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HLN reports on one dad's angry activism:

 

 

 

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The new PINK campaign for Victoria's Secret left some parents seeing nothing but red. The "Bright Young Things" collection included underwear with slogans like "Call Me" and "Wild" boldly emblazoned on the crotch and backside. The company pulled the line after an outcry from parents.

Although the company says the line was geared towards college-aged women, many parents said the racy underwear was aimed at teenagers and pre-teens. The campaign prompted one dad, Rev. Evan Dolive, to write a letter to the clothing company.

 

 

Read the story and watch the video here. What do you think? Is Victoria's Secret sending the wrong message to young girls?

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Slightly (but not entirely) unrelated tangent....

I think women are sending the wrong message to young girls. Feminism seems really preoccupied with what won't be tolerated and what we should be saying to young girls and how women should feel, but if I stop to think for a moment, nowhere have I heard men actually say they want this, or things like this. Men couldn't care less what women wear, half the time they think what women wear is stupid, it seems to be women who decide for themselves that this is what is being forced onto them and it is unacceptable. 

Instead of spending energy being upset by things like this, someone should try focusing on asking men what they actually prefer. I think we'd all be surprised. 

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I'm glad the parents took action. And why would anyone with decent self-esteem *care* what someone else thinks she (or even he) should wear. Preteens and teens are still vulnerable to outside messages of self worth, and parents should protect them. And freshman and sophomore college students are still teens, by the way, so saying it was aimed at college students doesn't mean not aimed at teens.
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I don't think that women necessarily buy this stuff because they think it's what men want (nor do I think women should dress to please men anyway). But if people see it everywhere they go, eventually they start to think it's what they want, or what they should want or should buy. It's one thing for an adult woman to decide to wear the racy panties, but if they're being shoved in the faces of tween girls all the time, they start to think this is what they should be doing/wearing. 

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I used to work at VS.  The PINK line has had inappropriate-for-teens slogans across their underwear for years.  The company often does a "free item with any PINK purchase", and once it was a tote bag that said "Save water, shower together".  I made a point of unfolding it and showing it to parents who were purchasing items for their daughters, and not a single parent on my shifts allowed it to go home with them, but there were a lot of unsupervised young teen girls that came in and made the purchases for themselves.  Sigh. 
 

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