New York: Women’s Rights Groups Protest Strangulation on Vogue Cover
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 2:10 PM

Four domestic violence and women’s rights organizations sent a letter to Conde Nast, the publisher of Vogue Hommes asking that the most recent issue of the magazine be removed from New York newsstands immediately because of a cover photo of a female model being choked by a male model. The letter accused the “‘disturbing image’ of ‘glorifying violence against women as an act of love.’”

The letter stated that “A 2008 Journal of Emergency Medicine study of murders of women in 11 cities found that 43 per cent of women who were killed by intimate partners had experienced at least one previous episode of choking before being killed.” For this reason, the letter stated, New York made choking a violent felony in 2010. The letter also asked Conde Nast not to use these types of violent images in the future. The four organizations that sent the letter are Sanctuary for Families, Safe Horizon, Equality Now and the New York chapter of NOW.

Compiled from: Fleming, Olivia, Is domestic violence in Vogue? Anger over 'choking' cover featuring Stephanie Seymour, MailOnline (September 18, 2012).