The Christian Right Must Have Missed This Online Women’s Clothing Store

There’s an online clothing store called Nasty Gal that sells “unapologetically sexy” fashions for women.

It was brought to my attention recently because they sell articles of clothing with crosses on them. (No, really. That’s why.)

They sell tops with regular crosses, see-through crosses, and upside-down crosses; skirts with multiple crosses; boots with crosses on the sides… there are at least 3983232 forms of blasphemy all over the website (which I’m sure is what everyone cares about).

Some (possibly NSFW) images of these designs are below:

Ok, so here’s my question: Has Nasty Gal faced any backlash from Christian groups for their designs?

Considering how One Million Moms boycotted JCPenney’s for hiring a gay spokesperson, and how the American Family Association boycotted The Gap for not mentioning the word “Christmas” in advertising, this has to be the perfect bait for Christian conservatives, right?

I raised the question to a Nasty Gal spokesperson and she told me (via email): “We sell all of our ‘cross’ items without any complaints.”

I have to believe it’s because the Christian groups are simply unaware of Nasty Gal, not because they’re ok with what the store sells. If there’s one thing conservative Christians love to do, it’s butting into your life and letting you know what you can and cannot do (even when it doesn’t affect them one bit). Telling a company what they shouldn’t be selling seems right up their alley.

But if Nasty Gal has figured out how to sell provocative-yet-kinda-religious apparel to people who want it without upsetting those on the Religious Right, more power to them.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • skizzle

    This is the stereotype coming out of me right now, but I don’t care: gurrrrl, those shirts are hideous.

    • Chiki Li

      Maybe this is my (male) stereotype coming out of me……but, if model number three asked me to but those admittedly hideous shirts, I would reply “Sure, how many should I buy?”

      • Chiki Li

        oops, typo…should read ‘…asked me to *buy*…’

      • skizzle

        I’m male…

    • http://www.facebook.com/Dharmaworks David Benjamin Patton

      As a native speaker – though not with the stereotypical dialect – I got what skizzle was saying the first time. ; )

      • skizzle

        This guy gets it.

  • Edmond

    Groups like One Million Moms may not care what a company like this does or sells, maybe because this is the company’s sole type of product and demographic. I get the impression that what OMM opposes is “family” or mainstream companies which INCLUDE “objectionable” materials/advertising, which might be seen by people who aren’t otherwise looking for this sort of thing.
    Or, I don’t know. Who knows what their motivation is.

  • http://www.sunstonescafe.com/ Paul Sunstone

    I agree. It’s a wonder the Christian groups aren’t cross with Nasty Gals. (Sometimes I just slay myself.)

    • Chiki Li

      Nice pun, reminds me of the story about the priest and the nun driving to church.

      Suddenly the devil pulls up beside them in a giant SUV and runs them into the ditch. The devil jumps out of his SUV and onto the priests car and tries to break in.

      The priest cries out, “Sister! Show him your cross! Show him your cross!” The nun replies, “Cross? I’m f*****g enraged!

    • keynescoase

      I award you one Lol.

    • Roger Peritone

      Screw it…this post is way too old for me to pun on

      • UWIR

        I’m a bit surprised that none of the comments make reference to “cross-dressing”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1304086178 Cyndi Kramer

    I can’t get past the ugly to even address the potential blasphemy….

  • http://www.facebook.com/Blzbob Robert Groves

    OMM would only get upset if a guy was wearing one of those shirts or if two girls were touching. Otherwise, they don’t care.

  • Octoberfurst

    I’m sure the only reason the Religious Right isn’t up in arms over this is because they don’t know about it. Once they get wind of the fact that a company is using images of a cross to sell sexy apparel they’ll go nuts. (FYI–I don’t find the shirts in any of the 3 pics “sexy”. Ugly would be a better word. But that’s just my opinion.)

  • http://twitter.com/SouthHumanist SouthernHumanist

    Now that’s what I call putting the “t” in t-shirt! *rimshot* and groan….

    • http://www.sunstonescafe.com/ Paul Sunstone

      I rate that significantly better than my “cross” pun.

      • http://twitter.com/SouthHumanist SouthernHumanist

        haha! Well, I won’t crucify anyone for a bad pun (yep, I went there)

  • Crystal Carozza

    I know what I am wearing to the Reason Rally this year! Thanks Hemant!

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

    The reason that the religious right hasn’t found out about this site is that it is not on their approved website list. If they were allowed to randomly visit sites, they might be exposed to new ideas or be challenged to defend their views. You can’t pop the bubble, you know. So there is a few sites that they can visit. Mostly sites that they know that they’ll agree with every word before reading the post. A few counter sites, like friendlyatheist, have been grandfathered in, because while these sites proved an alternative view point, conservative christians know that they disagree with every word before they read it. Thus, oddly providing a comforting notion that they have confronted the enemy without really having to think. Anything new might as well be in another universe, because you just can’t get there from here.

  • coyotenose

    These groups are about revenue through outrage. There’s no money in attacking total unknowns. It just confused the gullible base.

  • Ennis Yamaguchi Jones

    As a Christian I am very offended blah blah blah blah……..
    I’m not and I’m not.

  • rlrose328

    I like this one the best: http://www.nastygal.com/clothes-tops/tear-us-apart-muscle-tee
    There are 4 very long pages of both cute and hideous shirts with many more shirts with crosses. Honestly, were I a skinny gal, I’d buy a few, including this one.

    • ibelieveindog

      If I could lose 10 pounds and 20 years, I’d be shopping there. I love the French-cut shorts!

  • Dezzydez

    These shirts would be great for a naughty game of evil atheist corrupting my catholic boyfriend.

    • coyotenose

      I’m going to have a great deal of trouble not imagining that constantly for the next day or so.

      • Dezzydez

        LOL. Am I the only atheist that has played that game with a theist partner?

  • A3Kr0n

    I have a renewed interest in crosses now.

  • Ian Reide

    As soon as I saw nsfw, I clicked the link. haha. Look great. The most positive affect a cross has had on me in my adult life! But just to be scientific for a moment, in south east Asia (where I spend some time these days), it is not uncommon to see a swastika on walls, buildings and such. That is to say Hindu swastikas. Jarring at first, but it highlights the symbol/referent thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/karen.uncoolmom Cary Whitman

    I would comment on this, but I can’t get the image of Mr. Mehta, straight-laced slightly geeky suburban math teacher, dutifully checking out the Nasty Gal website, out of my head.

  • kristen

    Crosses are really trendy right now. It would be really difficult to stage a boycott of all the stores that sell clothes like this. i bet even Forever 21 has something like this. But I see your point.

  • Axat Tech

    Christian groups clothes on sell in very cheap prices. find out that clothing stores


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