VICTORIA'S (DIRTY LITTLE) SECRET
By Marsha West
November 30, 2007
The hottest fashion show of the year will bust into living rooms Tuesday, December 4, on CBS. Victoria's Secret Fashion Show "features the most beautiful women in the world wearing the very latest in Victoria's Secret lingerie" boasts CBS's promo. Actually, the models are wearing the very least in lingerie, so be forewarned all you channel surfers. CBS will once again treat the folks at home to an hour of soft-core porn.
Waiting in the wings to strut their bare bodies down the runway is a bevy of high-paid supermodels that include Heidi Klum, Allesandra Ambrosio and Andriana Lima. As before, the director will beseech the models, "Please make it as hot, as up, as sexy, as energetic, and better than you've ever been." Hot, sexy, energetic? Victoria's underwear show isn't shown on the adult channel. It will appear on one of the networks in a time slot when many young people are still up and watching TV. (To watch Extra's sleazy promotion video, click here)
To further spice up the event, the female rock group, the Spice Girls, will be on hand for a special guest appearance. In an article, Where Have All the Little Girls Gone? , Ingrid Schlueter reminds us that "ten years after their peak stardom the fast-aging five are hitting their Botox vials and preparing to leave their children behind for yet another world tour. There's more money to be made off young girls."
Who'd have guessed that models wearing poultry appendages would entice the public to buy millions of pricey bras and sexy sleepwear? A few years ago savvy fashion designers created the line Angels by Victoria's Secret--and paraded the girls down the catwalk wearing little more than gigantic wings and stiletto heals. The line sold like hot cakes.
Victoria's Secret (VS) is the largest American retailer of lingerie with sales surpassing $5 billion. VS has been accused of utilizing soft-core porn on their website and also in catalogues that are regularly mailed to its customers. Take a couple of minutes to browse through Victoria's website and you'll see what all the fuss is about. The ads are explicit, the objective is sexual stimulation. Moral folks will be infuriated by the blatant sexploitation of young girls. The photos are nothing short of kiddie-porn!
For those who can't bear to view the photos, here is some of what you'll find:
Little Things™ -- offers the Sexy little nothings™ panty
Unless you're wearing blinders you cannot avoid Victoria's window displays anymore than you can avoid The Gap or Eddie Bauer. Behind the glass lifelike manikins posed to sexually stimulate are clothed in, well, pretty much nothing. And there's no way shoppers can avoid peek-a-boobs! Just try averting your kiddoes eyes away. Not a chance!
For decades the Hollywood elites have pushed sexual promiscuity on society. So is it any wonder young people are having sex even before they hit their teenage years? We're reading more and more about pre-teens finding themselves pregnant. Case in point. In 2006 a 15-year-old boy impregnated an 11 year old girl from Edinburgh England. The girl lost her virginity when she was drunk with friends. While she was 8 months pregnant the unmanageable pre-teen smoked 20 cigarettes a day and saw nothing wrong with it. The boozing, smoking tween said at the time of the interview "I can't wait to be a mum." When Scottish Conservatives heard the news of the girl's pregnancy they were appalled and spoke out about it. According to the Daily Mail the conservatives, "called for society and families to unite to change attitudes towards sex..."  Not surprisingly, Scottish Liberals had no comment.
Unscrupulous advertising execs target the younger generation, bombarding them with explicit sexual images 24/7. During the so-called "family hour" sexual themes unsuitable for children are shown on TV. Sexual images pop up when kids log on computers, browse through store catalogues or fashion magazines, or visit the local shopping mall. It's everywhere, including billboards, busses, book jackets, body art, t-shirts--you cannot avoid it! In fact, the marketing of evil has become so pervasive in our society that even people of faith are finding it difficult to discern evil from good. Jesus Christ said this to His followers, "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil."
I have 2 words for what liberalism has wrought in America: moral depravity. Here's how Matt Barber describes liberals: "They believe that the only thing objectively immoral is to reckon there are things objectively immoral."
Liberals are so broad-minded that they will tolerate almost any form of sexual expression. If you don't buy into the lie that homosexuality is "normal" and happen to believe it's spiritually and physically harmful, you're considered "unenlightened" and labeled hateful. Religious conservatives who dare complain about removing God from the public square…thhe destruction of the family…the radical homosexual agenda…ab¦abortion on demand… indoctrination of children in government schoolss…and the pornification of our culture are dubbed intolerant bigots.
Sadly, moderation no longer plays a role in the advertising game. It's certainly no "secret" that Victoria takes pride in stripping away all sexual taboos and has nothing but contempt for anyone who tries to rein them in.
In 2002 VS boasted about the "racy makeover" planned for its stores nationwide. The makeover was intended to better align VS with scintillating supermodels like Tyra Banks and Gisele B'dchen who now define the brand. The company has taken a lot of heat for that decision. In 2002 the FCC received over 7,000 viewer complaints when CBS aired Victoria's Secret Lingerie Show in prime time. (It was patently offensive and unsuitable for children to watch.) Jan LaRue, Concerned Women for America's Chief Counsel, called the program a "high-tech striptease."
