Hi Skirty Friends,
I am writing to ask that you consider sending two emails today.
The first is to Qubo channel which is a television station that my kids have watched. They promote themselves as being “safe” for children and feature many self-commercials with letters supposedly written by viewers lauding the channel for “not having anything inappropriate” and “reinforcing the values I’m trying to instill”.
Imagine my disgust when I noticed that every morning at 7:15am and 8 am they feature the Lifestyle Lift infomercial. If you aren’t familiar (I’m very sorry to be the one to make you familiar) it is a plastic surgery procedure for older women to “face lift” away their looser neckline. I find this totally offensive as a woman. It is NORMAL for women to have a looser jawline as they age and I hate that this will just become another “thing” for women to have major anxiety about.
The entire purpose of putting such a commercial on a 7:15 am when little children are watching cartoons is because these kids will watch this and go to their grandmas saying “You should get a Lifestyle Lift!!” Imagine the pain of that grandma. It causes these young children to “see” older women differently and puts a firm impression in their minds that there are “quick and easy fixes” like plastic surgery. I think it is so damaging that these kinds of commercials are even allowed on television at all.
So if you would please write to Qubo and also leave a message on their Facebook page expressing your displeasure at this commercial, perhaps we can make a difference here at getting this garbage off the air. And in the meantime, Qubo is yet another channel my kids can’t watch. 😦
The second Call to Action is to the Candies line of youth bras that is carried by Kohl’s. I was shopping yesterday and stopped by the girls section to see if they had anything for Frannie when I saw this hanging:
The manager has assured me that this was supposed to be displayed in the regular lingere section. Okaaaay. (Although when did it become so socially acceptable to hyper-sexualize our teens???)
But here’s what IS supposed to be in the girls section
This is the section of the store where I shop for my six year old. I don’t even want her to SEE this! I don’t want to put in her mind that as a little girl she’s supposed to even have breasts, not to mention have her future body sexualized. Breasts are a respected and sensitive part of the body, with a primary purpose for the feeding of babies. I understand that younger and younger girls need bras but why are these types of “sexy” bras even available for 8 year olds? My son is too young to take this into his consciousness, but what about when he gets a little older? I don’t want him to “see” his little 8 year old friends’ bodies differently, sexualizing his mind toward them at a super-young age. How can I in good conscience parade my daughter through this store even looking for shirts when this is what is right in her section?? I can’t. I won’t. When the display is in HER section, it communicates that this is acceptable for girls her age. So I abandoned my cart of selected merchandise, spoke to the manager and got the phone number for the District Manager. If the moms of the world don’t speak up WHO WILL?
Interestingly, the bras that I think are more appropriate were on the back of this display. Although I find it distressing that too many of them appear to be push up
If this is something you feel is inappropriate would you consider taking a few minutes to let this company know? Here is the Kohl’s email, [Edit: I don’t think this email link is going to work for this complaint. I’ll update with better contact info once I find out] But here is their Facebook page. The Candies line is held nationwide at Kohl’s so this isn’t specific to my area.
It would also be quite easy to simply “Like” what I have already written to both companies on Facebook and write a comment of your own.
Thank you. It is annoying to speak up. It feels like a hassel. But more and more I’m learning that it is just a burden that we can’t be afraid to carry.
As usual I do hope you have a wonderful day!