In the magazine’s July 2015 cover feature, the supermodel publicly acknowledges being in a relationship with a woman for the first time (despite being tied to actress Michelle Rodriguez in the past) — but the author dismisses her statement almost totally.
“Her parents seem to think girls are just a phase for Cara, and they may be correct,” Rob Haskell wrote, segueing into a blurb Delevingne told about having sexual dreams about men.
Later in the piece, Haskell wrote, “When I suggest to Cara that to trust a man, she might have to revise an old and stubborn idea of hers — that women are perennially troubled and therefore only women will accept her — her smile says she concedes the point.”
A man being dismissive of a woman’s self-declared sexuality? Really? We’re not the only ones who found this incredibly patronizing. A petition has been started demanding that Vogue editor Anna Wintour apologize for running the article, and it has already garnered over 13,000 signatures.
“The idea that queer women only form relationships with other women as a result of childhood trauma is a harmful (and false) stereotype that lesbian and bisexual women have been combating for decades,” said Care2 user Julie Rodriguez, who started the petition. “How could Vogue‘s editorial staff greenlight this article and publish it without anyone raising concerns about this dismissive and demeaning language?
“As a bisexual woman myself, I’ve experienced hurtful comments like this many times. People are quick to assume queer women’s identities are a ‘phase’ and to refuse to recognize the important relationships in their lives,” she said.
Neither Delevingne nor Wintour have commented on the petition.