In 2005 the grand opening of the Victoria's Secret store in Tyson's Corner, Virginia caught the attention of shoppers when the store featured their "Dirty Little Secrets" line. Shoppers were shocked to see scantily clad manikins in poses suggestive of lesbianism and sadomasochism. A group of unhappy parents protested loudly prompting store management to tone down the display.
A few months ago VS released their holiday pornologue. After conservative talk radio hosts like Laura Ingraham alerted listeners to what postal carriers were delivering to millions of homes across America, concerned parents intercepted the mail to keep the kids from seeing young women clad in very sexy panties, but little else.
In order to make big bucks on their lingerie, clothing, shoes and gift items, VS launched its PINK-- line to college students, however the clothes also appeal to teens and tweens. (PINK-- is a $1 billion brand.) Students can purchase whatever their hearts desire in every shade of pink, to include the classic thong that comes in "100 playful prints and colors" with catchy slogans like, "Pink Party Girl" "Kiss Me at Midnight" "Keep Me Warm" and "Hit the Road."
You say, "Other than the girl wearing the thong, no one actually sees the "catchy" slogan, right?" Wrong. Pedophiles visiting Victoria's website are free to ogle a teenage girl adorned in a black "Kiss Me at Midnight" thong. Just a few clicks of the mouse and bingo! Kiddie porn. Child molesters must think they've died and gone to My PINK Heaven!
It's certainly possible that VS employs females over the age of 18 to pose for its pornologues. However, some of the girls featured on the website could easily pass for 12 or 13 year olds. Any moron can see that Victoria's aim is to promote its racy underwear line to tweens and teens who want to look like a supermodel! Which makes one wonder, are Naomi and Gisele so dense that they don't "get" that girls try to emulate them? And incidentally, if the pornologue models are indeed teenage girls, then their parents have mush for brains for allowing their precious daughters to don risqu-- underwear (and in some cases, only underwear) and strike a sexy pose that is sure to attract males of all ages, including sexual deviants! Is this not obvious?
Now bear in mind that when young girls look at the ads they say to themselves, "Everyone's doing it!" Since it's important for teens to fit in (no pun intended) they badger their parents to buy them "what all the other kids are wearing." And countless moms and dads acquiesce!
I realize that some parents don't shop at the mall and wouldn't allow their youngsters within 10 miles of a mall. However, it seems that parents who sincerely want to protect their kids from sleaze are few and far between. I mean, someone's buying "Extreme sexy low rider hipster" undies for their daughters because most teens don't have credit cards! What's up with moms and dads who are willing to support unprincipled clothing manufacturers that brag to the media how they're planning a "racy makeover" of their stores? One can only wonder what these sleazebags have in store for the future generation. Perhaps their next line will feature sequined bullwhip handles and platinum shackles!
VS designers must lay awake at night brainstorming ways to boost sales. Which brings me to padded jeans. Some genius dreamed up jeans that have a "built-in powernet mesh panel that lifts from the inside…aand gently firms your silhouette." In other words, jeans that boost the bottom! Countless morally challenged marketers have no problem pimping their off- the-wall products to adolescents. If left unrestrained, they'll persevere until all moral restraints have disappeared.
How do we put a stop to the madness, you ask? It's easy. Clothing manufacturers are in business to make a profit. The lines that fail to sell are dropped faster than the hoop skirt fashion. When parents stop spending their cash on sexy garb for their daughters, fashion designers will go back to the drawing board until they come up with a new clothing trend that's a hit with shoppers.
And so, for the sake of our younger generation, moms and dads have got to stop shopping in stores like Victoria's Secret that seems hell bent on oversexualizing children.
One last comment. If you're in the business of designing, marketing or selling consumer products, carefully consider the affect your product could have on kids. In case you haven't noticed, trashy fashions designed to sexualize little girls are turning them into small-fry sexpots! And you, my friend, aren't around to pick up the pieces when 11 year olds become pregnant.
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Marsha West is the Founder and Editor of the E-Mail Brigade News Report, an online news report for conservative people of faith. Marsha is a freelance writer specializing in Christian worldview. She is a regular contributor to NewsWithViews.com, Alainsnewsletter.com, CapitolHillCoffeeHouse.com, plus her commentaries appear in MichNews.com and bibleteacher.org.
is also designer and webmaster of a Christian apologetics website, On
Solid Rock Resources. She is currently writing a series of children's
books for homeschoolers. Marsha and her husband reside in historic Jacksonville
How do we put a stop to the madness, you ask? It's easy. Clothing manufacturers are in business to make a profit. The lines that fail to sell are dropped faster than the hoop skirt fashion.