Mom Buys All The Naughty T-Shirts At A PacSun Store To Protect The Children

Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 6.01.16 AMA mom was shopping with her teenage son at a mall in Utah when they passed the window display at a PacSun store. The display featured T-shirts depicting models in various stages of undress, so the mom, Judy Cox (All the super conservative women are blessed with the most deliciously ironic names) did what any mom would do when confronted with semi-naked ladies on clothing, she marched right into the store and demanded that the shirts be removed.

I think this is the part where her poor 18-year-old son walked away in utter humiliation to go enjoy an Orange Julius. The salesperson she confronted informed her that she could not remove the shirts without permission from corporate headquarters, so Cox whipped out her wallet and bought every single shirt she found offensive in the store, to the tune of 567 bucks. She plans on bringing back the shirts before the return policy runs out, but hoarding them until then so no other kids can walk around the town wearing shirts with dirty sluts on them.

From The Daily Mail:

‘These shirts clearly cross a boundary that is continually being pushed on our children in images on the Internet, television and when our families shop in the mall,’ Cox said in an email to The Associated Press.


And looking at the shirts from the PacSun website, I can kinda see her point.

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I don’t think seeing store windows filled with images like these do anything for the self-confidence of young girls and teaching their potential suiters not to objectify them, but I also have a hard time believing these shirts were hot sellers for anyone who isn’t Hunter Moore.

We’ve had this discussion on Mommyish before about T-shirts that are sexist or offensive to women, and I think we all collectively decided that we like men buying these sorts of shirts because it serves as a walking billboard as to what men to stay far away from.

The city where the shirts were being sold, Orem, has the motto “Family City USA.” According to the article:

City code prohibits anyone from putting ‘explicit sexual material’ on public display. The city defines that as ‘any material that appeals to a prurient interest in sex and depicts nudity, actual or simulated sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sadomasochistic abuse.’


I’m not sure T-shirts featuring scantily clad babes falls into this category. My own kid would never wants a shirt like this but if he did I wouldn’t buy him one. Not that there’s anything wrong with hot babes dressing in hot outfits, it’s just I don’t think they’re appropriate attire for wearing in public. If he wanted to hang one on his wall to help him “study” then fine, but even then I don’t think he’d want to hang a shirt in his room, because dumb.

(Images: PacSun)

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  • keelhaulrose

    The best thing this woman could have done for the sale of these shirts is exactly what she did. First, the store is going to record that this shirt is a big seller, and send another shipment, so when she returns them there’s going to be twice the number of them available at least (probably more). Second she put her objections on the internet, which will cause a few people to turn away from PacSun… and more to go rushing to buy these shirts because they didn’t know about the soft-core porn shirts. If PacSun pulls the shirts, it’ll only be after they give the dudebros a chance to run out and stick it to this woman by buying the shirts.
    I get she doesn’t like it, but the internet is a blessing and a curse in these situations. Yes, someone can raise awareness through the internet, but there will always be those who ‘counter-protest’ by giving the business a boost, which hurts your protest in the end.

  • Lackadaisical

    Yes, rather stupid t shirts that I wouldn’t buy for my kids but a huge over reaction. Other than a lot if hassle to the mum and the staff member who has to hang them back on display after she brings them back I am not sure what buying them up achieves. She has given the t shirt company free publicity and made them seem cooler because to teenagers anything a mother like that disapproves of is instantly cooler. I don’t like the t shirts but I would imagine that they flirt with obscenity regulations by keeping just about on the legal side of what is too lewd to be displayed. I wouldn’t ban an adult or a teen who is not my child from wearing them, but I would have no interest in interacting with the wearer and think them a bit of a twit and frustrated letch.

  • Abbe

    I’m gonna sound like my grandma here, but I don’t think anybody should be wearing those shirts. I would hate to be behind a guy in line at the grocery store and have my kids see that. I’m no prude, but those shirts are not appropriate for life outside your house. But I wouldn’t shell out $600 to buy out the store.

    • Eve Vawter

      It’s a teaching moment “See, this is the type of person you don’t want to talk to”

    • daly_beauty

      The thing is, the shame and puritanism regarding sex and nudity in the US creates this climate. My friends and family in Europe don’t understand why t shirts like this are interesting to anyone. Just go to the beach. All the boobs and bodies are there. Nothing to see here, move along.

    • Gretta

      Oh man, and that is one thing we definitely don’t want to do….Baffle the Europeans.

    • Byron

      In the US topless bathing is also in a quasi-illegal zone you see, so they have no normal old school way of obtaining boob-vision.

