, while allegedly maintaining this strong, deeply held Christian belief system, which is apparently allows them to also sell shirts with the word, “amen” on the front and sexy lace on the back.

    Can you honestly say any church lady would tolerate that top on Sunday morning?

  10. OH EM GEE.

    The first model (and also in that fringed mess) is Nicole, the winner of ANTM Cycle 5.

    Also that Amen top is so appalling that I really want it.

  11. Lou

    I really don’t understand why that sequinned tube top needed to be photographed with a pair of see-through(?) knickers…and I’m not the least bit religious, yet some of those items made me feel queasy.

  12. I’m not a Christian, but I would like to point out that Christ actually didn’t say anything about how being scantily clad was a sin. The closest you get is in Timothy, when Christ supposedly said that he wanted women to dress modestly *in public worship services.* The instructions about modest dress are specifically contained in verses about how worship services should be conducted, and do not apply to personal lives or clothing in a worldly context. Sure, there are controlling, misogynist Christians who claim that showing cleavage/leg is sinful, but there are also those who think it isn’t.

    So actually, I don’t see hypocrisy here. I see misconceptions about Christianity on the part of the blogger.

  13. Kristen

    Just thought I’d mention, the crosses at least have nothing to do with a Forever 21 being religious. Well, maybe a little bit but this style is just really “in” right now, I guess. They’re actually ripping off shirts from urban outfitters and other places.

  14. me

    It’s a clothing store. Calm the fuck down.

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