Published on The Daily Femme – Thursday, May 26, 2011
Contributed by Annamarya
What would you do if your ex left a treasure trove of his personal effects in the home you once shared? For a 26-year-old Florida woman by the name of “Taylor,” the answer is sell, sell, sell–and sell it sexily on top.
Here’s the story as explained by the New York Post: She broke up with her boyfriend after five years together, kicking him out of their shared living quarters. As he left years-worth of items behind, she decided to purge herself of them by setting up MyExBoyfriendsCloset.com to sell off his possessions for a pretty penny (the current offer on a silver surfer shirt is $1,500). And how is she selling them? By modeling them in her underwear and barely anything else. The point of the skimp? Liberation. According to “Taylor”, her ex preferred she dress conservatively and “didn’t like for me to dress sexy,” she told the Post. ”So now I’m saying, ‘Ha, ha, you don’t have a say-so anymore.’…It’s not about being vindictive…Maybe initially I was getting back at him, but now I don’t feel that way. It’s fun. I find this all to be very therapeutic, very liberating.”
The Consumerist asked its readers to consider if this is a legitimate story or a marketing ploy. The reactions were mixed, with most repondents believing it’s a hoax (one commenter pointed to four other sites hosted under the same IP address, two of which deal with internet advertising and web design, respectively). For me, it’s a toss-up. The proof of other websites hosted under her IP address is faulty at best–we actually don’t know much about Taylor’s life, and it’s quite possible she hosts and maintains these different sites as her job. After all, as she told the Post, she allegedly supported him for five years, and with the bevy of labels (Kenneth Cole, Adidas, Hollister, Marc Ecko), they had to be living comfortably, even if the clothes were purchased at T.J. Maxx. But let’s say this isn’t a marketing scheme. Then I say, good for her. Sure, there may be a legal issue when it comes to selling off his property, even if she bought them as gifts. But if he was controlling of her body, her personal preferences, and her sexuality, what she is doing to gain that control back, to be free of his restrictions and oppression, is far-less threatening and immoral. She is using her body because she wants to feel empowered and that’s only fair. To judge her for it, especially as women, would be no different than her ex-boyfriend forcing her into his image of woman in the face of her personal choices. What do you think?