A 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.
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.