04
Dec
08

soft porn

The Victoria Secret Fashion Show was on last night.  I didn’t watch it.  The other night my husband and I were watching a show, late night on cable, when the ad for this year’s undie extravaganza came on.  I was struck by how silly it was, women in wings and jewel incrusted bras.  Then at the end of the ad was the fact it was on a network in prime time.  It blew me away.  Really?  An hour of women in their underwear blowing kisses and winking at the camera in prime time?  It was rated TV14.   My boy is not 14, but I can’t imagine thinking it would be ok for him to watch it if he was. 

I’ll admit I’m a feminist, but I’m not a prude.  I’m a big fan of sex.  But, let’s call things as they are.  This was no fashion show.  This wasn’t about seeing the next new innovation in lift and support in undergarments.  Seriously, how many people do you know that are going to go out and buy a bra with Swarovski crystals?  How many people do you know that wear wings?  Ok, there was that guy at the club one night in a red leather skirt and wings, but you know what I mean.

We use sex to sell everything and that certainly is easy to do when you are selling lingerie.  This just seems to be an entire other level.  Yes, I know they have been doing this show for years and certainly this isn’t something new under the sun.  Still what message does this send about us and to us?   How many pubescent boys watched this and took away the message that that is what women are?  Not only that women should look like that, skinny bodies and voluptuous breast, but that they are there to be looked at like any object and desired for their appearance alone.

More than the effect it has on boys, I worry about the effect that it has on girls.  How do these so called “angels” effect the little girl, the angel on the Salvation Army angel tree?  How does the little girl whose information I hold in my hand that tells me she is 12 and tells me that she wears sizes that make me think she is not skinny, reconcile the message that she is being sent?  She is being shown that the standard for beauty is tall and skinny and pale and that beauty is equated to sex.  She is being told that it glamorous and wonderful to have people look at you and find you beautiful.  She is being told that that is a way to be successful.  Will the other examples and influences in her life be enough to counterbalance that?

 

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