The CEO of activist clothes line Feminist Apparel fired his total staff after they discovered he was an admitted sexual abuser, in response to a report.
Alan Martofel — whose Philadelphia-based agency hawks T-shirts that proclaim, “Misogyny kills” and “Don’t inform me to smile” — admitted to forcing an unconscious girl to the touch his genitals and different inappropriate intercourse acts in a social media submit, in response to refinery29.com.
“[It’s] poisonous masculinity at its f–king best,” fumed Rebecca Inexperienced, the corporate’s artwork director — who was canned after discovering her boss’ indiscretions. “I really feel righteous and offended.”
Martofel made the admission on his private Fb web page, recalling particular instances he had sexually abused ladies, the web site reported.
“I’m somebody who’s responsible of it. I’ve grinded up on ladies on buses and at live shows with out their consent. I’ve made out with ‘the drunk chick’ at a celebration as a result of it was simpler. I’ve put a lady’s hand on my d–okay whereas she was sleeping,” Martofel admitted within the October 2013 submit.
He claimed to be a recovering abuser and stated that launching the feminist agency was a “humble try” to “remedy” the issue.
However the admission got here again to hang-out him final month when Feminist Apparel was tagged in a submit accusing him of rape — and staffers realized the true origin story of the corporate.
“This was a spot that claimed to be moral and feminist,” Ryker Fry, the corporate’s now-fired workplace and HR supervisor, advised Refinery29. “It was so exhausting to listen to that Alan had carried out these issues and hidden them from us, as a result of that meant that we had been working for an abuser who was taking cash from abuse victims.”
When staffers confronted him about it, he at first agreed to step down, saying he thought-about himself “a legal responsibility to the corporate,” staffers advised the positioning.
However on July 1, all 9 workers acquired an e mail notifying them they had been fired.
“Because of transitions the corporate is at the moment enterprise, I remorse to tell you…you might be now not employed by Feminist Apparel,” the e-mail stated.
Martofel defended the submit on an organization weblog, saying he selected to overtly share his previous.
“This was not a personal message somebody dug up. This was one thing I went out of my approach to share with my group on the time as a way to spark dialogue across the adverse affect of poisonous masculinity,” he wrote. “I acknowledged my wrongdoing and dedicated myself to work inside this motion.”
“I used to be made conscious that [staffers] unequivocally, don’t share my views on both enterprise or feminism,” he wrote.
Different feminist-slogan T-shirts bought by the agency embrace phrases corresponding to “Trans rights are human rights” and “Pizza rolls — not gender roles.”