Silent Peaceful Protest of Victoria’s Secret

 

Protest against Victoria’s Secret’s BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS

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Victoria’s Secret has pushed it too far with their latest BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS line and parents are stepping up to voice their concern.

On April 4, 2013, parents across America are coming together in silent peaceful protest to tell Victoria’s Secret that enough is enough and we expect them ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Here’s the plan

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013  

Time: 3:00-4:00pm EST or 12:00 -1:00pm PST   

Location:  Your closest Victoria’s Secret store

Come out to your local Victoria’s Secret store and stand in solidarity with other parents across the country to let people know that we are fed up.

Make signs (keep it respectful and watch your spelling!) about what your concerns are.  

Let VS know that as long as they target young girls like they’re doing we won’t shop there.

Expect them to respect us as parents and to stop exposing our daughters to sexuality at such an young age.  

There may be a chance that you are asked to leave the actual premises of the mall or shopping center.

If so, then take your protest outside at the most visible entrance possible.

We know that protesting isn’t something that we necessarily want to spend our Saturday doing but at some point you have to be the change you want to see.

If WE don’t stand up for our children, who will?

If you are interested in being a point of contact for your location, please contact us at support@themommylobby.net.

We’d love to talk with you and we’ll need all the help we can get!

So what do you say moms and dads?  It’s time to raise our voices and protect our kids!

Contact us for more information, updates and local contact information for your area!

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Victoria’s Secret new campaign “Bright Young Things” targets young teens.

Victoria’s Secret has decided to delve into the pre/young teen market.  Tweens and teens shopping at Victoria’s Secret???  Ummm…I don’t think so.  

When I walk through the mall with my kids, it’s bad enough that I have to shield my young son’s eyes from the soft core advertising that Victoria’s Secret displays.  Or the fact that a few years ago they extended their reach to late high school/young college aged women with their Pink line. Now they’re targeting our daughters who just barely traded in their Barbie’s for lip gloss and Beverly Cleary for Twilight.  These young girls are still trying to figure out WHO and WHAT they are…and they’re already trying to sell them sexy panties?

As a mom I have to ask, “Is nothing sacred anymore?”  I mean, is there ANY reason to introduce our daughters to an identity that is obsessed with being sexy or sexual any earlier than is absolutely necessary?   And by absolutely necessary I mean—at all before they’re out of college?

We live in a culture that over sexualizes kids very early on.  From music, clothes, televisions shows…it’s everywhere you look.  And our young people are trying to emulate what they are being introduced to on an almost daily basis.

What’s crazy is that the executives with Limited Brands aren’t even shy about it.  They have absolutely NO qualms with lowering the bar for the young women in our society who are trying to learn about who and what they are.

Limited Brands’ Chief Financial Officer Stuart Burgdoerfer said this about the expansion into younger markets, “When somebody’s 15 or 16 years old, what do they want to be?”  Burgdoerfer asked. “They want to be older, and they want to be cool like the girl in college, and that’s part of the magic of what we do at Pink.”  

The magic?  Yeah, I don’t think so.  

Their most recent campaign is called “Bright Young Things”.  Check out their latest ad:
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BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS….and they’re selling underwear…to teenagers.   Is this what we think of when we want our young girls to grow into “bright young” women?  Sexy panties?

I’m no prude.  I remember being young and wanting to be like the older girls. My grandmother would watch soap operas and I can still remember watching them thinking that was how I needed to act in order to “be a real woman”.  When I was around 6 or 7, I would pretend that I was one of the dramatic actresses who graced the screen on my grandparent’s console television.  I thought that’s what ALL women were like…except of course the women in my family.  I didn’t want to be like them! No, I wanted to be just like the glamorous women who played fake characters on t.v.!  Their lives were OBVIOUSLY more interesting than the boring lives that I saw on a daily basis.  As time went on and I was exposed to more and more “adult” content, that’s what I thought was normal.  And that line of thought often made me think that I was a lot older and mature than I actually was—and it got me into trouble.  Of course, hindsight is 20/20 and now that I’m a mom I have a TOTALLY different perspective on these types of things.

I want my daughters to fit in but I also want them to be young and innocent for as long as possible.  Allowing them that opportunity is very difficult with everything that’s thrown at them these days.  Those in the music, fashion and entertainment industry definitely aren’t interested in allowing them that.  They see young customers and will do everything they can to push the envelope.  As a parent it’s difficult to navigate the often torrential waters of influence.

