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His Point/Her Point: Too much concern over lingerie
by Dawn Brandvold
Aug 12, 2011 | 1201 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Imagine my surprise when I found Kaysville, Utah in the spotlight while on a recent trip to Istanbul, Turkey. The irony of the tempest over a lingerie shop on Main Street was not lost on me. Daily, I passed women in full burka – only their eyes showing in their head-to-toe black covering.

It seems as if women’s attire (and everything underneath) is always up for discussion, interpretation, and outrage. Just last month, Salt Lake City hosted a “Slut Walk” to protest the insensitivity of a Canadian police officer and his “blame the victim” mentality. Now in Kaysville we have a group of concerned citizens who are decrying the display of women’s undergarments in public.

The Pretty You Boutique in Kaysville is hardly a porn shop and compared to the windows at any Victoria’s Secret in any mall nationwide, it is quaintly unprovacative. Even some of the PG-13 movie posters at the neighboring theater are more suggestive. Bras displayed on headless, white mannequins are hardly the stuff of erotica.

There are those who decry any talk of sex education in public schools, stating that such talk is best left to parents. However if these same parents can’t bear the view of women’s lingerie with their children while waiting in line for a movie, it seems doubtful that they can discuss reproduction and human sexuality with any degree of comfort.

It begs the question: Don’t children in Kaysville help with any chores? Have they never seen bras, nightgowns, or panties?

Last week there was a photo from the cover of French Vogue featuring a 10-year-old girl in a manner more suited for a 20-year-old woman’s dress, make up, heels, and pose. That sort of sexualization of a child is wrong. The windows of the Pretty You Boutique are not even in the same category.

Realistically, children viewing the display will barely give a passing glance as they queue up for the latest Hollywood flick. Let’s hope their parents will care just as deeply about the content of the film their kids view as some seem to care about a few gauzy bras in a window.

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