If you’ve ever been shopping with a wife or girlfriend, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen the Victoria’s Secret store. Its iconic pastel and hot pink logo is wired into a woman’s brain radar as a go-to place for women’s underwear, along with its always adjacent store Pink. When I was a young girl I’d pass by the store and look at it as just a “store,” I’d only be able to enter when I was older because of the themes of sexy bras and underwear and, when I turned 18, I started going.
On my second most recent trip, I asked an employee why they had the separation of Pink and Victoria’s Secret and if they just sold the same kinds of underwear. “Oh!” she started, “Victoria’s Secret is aimed towards older women in their late teens, twenties and beyond, while Pink is aimed towards younger girls and preteens.” Pink has push-up bras that boost up two cup sizes, thongs, g-strings, cheeksters and just about every type of underwear that would be considered scandalous 60 years ago.
Now, if a 15-year-old puts on a thong is it going to raise STD rates? How about teen pregnancy rates? Will the earth literally explode? It’s not, but it isn’t the overpriced piece of fabric itself, but the inherent culture that comes along with it. Some women may wear thongs for comfort and to avoid panty lines which is all good and fine, except underwear like thongs and g-strings aren’t really advertised for just lounging around the house and doing laundry. If a woman in movies or television is wearing a thong, it’s because they have a matching bra and aren’t planning to keep them on for long, if you catch my drift. The problem isn’t so much that a young girl is wearing thongs, it’s that she felt the need to buy and wear one. Her concern shouldn’t be feeling sexy at 15 years old.
There is a certain level of uncomfortable that has to hit you when you realize that sexy underwear is being targeted towards young girls. But, at the same time, can we really be surprised when we have an entertainment industry hellbent on making scantily clad and sexually “liberated” females the default mode for women?
Going past movies and television characters and focusing on the actresses and artists themselves, how many female celebrities are given positive attention when they advocate for abstinence and modesty in fashion? Not many. Those who don’t seem to fit with Hollywood’s culture of “Do whatever makes you happy,” “You do you, boo” and “What you do doesn’t hurt anyone else” don’t make it in that sleazy business. Traditional values and ideas can’t survive in Hollywood and that’s alarming when you realize they’re the epicenter for American “culture.” Teenage girls are using social media almost as much as the generation before them and if their only choices for role models are Cardi B, Katy Perry and Ariana Grande, we have a bit of a situation on our hands.
Another major problem that stems from the entertainment industry setting the standard for female behavior is that it pushes young girls to want to grow up too fast. I entered my preteens in the early 2010s, around the time where celebrities were able to share anything and everything about themselves, and I mean everything. My peers watched as women in their 20’s would leave little to the imagination and share it for the world to see – and soon, you would see a pattern develop.
Our girls would get insecure and upset at the ages of 11 and 12 because they didn’t look like they were 25. And, once they did develop into young women, they would see the positive (yet, the wrong type) of attention from men that these social celebrities gained, from showing it all, and mimic that behavior. In turn, causing them to objectify themselves before they’re even able to legally vote. Of course, they do this on their free will, but our toxic culture is pushing them in dangerous directions. These teenage girls are wanting to be a 27-year-old degenerate celebrity without being emotionally and mentally ready to carry the responsibilities of being a grown woman.
We need to protect our daughters, sisters and nieces from feeling like getting sensual undergarments from places like Pink is a top priority. It is so easy, especially as a teenage girl, to feel like being revealing and sexy is the only way to feel important and get attention. Remind them that they do not need to compensate their integrity and modesty to be socially accepted and be seen as attractive by less than moral men. Between school, friends, social media and work, teens have less room for family and church. We can’t risk them replacing God with themselves or false idols.
“Any society that derives its power and authority from the will of man alone lives apart from God and will crumble in the end.”Anon
-By Caroline Henderson
Oh, I'm a good old Rebel, now that's just what I am; For this "Fair Land of Freedom" I do not give a damn! I'm glad I fit against it, I only wish we'd won, And I don't want no pardon for anything I done.