I also learned early to pick and choose my battles carefully. I know that I can’t protect them from every negative influence in the world.  As much as I want to, I know that my job as a mom is not only to protect them but also to PREPARE them for the real world.

As a parent I try to teach my daughters that their intrinsic value is in WHO they are and WHAT they stand for.  That value is found in their hearts and mind…not how much skin they show or how much makeup they wear.  I’ve tried to instill in them the belief that NOT wearing certain things or being like other girls is perfectly acceptable.

It’s about them having respect for themselves.  By setting a higher bar for themselves people will see them for what their contributions are to society…not because they wear certain clothes. Like it or not, they understand that people will look at how they’re dressed and make assessments about them within a few seconds; it’s called a first impression for a reason. But shielding them from the negative influences is a never ending battle and it’s especially hard when their friends are allowed to wear these types of things.  

Girls in middle school often wear the same, if not more, amount of make-up than women 15 years older than them. The clothes they wear expose far more than I, as a mom, thinks is appropriate and trying to find a pair of shoes that doesn’t have  3 inch heel on them is nearly impossible.

But what I find amazing is when my fellow “conservative” mom friends allow their daughters to wear these things. Girls wear these things because that’s what we allow them to wear and some moms are perfectly fine with their daughter’s having the image of a hussy. I’m not that mom, but I digress.

This problem goes far beyond make-up and high heeled shoes.  We’re talking about parts of our daughter’s wardrobe that NO ONE should be seeing.

In what world do we think it’s acceptable to have 13, 14 or even 16 year old GIRLS wearing black lacy cheekster’s with the word “wild” on the back of them, a cheetah print thong with “call me” printed on the front or cutesy black and white polka dot panties with the words “feelin’ lucky”.  This is just CRAZY!!!  (The only thing that ran though my mind with I had the image of my 13 year old daughter wearing a pair of panties with the words “feelin’ lucky” on the back of them, was Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry…because THAT’S  exactly what I would be saying to anyone who was unlucky enough to be reading them.

I’m sure that there are going to be parents out there that think “what difference does it make” what kind of underwear they wear?  If I’ve raised them right it shouldn’t matter what kind of “cute” little sayings they have embroidered on their butts.  That’s crap.  If I spend my entire mothering career telling them that one way of behavior is appropriate and then let them wear this kind of thing, it’s sending them a very confusing and inconsistent message.

And from that confusing and inconsistent message I can assure you that NOTHING good will come…for ANYONE involved.   The only words that should be plastered across my young daughters panties should be “STAY AWAY”, “MY FATHER OWNS A .45” or “TURN BACK NOW OR DIE” .  That way, IF anyone is ever foolish enough to take their life into their own hands by discovering what their panties say, they can’t say they weren’t warned. 

Needless to say, my daughter’s won’t be shopping at Victoria’s Secret any time soon (as in like EVER before they’re in their 20’s).   I’d like to maintain their innocence of youth as long as possible.

They’ve got their entire lives to be adults…there’s no point in starting them any earlier than they have to.

Cindy Chafian-Founder The Mommy Lobby

What do you think?  Over protective or right on the money?  Would you allow your young daughters to wear these types of underwear from Victoria’s Secret?  Or would it be a cold day in Hades before your little girl had “wild’ written across her backside?

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Video Highlight of Rand Paul’s Filibuster

Video Highlight of Rand Paul’s Filibuster

Today was an amazing day in American history.  A few courageous Senators led by the amazing Senator Rand Paul, took to the Senate floor to filibuster the confirmation of President Obama’s selection for CIA director, John Brennan.

But Senator Paul isn’t discussing John Brennan.  He’s discussing the recent memo that was released yesterday from Eric Holder stating that the President has the authority to make the call to kill Americans with a drone strike IN AMERICA.

As of 8:00pm EST, Senator Paul is still on the floor discussing the issue and raising issues about the rule of law in the United States, the Constitution and what authority the different branches of government have.  

He’s stated that all the President needs to do in order to end Sen. Paul’s filibuster is to state, in no uncertain terms, that the President nor the Department of Defense has the authority to kill non-combatant Americans while they are on American soil.  Seems simple enough, right?  Wrong.  It’s been almost 8 hours and there hasn’t been a peep from the President or any of his administration acknowledging this fact.

