Note to the reader: If you don't want to see images of scantily clad women, don't read this post.
Yesterday, as I was mall-walking with my boys in the stroller (yes, we still had temps in the triple digits here this week!), Jeremy said "Yook, Mama!" I looked up to see what was catching his attention, and I saw this huge poster in front of us:
"Oh, no!", I thought.
"What are you looking at?" I asked, hoping that there might be something else.
"Elephant!", he answered. Waaaaaay in the distance, was this adorable lady at the Rainforest Cafe:
"Phew!", I thought to myself. "My innocent boy is still my innocent boy."
It made me wonder, though, how hard it will be for me to raise young men who are respectful of women when society constantly bombards us with sexualized images of women just to sell products. As an experiment, I decided to take pictures during the rest of our mall walk of images that could be seen from outside of the stores we passed.
Also in Guess' window was this gal sprawled out on a bed with mile-high cleavage:
And this image also was at the Guess store of three classy dames throwing themselves ever-so-sultrily at a lollipop sucking dude who could seemingly care less about them, even though he seems to be the center of their universe:
Next on our walk, we encountered these bigger than life floozies at Victoria's Secret. Their message? Wear these underthings and you'll be "Unforgettable" to your man:
Um, newsflash, Victoria! I don't need your little secret to be unforgettable to my man! Ain't that right, baby? ;)
As if Victoria weren't enough, Frederick came from Hollywood to flaunt this business in the face of every passerby:
All I can say is, "For reals, Freddy?" Nothing about that window display even makes me want to walk into the store.
Things got a little tamer when we came upon the Reebok store. Notice, though, the subtlety of this...
A random novelty store had this lovely lady in the window:
Because we all know that the reason we wear a scarf is mainly to be a ta-ta cover.
Finally, we came upon a store called "Perfect Bodies" that sell...well, just read the sign.
I love that the web address at the bottom of the poster is for "lipoexpress.com"
All this to say...Yes, I absolutely will do everything I can to raise my sons to be respectful of all people, to have pure minds, and not to look on women as objects. I'd sure appreciate it if advertising and marketing teams across America would get on board!