A petition against Gap-owned retailer Old Navy is calling the store out for its prices on plus-size clothing, which costs more than its size 0-14 garments.
The petition, started by Renee Posey of Randolph, Massachusetts, states that the retailer’s prices for men’s plus-size clothing are the same as its smaller sizes, but the women’s plus-sized jeans cost more.
“I was fine paying the extra money as a plus-sized woman, because, you know, more fabric equals higher cost of manufacture,” the petition reads. “However, selling jeans to larger-sized men at the same cost as they sell to smaller men not only negates the cost of manufacture argument, but indicates that Old Navy is participating in both sexism and sizeism, directed only at women.”
The website shows some styles that differ in price between regular and plus sizing, while others, such as The Boyfriend Straight Jeans, are priced the same.
The petition, which has gained more than 20,000 supporters so far, only needs 5,000 more to meet its goal.
On the petition page, Posey posted a statement from Old Navy that reads: “Old Navy is proud to offer styles and apparel designed specifically for our plus-size female customer, which includes curve-enhancing and curve-flattering elements such as four-way stretch materials and contoured waistbands, which most men’s garments do not include.”
Plus-size representation has had major presence in the news this year, with Calvin Klein’s controversy over a “plus-size” model that didn’t quite fit expectations and bloggers rallying against retailers openly who don’t carry anything over a 12. Terms like fatshion have even sprung up to describe plus-size women that embrace fashion trends, and products like the Fatkini have had major success.