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Victoria's Secret Show and Tell

It's time to airbrush and retouch the entire window display instead of the just the models at Victoria's Secret.

Enough with the cheesy window displays at Victoria's Secret. I have yet to see anyone who feels comfortable walking by larger-than-life posters of underwear models that seem to mar the walkway like the dark shadow of a downtown peep show. 

I remember covering my son's eyes when he was 6-years-old every time we passed a Victoria's Secret shop. It was easier to block his view than it was to explain thongs and push-up bras. 

I truly wish for the sake of our community's family-friendly reputation, that Victoria's Secret would tone it down. I strongly doubt our sons and daughters need to be educated on "What is Sexy" as defined by Victoria's Secret.

I wonder how moms and dads explain the displays to an inquisitive daughter. I doubt they offer to buy her a pair of cheeky panties or a fun and flirty push-up bra. I also wonder how parents explain the Victorias' Secret magic wand that airbrushes and photoshop fixes its models to proportions that don't actually exist. 

If teen pregnancies and the contraction of venereal diseases could be traced to a specific strong influence of sexual suggestion, I would back Victoria's Secret as the winning horse. I realize there are other influences leading to teen pregnancies and STD's, however, going shopping for underwear shouldn't be one of them.

Sexualized media images can have a gradual effect on young people. 

Dr. J. Patrick Ware, M.D. of Atlanta Family Psychiatry says it’s very similar to experimenting with drugs.

“Most people start small and work themselves up to the heavy stuff. Imagine being 13-years-old and walking through the mall. You pass by the Victoria’s Secret window display, specifically designed to pique the consumer’s interest in sex. Want more? It’s only a click away at home on the computer. Want the real deal? The logical next choice is to seek it out through sexual behavior which is likely to lead to promiscuity and contraction of STD’s.”  

Many adults are put in a socially awkward situation when they pass the window displays at Victoria's Secret.  There's no easy way to ignore the enormity of amazon-sized mannequins in thongs and posters that give Fatheads a whole new meaning. 

The again, maybe it's not awkward--Maybe the power of suggestion is so strong that it compels some people to explore seduction and sex under the ridiculous pretense of shopping.

It would appear that Victoria's Secret wants to impose the power of suggestion upon every man, woman and child who happens by its windows.

Not giving consumers any choice in the matter really tends to get their panties in a wad. 

Steve Phillps May 17, 2011 at 01:08 AM
I respect you comments and opinion but do not agree with them. The United States is formed upon the rights of all people to express themselves and if a company wishes to dress models as such then they have as much right to do so, as you have the right to object. I feel that a good parent is one that can explain to their children at the right time , what they are seeing or being exposed to. We can not shield are children from the reality of the world just as our parents could not shield us.
Kristen Berry May 17, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Steve, you do make a valid point about the US being formed on the rights of everyone being able to express themselves. However, if you take a look back in time at those very same rights as they relate to companies dressing models as they wish, you can't help but notice the gradual infringement upon the respect and dignity for children's sensitivities and lack of sexual comprehension. Children are readily desensitized to constant exposure to sexualized advertising. As a parent, it's extremely difficult to explain to a child or even a teen why desensitization is so very damaging to their development.
Vivian Heard May 18, 2011 at 04:45 PM
Kudos to you, Kristen, for an excellent commentary. I am in total agreement with you.
Kristen Berry May 20, 2011 at 01:54 AM
Vivian, Thank you. Hopefully we'll see some changes through the windows...

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