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Does this promote domestic violence?
Though Seymour doesn’t appear to be in pain, Sanctuary for Families, Safe Horizon, Equality Now, and the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women say the image connotes domestic violence with sex and glamour. The groups have reportedly written a letter to Condé Nast’s chairman and editorial director, blasting them for promoting choking as “a sign of passion rather than violence” and asking that the magazine be pulled from newsstands. They’ve already received some 200 signatures on their online petition on Change.org backing up their request. “Choking is not a fashion statement,” the letter reads, “and certainly not something that should be used to sell magazines.”