Victoria's Secret Doesn't Want To Be Associated With A Campaign About Respecting Women, Issues Takedown

from the no-respect dept

The EFF has a post up about how Victoria's Secret sent a legal nastygram to an ISP taking down a parody campaign by an anti-rape organization, FORCE, called Pink Loves Consent. The campaign was a parody designed to raise awareness of these issues, by mocking Victoria's Secret's "PINK" line of clothing, that includes underwear that says things like "sure thing" and "unwrap me." The parody campaign replaced those with things like "ask first" and "respect." The page showed what Victoria's Secret could have done to put forth a more positive, more respectful message... and the company's response was to go straight to the hosting company and demand the site be taken down (which it was, though they found a new host who was willing to put it back up). Parody is a key element of free speech -- and issuing a takedown over this seems like a pretty clear attempt to stifle free speech. And, really, it just makes Victoria's Secret look really, really obnoxious. Were its lawyers really so offended by positive messages, rather than pure sexual objectification?


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    Manfred Manfriend, Dec 19th, 2012 @ 2:17pm

    Can you blame them?

    Feminism is pretty toxic stuff theses days! Just look at all the women who've been coming out saying that they are not feminists and do not wish to be associated with feminism! When you've got Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, etc all disassociating themselves from such a movement it becomes the last thing you want your brand associated with...

     

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      The dude, Dec 19th, 2012 @ 3:00pm

      Re: Can you blame them?

      Why do you hate women so much?

       

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        The dude, Dec 19th, 2012 @ 3:01pm

        Re: Re: Can you blame them?

        Bloody system eliminated /feminist logic tag

         

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        monkyyy, Dec 19th, 2012 @ 9:48pm

        Re: Re: Can you blame them?

        we love them so much that we cant stop staring :3

        anyway, insisting people to ignore what undeniably different(directly related with sex) makes ur credibly suffer on what has minor differences during pre-birth development and puberty but havnt been proven to be different at any other stage(brains, personally, math, etc.) that can be blamed on lingering cultural effects

         

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 19th, 2012 @ 6:15pm

      Re: Can you blame them?

      Well, that's proof right there that feminism is out of control ... two famous type people supposedly do not want to be associated with it - according to some poster on the internet anyways. Back to the kitchen ladies .. and you had better stop yer backtalkin riight now bitch.

       

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        JEDIDIAH, Dec 20th, 2012 @ 10:17am

        Re: Re: Can you blame them?

        So called feminists are no less interested in bossing you around. You're just trading one master for another. Both want to control your body, restrict what you do, and control how you think.

        That's why some women with a backbone don't like "feminism" and are quite verbal about it.

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Dec 20th, 2012 @ 10:56am

          Re: Re: Re: Can you blame them?

          I've been seeing a lot of these type of straw feminists these days, who are white undergraduates in women studies, and spend too much time on tumblr 'fighting the patriarchy'. This anti-VS campaign appears to be from just such a group, who yell RAPE, OBJECTIFYING, TRIGGER WARNING!!!! at the single thought of a man near them or of a man even existing on the same planet as them. I'm not surprised Victoria Secret is taking a stance against them.

           

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          Anonymous Coward, Dec 20th, 2012 @ 6:30pm

          Re: Re: Re: Can you blame them?

          "You're just trading one master for another."

          I'm trading - who knew .... lol.


          "Both want to control your body, restrict what you do, and control how you think."

          Now you are describing the GOP, what a bunch of nuts - right?



          "That's why some women with a backbone don't like "feminism""

          ... and the rest are invertebrate degenerate slime - and they talk back n stuff, sheesh.

           

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      Jesse (profile), Dec 20th, 2012 @ 1:10am

      Re: Can you blame them?

      God damn women asking that men seek consent before sexual contact. So entitled.

      I'm with you Manfred. Women need to dissociate themselves from such a movement.

       

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      John Fenderson (profile), Dec 20th, 2012 @ 9:23am

      Re: Can you blame them?

      Feminism is toxic? That's news to me. I suspect that you don't understand what "feminism" really is. Hint: it's not the feminist movement of decades past.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 19th, 2012 @ 2:23pm

    Feminists are responsible for the stacking of family courts against men.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 19th, 2012 @ 6:17pm

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      Yup ... anyone who stacks the courts against men must be a feminazi - amirite Glenn Beck?

