Today, as I drove past University Mall in Orem, Utah, I couldn’t help but notice a cluster of what looked like BYU students holding bright, day-glo pink signs advocating a boycott of the Victoria’s Secret lingerie stores. The focus was on sparing our children from having to look at lingerie-clad mannequins and suggestive signs. (I can almost hear Maude Flanders shrieking, “Won’t somebody think of the children!”) You can see their demands on their web site.
I like Victoria’s Secret. They have good products (I have given my wife their bath and body products as gifts, and I understand they make well-fitting bras). But sure, their displays and ads can be on the suggestive side, but then that’s what you would expect from a lingerie store, isn’t it?
So, I don’t really agree with the protesters, though they have a right to fight for what they believe in, I suppose. But in a world plagued by war, poverty, injustice, and inequality, there are so many other things worth fighting for than underwear ads. And, frankly, I can’t imagine getting that riled up about something that is, in the end, relatively trivial.
Seems a waste of youthful energy to me.