Wednesday 13 December 2017

Women boycott Ivanka's fashion products

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Rachael Alexander in New York

Women are boycotting Ivanka Trump's fashion range in protest at her continued support for her father's presidential campaign.

The hashtag #GrabYourWallet has seen women turn against Ivanka after she stood by Donald Trump in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against him and a leaked video, in which he is heard making lewd comments about women.

The campaign was started by Sharon Coulter after she saw the now notorious 2005 'Access Hollywood' tape. The technology specialist, from San Francisco, told the 'Guardian' newspaper that Trump's behaviour had reminded her of her own experience of harassment by a male boss.

"Suddenly he came up behind me and pressed himself right up against me and said 'Why is it you always look so good?' He had a colleague with him and it was so humiliating," Coulter said. "And when I heard Donald Trump talking on that tape, I recognised in his words the same feeling that I had that day - of being nothing more than an object. No matter how smart you are or how hard you work, they can do that to us."

She added: "If Ivanka Trump had distanced herself from the campaign, I would not be boycotting her. But something changed for me when that tape was released."

She decided to call the protest #GrabYourWallet in response to Donald Trump's "grab them by the p***y" boast about women.

Since Coulter started her campaign earlier this month, her posts have been viewed online more than a million times.

Around 50,000 women have contacted her, with thousands backing the boycott of Ivanka's eponymous clothing, accessories and perfume business, which is reportedly worth $100m. They are also calling on US department stores to stop selling the brand, including Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Marcus and Amazon.

Coulter has encouraged women to phone retailers who stock the Ivanka Trump Collection and express their anger. She is also curating a list of shops who sell the fashion line.

Macy's removed Donald Trump's clothing range from sale in 2015 after he was criticised for saying that Mexico was "sending rapists" to the US.

Irish Independent

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