       

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        monkyyy, Dec 19th, 2012 @ 10:03pm

        Re: Re:

        actually yes, *anything* that changes the differentiation of male and female in ways that dont reflect reality, are in fact "feminazi" or the male equivalent

        note reality is seems to say one thing on this topic and one thing only, females only get to make 1 child at a time(men millions) and know for a fact whether or not its thiers; AND ALL FOLLOWING LOGICAL CONCLUSIONS FROM THIS(no matter how much the left likes to paint a marx's like family/sex life as healthy it isnt), but nothing more

         

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        Anonymous Coward, Dec 20th, 2012 @ 5:31am

        Re: Re:

        *Rush Limbaugh. I don't recall Beck ever using "feminazi"

         

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      John Fenderson (profile), Dec 20th, 2012 @ 9:26am

      Re:

      To whatever extent that the courts are "stacked", it's more the fault of the men than the women. But I don't see any sign of bias against men for being men anyway.

       

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    Art, Dec 19th, 2012 @ 2:33pm

    Uh actually I'm pretty sure that VS was more upset that people were going into their stores and putting these "parody" underoos out on display next to their real products. I feel like that's an entirely fair grievance to make. The rest of the stuff about the website was secondary to that.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 19th, 2012 @ 2:38pm

    Regardles what anyone writes on their underwear, if it isn't written in sequins or neon lights, it's not catching my eye.

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Dec 19th, 2012 @ 2:57pm

    Victoria's Secret should just go ahead and feature Barbara Streisand in their next campaign.

     

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    PRMan, Dec 19th, 2012 @ 3:02pm

    Parody?

    Parody that everyone knows is parody is fine. Representing yourself as the trademark-holder in a letter to the press is fraud, and EXACTLY what trademarks are designed to protect against.

    The feminist group, while starting from a good place, absolutely is in the wrong here with the way they went about their message.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 19th, 2012 @ 6:46pm

      Re: Parody?

      the first thing I thought when looking at that page was OMGHIDEOUSWTF, the second thing I thought was "wait, this is a victorias secret site? they have vic's logo at the top and all of vic's color schemes... this is no parody, and im an idiot in a hurry.

      the third thing I thought was OMGHIDEOUSWTF.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 19th, 2012 @ 6:47pm

      Re: Parody?

      the first thing I thought when looking at that page was OMGHIDEOUSWTF, the second thing I thought was "wait, this is a victorias secret site? they have vic's logo at the top and all of vic's color schemes... this is no parody, and im an idiot in a hurry.

      the third thing I thought was OMGHIDEOUSWTF.

       

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      Ninja (profile), Dec 20th, 2012 @ 2:53am

      Re: Parody?

      You, sir, are a moron. Even in the event they are LAWFULLY right there's a quite clear MORAL component here. Regardless of what anybody says the good course of action would be to get in touch with the creators and form a partnership to spread the word and consequently the brand.

      And yes it IS A DAMN PARODY. And it should clearly be fair use. One more reason the current copyright/trademark system is BROKEN.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Dec 20th, 2012 @ 5:55am

        Re: Re: Parody?

        Stuffed Shirt: But it's not parody if I don't like it!
        ... Proceeds to stomp out of the room throwing his toys.

         

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        Anonymous Coward, Dec 21st, 2012 @ 1:00am

        Re: Re: Parody?

        I don't think it's immoral to refuse dialogue with a group who just implied you promote rape by selling underwear with stuff written on it (which women voluntarily buy, I might add).

        See this is exactly the problem with feminism these days: they want to control what women want and do. Thousands of women will buy these underwear and not feel objectified (or maybe they like being objectified). Either way, women who want to buy these underwear should have the choice to buy them.

        But the group behind this 'parody' thinks they should get to make decisions for every women. They give themselves the moral right to condemn the decisions of women who buy these underwear, and they try to make production and sale of these underwear stop completely. On top of that, to do this, they'll argue the underwear somehow promote rape.

        And yet you think they have the moral high ground because VS sent lawyers at them?

         

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    Varsil (profile), Dec 19th, 2012 @ 3:15pm

    Well...

    As others have noted, the campaign was holding out that these products were actual Victoria's Secret products, which is indeed trademark infringement and buys them into controversy they probably don't want. I think they're hoping they can extricate themselves from the thing gracefully, which is likely a tactical error.

    That said, I can see why they don't carry said products. They're in the business of sexy clothing. I can think of many, many things sexier than having a woman slowly peel off her clothing to reveal "NO MEANS NO". At that point I think I'd say "No" and go play some video games instead.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 19th, 2012 @ 6:22pm

      Re: Well...

      Yeah - uh huh

      Your hot pockets are ready dear, come on upstairs and get them while their hot.

       

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      Ninja (profile), Dec 20th, 2012 @ 2:55am

      Re: Well...

      Considering it is a parody and that I don't think there will be underwear produced with those sayings... Your point?

       

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      John Fenderson (profile), Dec 20th, 2012 @ 9:32am

      Re: Well...

