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Vogue's Choking Cover Has Advocacy Groups Up In Arms

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Uh oh! Vogue has been very bad!!!

The mag and Conde Nast are feeling the heat from domestic violence and women's rights advocacy groups Vogue Hommes International's latest and risque cover.

Shot by Terry Richardson, the Fall/Winter cover features a sultry Stephanie Seymour being choked by Marlon Teixeira. On the inside, the models get exxxtra handsy, grabbing each other's lady and man parts.

In a letter to Conde Nast, Sanctuary for Families, Safe Horizon, Equality Now, and the New York chapter of NOW demand the magazine cover be pulled from newsstands, adding:

Choking is not a fashion statement, and certainly not something that should be used to sell magazines. This truly disturbing image of a woman being choked sends a dangerous message to anyone who sees this magazine – that choking is a sign of passion rather than of violence.

A 2008 Journal of Emergency Medicine study of murders of women in 11 cities found that 43per cent of women who were killed by intimate partners had experienced at least one previous episode of choking before being killed. That is why, in 2010, New York State made choking a violent felony, and advocates, prosecutors, police officers and survivors throughout the State have embraced the law as a way to save women’s lives.

In New York, your magazine appears on numerous newsstands and has enormous reach with young men and women. While this cover was perhaps intended to shock and thrill potential readers, the truly shocking fact is that it glorifies violence against women as an act of love.

Sad…why can't we just go back to the days of Madonna striking poses?

Do U think this cover is a faux pas???

[Image courtesy of Vogue Hommes International.]

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