Here I was the other morning doing my exercises with the TV on to keep me company. Usually it’s just there for background noise and I only pay attention to the weather and a story that might really be of relevance, but that morning I had to stop halfway through a sit-up in disbelief. They were featuring a story about busty mannequins. I mean really Dolly-Parton-type busty mannequins that are all the rage in Miami, New York, LA, and apparently coming to a mall near us all soon.
My first thought was how stupid to consider this a newsworthy story. Who cares about busty mannequins? Then the reporter did a “man on the street” segment. He interviewed a woman who was commenting about how unrealistic the mannequins are and questioning what kind of message that sends to women. While she spoke, a man with her ogled the mannequin in the window, so I thought, okay. Some people do care, but for all the wrong reasons.
Throughout the rest of the story the camera showed these mannequins in various store windows and they were all posed like they were ready for Playboy shots, only with clothes on. Although some barely had clothes on.
Retailers were interviewed and commented about how sales have risen since they started featuring these buxom beauties in store windows.
Throughout the whole segment, there was only one brief mention of this perhaps not being in the best interest of social mores. The rest of the story had an air of “isn’t this just too cute,” and I wanted to puke.
Where was the outrage? Was I a solitary protester as I contemplated throwing the hand-weight at the television?
I watched the papers for the next couple of days, hoping for a scathing commentary by one of the nation’s columnist. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.
So I hereby go on record with a scathing commentary.
The woman who designed this new approach to retail display ought to be drawn and quartered.
The people who think it is all just so funny should also suffer some terrible punishment.
Folks who don’t think this type of sexually explicit material is not harmful to young people need to get their heads out of whatever cloud they are in.
And women everywhere should be outraged that our bodies have been used to sell merchandise for years.
Does any one else hate Victoria’s Secret?