      I can think of many, many things sexier than having a woman slowly peel off her clothing to reveal "NO MEANS NO".


      Right, because nothing is less sexy than a woman saying "yes" by removing her clothing, particularly if she has no problem saying "no".

       

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        JEDIDIAH, Dec 20th, 2012 @ 10:21am

        Re: Re: Well...

        No. That's a clear and obvious mixed message and you are better off not going anywhere near that in the current political climate. You are likely to get crucified.

        It's an obvious corollary of "no means no".

         

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          John Fenderson (profile), Dec 20th, 2012 @ 11:42am

          Re: Re: Re: Well...

          If a woman is taking her clothes of for me, and reveals a "no means no" message on her undergarments, there is no mixed message. No still means no, and she hasn't said "no".

          However, the contrast between the message and it being on clothing I would only see if she says "yes" is what makes it funny. And funny is sexy, too.

           

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 20th, 2012 @ 6:37pm

      Re: Well...

      "slowly peel off her clothing to reveal "NO MEANS NO""

      I can imagine the female thought process as you reveal your superman undies.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 19th, 2012 @ 5:59pm

    I only know two women who do not take compliments well one is my mothers Marxist friend and the other was my ex wife.
    I'm with VS on this one.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 19th, 2012 @ 7:02pm

      Re:

      If by compliment, you mean "Hey - nice rack!"
      then maybe they have a point.

       

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        monkyyy, Dec 19th, 2012 @ 10:32pm

        Re: Re:

        people really need to read marx, IF u read his opinion on sex the "Hey - nice rack!" would be perfectly fine for any of his followers; because quite literally he believes sex should be w/o any sort of responsibility and in super happy paradise land, single mothers would be the norm because the state would have free daycare and this would not bring over population or terrible childhoods but would somehow help the cause by getting them into state schools even sooner

         

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      John Fenderson (profile), Dec 20th, 2012 @ 9:35am

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      I call bullshit. There probably aren't more than a couple hundred Marxists in the US today. Odds are very good that your mother's friend isn't one. She might be a liberal, but liberal does not equal Marxist.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 19th, 2012 @ 7:21pm

    They don't like it because Victoria's Secret is about objectifying women.

     

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      monkyyy, Dec 19th, 2012 @ 10:37pm

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      *sex

      why does everything sex related suddenly sexist
      why doesnt axe with their idiotic ads get this, because they show teenage boys as its a product for teenage boys? how isnt that sexists?

       

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      lfroen (profile), Dec 19th, 2012 @ 11:13pm

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      WTF is "objectifying"? Is this a thing?
      I thought they sell women's underwear. Since commercials of products usually include use of those products, one must think that commercials of women's underwear will include some women and some underwear.
      It's not like Ford put girl in bikini in car expo. Minor difference, you know.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 20th, 2012 @ 2:46am

    'Were its lawyers really so offended by positive messages, rather than pure sexual objectification?'

    probably the only way they manage to get off!!

     

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    Doug B (profile), Dec 20th, 2012 @ 7:02am

    Disrespectful?

    Is it disrespectful to my wife for me to be lusting after her and want her to wear sexy underwear that says "unwrap me"? Is it disrespectful to herself to want to be viewed as sexy and want to wear underwear that tells me to unwrap her?

     

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    Buster, Dec 20th, 2012 @ 8:58am

    Re:

    I get the point BUT you have to kind of get the pants off to SEE the message.
    Besides, girls wear shirts that almost literally say the same, what's the difference on a piece of clothing you don't readibly see?

    Regardless, I expect to see these in Spencers very soon. Oh the fun that will be had.

     

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    Deleet (profile), Dec 20th, 2012 @ 6:37pm

    Male shoppers

    Presumably a lot of shoppers of VS products are males, and I imagine that being associated with feminism puts off male customers. I certainly try to avoid in any way supporting neofeminists. For one thing, I don't buy Carlsberg beers, since they women's quotas for the BoD.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 20th, 2012 @ 6:47pm

      Re: Male shoppers

      "Presumably a lot of shoppers of VS products are males,"

      Less than you think



      " I certainly try to avoid in any way supporting neofeminists"

      Good for you. You want a medal?


      " I don't buy Carlsberg beers"

      Who cares other than you?

       

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        The dude, Dec 21st, 2012 @ 4:35am

        Re: Re: Male shoppers

        Obviously a holier than you asshole like you!

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Dec 21st, 2012 @ 1:30pm

          Re: Re: Re: Male shoppers

          Yup, obviously someone that calls bullshit is an asshole - guess I'd better just shutup because Bubba is mad 'n y'all doan want Bubba ta be mad.

           

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