Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Victoria's Got a Slightly Kinky Secret

(Link) When a Victoria's Secret store display featured frolicking lesbian mannequins, Virginia's Traditional Values Coalition went into smut-busting action! Quoth Kate Kendall, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights: “If I spent as much time thinking about lesbian sex as they do, I wouldn’t have time to do my real job."

3 comments:

LNewsEditor said...

JIC Post:
By Dyana Bagby
Washington Post

T’S NO SECRET that Victoria’s Secret sells sexy lingerie. But for one anti-gay group, a recent Victoria’s Secret window display at a Virginia mall was too much.

The display, which promoted the company’s “Backstage Sexy” campaign that includes some 1,000 Victoria’s Secret retail outlets, crossed the line into promoting sadomasochistic sex and lesbianism, according to the Traditional Values Coalition.

The group’s executive director, Andrea Lafferty, organized a protest last month against the then yet-to-be-opened Victoria’s Secret at Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Va. Lafferty wants the retail outlet to guarantee it “will not display pornographic S&M or lesbian themes in their stores in the future,” according to a news release posted on the group’s Web site.

Some 30 women carrying signs with phrases including “No Bucks for Victoria’s Smut” protested in front of the store last month, the start of a TVC boycott.

Lafferty was unavailable for comment this week, according to an office administrator.

“If I spent as much time thinking about lesbian sex as they do, I wouldn’t have time to do my real job,” said Kate Kendall, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “This would be laughable and be nothing but entertainment, but these folks have the resources to do real damage to GLBT people.”

THE DISPLAY IN THE crosshairs of the TVC included two scantily clad lifelike female mannequins spooning in bed together and another scene in which a mannequin was crawling toward another scantily-clad mannequin. Lafferty snapped photos and posted them on the group’s Web site.

Victoria’s Secret agreed to change the display after discussions with Tysons Corner Center management. Victoria’s Secret is owned by Columbus, Ohio-based Limited Brands, Inc.

“After hearing from our customers, Tysons’ mall management had extensive communications with senior management at the Limited Brands,” property manager Kathy Hannon told the Washington Post. “ Victoria’s Secret has responded with significant revisions in the placement and positioning of its mannequins, both window and in-store displays.”

Hannon did not return calls for comment from this newspaper this week.

Limited Brands said its “Backstage Sexy” marketing campaign promotes only the products it sells.

“All we were promoting was our product, lingerie, in a fashionable, sexy way,” said Anthony Hebron, a company spokesperson.

Hebron said the display targeted by Traditional Values Coalition was part of a “soft opening” at the Tysons Corner store in which employees were exploring different marketing ideas with the window display. The display was changed for the store’s Oct. 7 opening, he said.

The revised display eliminated the two female figures lying together and replaced it with a single mannequin sitting with legs crossed, according to the Associated Press. The mannequin on hands and knees, crawling toward another female figure, was also removed, according to the AP.

Abercrombie & Fitch came similar attack in 2003 when TVC and other conservative groups orchestrated a nationwide boycott against the clothing company for a catalogue featuring photos taken by noted photographer Bruce Weber.

A&F stopped publishing the catalogue after the complaints surfaced.

badphairy said...

If lesbians spent as much time fantasizing about lesbian sex, they could possibly get jobs at Vicky's Secret. Seriously, I think we spend less time thinking about lesbian sex than anyone else on the planet (possibly excluding gay males). Straight men think about it all the time, straight women threaten to defect if they don't get their way.

Given the last two years, I'd say lesbian sex is greatly overrated.

LNewsEditor said...

Aww, is a certain phairy suffering from Poontang Deficit Disorder? Buy yourself some sexy skivvies at Victoria's Secret and you can hit on the mannequins all night.