    • Abbe

      Just because you can deem something (having sex, smoking crack, punching a homeless person in public) as a ‘teachable moment’ doesn’t mean that it should be considered acceptable. My 4-year-old would look at that t-shirt, not say a word, then go home and attempt to copy that pose in the mirror. And I’m not cool that, therefore I don’t live in Europe.

  • daly_beauty

    I wonder what she would have done with the menstruating vagina t shirts that were sold at American Apparel. Also, her name? GOLD.

    • Eve Vawter

      we need to change our names to this

    • Bethany Ramos

      I read it as Judgy Cox, and I like it.

    • Williwaw

      WTF? I think I missed those.

  • Guest

    Considering how strong the Mormon culture is over there I’m a little surprised they’d even sell something like that there. I do agree though, that she is just giving them publicity by doing this. Also, her name + being the most Utah Mom looking Mom that ever Mom’d gave me the giggles.

  • Williwaw

    I think the shirts are somewhat tasteless but not really a big deal – as one European commenter said, you can see all that at the beach. The mean part of me kind of hopes the store will refuse to take the shirts back, though. Then maybe she can hand them out as freebies at a bake sale.

    • StephanieTruth

      Except the girls’ heads are generally omitted? Objectificaaaaaaaation!

  • Kay_Sue

    I read this, and all I got from it is that Judy Cox clearly does not understand how automated inventory and replenishment systems work….

  • Maria Guido

    Those t-shirts are the worst, but does this lady understand that there are more where those came from?

  • Katja Yount

    Pornographic? No. In bad taste? Absolutely. Sexist? You betchya.

  • TwentiSomething Mom

    She should have just complained to corporate HQ and be done with it. Or start a petition. I think buying all the shirts was just an impulsive act because she wanted to deal with the problem RIGHT NOW.

  • Mystik Spiral

    The shirts are stupid, but so is this woman as she seems to have no clue as to how supply and demand works… Dumbass.

  • Lee

    I am giggling over hear picturing the photographer directing the shoot of that lady. “Okay look like you are judging pacsun. That’s good but I need more, really judge them. Narrow your eyes a bit. Now pretend you are smelling something really foul. Great! That’s the one!”.

  • Gretta

    Yuck. What with those shirts?! What is wrong with PacSun?
    Noted. PacSun is a tacky, nasty, classless brand.

    • Jallun-Keatres

      It used to be cool when I was in like 9th grade but then it went to crap around 2005 or so…

    • Gretta

      Maybe it’s a last ditch effort of a dying, has been retailer.

  • pineapplegrasss

    yeah those shirts are so dumb, so what.. Now, they are going to reorder and restock. What is she going to do? Go around town and buy up all of the offensive material? I’d say she should have used it as a teaching tool to talk to that teenage son, but a lady like that prob not

  • Crusty Socks

    Lady appears to be missing the core concept of supply and demand

  • SA

    I don’t understand. She is going to return them before the time runs out, so #1 – the store will order more to sell; and #2 – When she returns them there will be even more so they’ll have to have a sexy shirt sale to get rid of them; so now they are cheaper and more available? On another note….Ew.

  • Lauren_Alli

    Okay, I can agree that these shirts are nasty and pretty sexist and objectifying, etc. However, I feel that to worry about what other people are wearing is a HUGE waste of time. So your kid sees a shirt like this and asks about it? Explain why you think it’s wrong. There are plenty of girls running around in teensy shorts and crop tops in this day and age. As a parent, I won’t let my daughter wear that, and I will tell her that she can’t wear that because it’s trashy and objectifying. I would do the same for my son if he wanted to buy one of these shirts.

  • Byron

    I don’t get the culture of someone who’d waltz into a store and demand they take down their wares. Who the hell do you think you are lady. You don’t control the store and if you’re offended file a complaint with the mall.

    Sheesh, people.

    Also, her son has by age 15 seen way way way worse things than these images above, so this lady lives in fantasy land if she thinks she’s achieving anything by being like that, other than making herself seem ignorant, that is.

  • Snarktopus

    This makes me seethe a little, because now some poor retail drone has to re-do the display when they get more shirts. Way to make more work for the minimum wage earners, bitch.
    Also, while the shirts are gross and I would certainly never buy one, you’re not the clothes police, Mrs. Cox.

  • Jamie-tang

    Well, she showed them didn’t she…

  • Paul White

    Talk about a failure to understand capitalism

  • SarahJesness

    Yeeeeah, it’s not gonna stop kids from buying them. Even if she plans on returning them, the store is still listing them as sold, and they’re going to order more.