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The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on CBS

By Caroline Schulenburg

 

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show has once again managed to deliver some of the most demeaning and pointless holiday programming imaginable. Degrading imagery, themes of bondage, nods to voyeurism and fantasies of teenage girls dominate this tasteless production. It aired December 5th on CBS.

 

The show opens with Justin Timberlake performing his hit song "Sexyback," while women dance seductively in boxes that form the backdrop for the peep show to come. 

 

While preparing for the runway, a model wearing a leather dog collar with a large ring dangling from it frets about the possible mishaps that could occur while she is parading around wearing only her underwear. Meanwhile onstage, a model stomps down the runway wearing a large key around her neck. On her underpants, a padlock has been embroidered in sequins. Throughout the entire first segment models parade around wearing the same lingerie the store carries throughout the year but covered by strange overlays constructed of metal, chains and straps.

 

Officially, the Victoria's Secret's ‘Pink' line is geared towards young women between the ages of 18 and 22. However, the segment that showcases it looks as though it is intended for girls who have yet to get their drivers licenses. On the runway, models are dressed as not-so-subtle tributes to the kinds of dates a teenager would go on. One model is dressed as a box of popcorn and carries a bottle of soda while another model has what looks like a picnic blanket tied to her lingerie. It also pays homage to a teenager's hobbies and ambitions. One model is dressed as a cheerleader while another carries a glittery electric guitar. To top off the segment, a model dressed in graduation regalia struts down the runway to illustrate the rite de passage of every high-schooler.

 

So many negative images of women are offered up to audiences every day. It's far easier to cause a sensation by letting women be depicted as objects all in the name of innocent fun than to consider the greater good of society and the women who make up more than half of it. For continuing to assume that these are the images American's want to be fed the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is our Worst of the Week.


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