Victoria’s Secret Misogyny


I should probably preface this with a warning. I am cranky – full-blown, PMS cranky – so this may come across as sounding a bit bitter and cynical.

Wait…that’s not because I’m cranky; it’s because I am bitter and cynical.

I just finished watching the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. I feel like I need to be dipped in a vat of boiling Clorox.

When did this happen? Is this the first time this has aired? Was there some sort of demand for this? Did any of you see it???

Well, in case you were wondering, it was awful. Don Draper meets the porn industry awful. It was a parade of emaciated, six-foot tall models walking down a catwalk 93% naked with things like big fluffy angel wings or metallic tail feathers attached to them.

There were a few musical acts during the extravaganza. One can only assume they were there to lend an air of legitimacy to the show.

FAIL.

FTR, the shots of a pregnant Beyonce beaming at her husband as he performed with Kanye West didn’t help, either.

Going into and coming out of commercial breaks, they would show little ‘behind-the-scenes’ snippets of the models talking about themselves, their interests and their fellow models’ interests. AS IF ANYONE CARES. They sounded like a pack of idiots. Also, I’m pretty sure their ‘interests’ were written for them. For instance, one of the models was described as being a boxer in her spare time.

Please.

Another model was described as being ‘soooo smart’.

That one may have been true, because she put a pair of black glasses on in the dreamy camera shot of her they flashed to immediately after the statement was made.

Ugh.

During the entire broadcast, I was making snide remarks. Out loud. By myself.

I think I may have hit a new low.

At the risk of sounding like a cranky, old stick-in-the-mud, when did we skid back to 1972? Seriously. Gloria Steinam devoted her entire life to making sure women were seen as something more than pretty faces attached to a nice rack and a round ass…and this is the best we can do?

Before tonight, I used to watch Mad Men and cringe at the thought of women being treated as though they were less than human. Tonight, Victoria’s Secret elbowed the world, winked and let it know that they’re on board with Don Draper.

The show was obviously targeted to men, which makes me kind of wonder why so many of us expend so much energy trying to snare a man. I mean, honestly? What are we thinking?

OK, I’m going to go pop a Midol and hope that my mood improves before we meet again.

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4 thoughts on “Victoria’s Secret Misogyny

  1. This special holiday program has been on the air for years. I have a group of guy friends that center a whole party around this program. After all, it’s free–no need to go out in the pouring rain to a club. I can’t believe you have never came across it before this year. I don’t bother to waste my time, after all I do have a farm to manage. Did that make you chuckle?

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