We commend Sen. Paul and applaud his stand.  It’s a refreshing change to finally see someone willing to stand up for America.

Show your support to Senator Paul as well as the other Senators who have taken the time to show their support for his efforts to bring sanity back to Washington!

Senator Rand Paul-(KY) 202-224-4343

Senator Mike Lee (UT) 202-224-5444

Senator Ted Cruz (TX) 202-224-5922

Senator John Cornyn (TX) 202-224-2934

Senator Jerry Moran (KS) 202- 224-6521

Senator Saxby Chambliss (GA) 202-224-3521

Senator Pat Toomey (PA) (202) 224-4254

Senator Marco Rubio (FL) 202-224-3041

Senator Ron Wyden (OR) (202) 224-5244

America get threats…Egypt gets jets and cash

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The United States has a long history of  giving money to other countries in return for favorable position.

Egypt is no different.

At a time when the United States is struggling to get it’s fiscal house in order, President Obama has promised Egypt leadership an initial installment of $250 Million with another $200 Million to come quickly down the road.

Other goodies also promised by the president compliments of hardworking taxpayers:

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20 F-16 Fighter jets (4 already delivered another 16 on order)

200 Abrams tanks

Armored personnel carriers

Apache helicopters and hundreds of  millions of dollars in surplus military equipment.  

When American citizens are being threatened with everything under the sun because the President simply has “no choice”  but to cut essential employees and programs, it’s difficult to see how he can reach this conclusion given the circumstances and obvious changes in the political climate in Egypt.

Some claim that we are obligated to adhere to the provisions of the Camp David Accords.  However, we would argue that since the fall of Hosni Mubarak and the subsequent takeover of the Egyptian government by the Muslim Brotherhood, the terms of the Accords have completely fallen by the wayside.

According to Jay Sekulow (Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice) Egypt is clearly not adhering to THEIR side of the agreements.

Since the Arab Spring the Egyptian leadership has been accused of the following acts:

  • Egypt is violently persecuting its Coptic Christian minority, even going so far as arresting small children for allegedly defiling the Koran.

 

  • It’s security forces failed in their legal responsibility to protect the American embassy as protesters stormed the embassy, tore down the American flag, and replaced it with the black flag of jihad.
  • Egypt is now becoming not just a source of terrorists but also a launching pad for terror attacks; deadly terror attacks have been launched against Israel from Egyptian soil and Egyptian terrorists were present in the 2012 Benghazi attack and in the recent attack and violence in Algeria.
  • Despite getting credit for brokering the Israel/Hamas cease fire last November, Egypt loudly and publicly backed Hamas, a terrorist organization and a wing of the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • Egypt has passed a Shariah-based constitution that restricts religious freedom and provides a legal basis for continued persecution of Egypt’s embattled Christian minority.
  • Egyptian authorities denied the U.S. direct access to a Benghazi terrorist suspect, a shocking act from an alleged “ally.”
  •  Egypt’s president is a blatant and outspoken anti-Semite who calls Jews the “descendants of apes and pigs” and said that Egyptian children should be “nursed” on “hatred” for Israel.

Does this sound like the type of government we should be supporting with our tax dollars?

We understand that in the complicated world of international relations not extending an open ear (or bankbook) will often drive countries who MAY be open to an amicable relationship with us directly into the pockets of our enemies.  It’s important to keep the lines of communication open and we SHOULD provide support for those countries which are genuinely interested in providing for the safest most productive environment for all parties involved.  But the countries who are turning to the United States as a provider of support MUST prove themselves worthy of such support.

Given Egypt’s most recent track record, we can’t say that they have deemed themselves as such.

What do YOU think?  Should we be providing financial or military support to Egypt right now?

 

SEQUESTRATION PANIC!!!

For the past few months Democrats have been threatening utter financial collapse due to the upcoming, unavoidable sequestration cuts. Well, we’re here and so far things haven’t completely collapsed.  We’d like to share a short video with you about the truth.

The cuts that are being threatened aren’t ACTUAL cuts to current spending…they’re cuts to proposed INCREASED spending.

Basically, it’s like giving your child an allowance of $3 and then 3 months later you increase their allowance to $5.  Fast forward 2 years and now your child is getting an allowance of $7 and you’ve promised an increase to $15.  Then you realize that you’ve got to cut back a bit so you’re only going to give them an increase to $13.

And they throw a fit because they won’t be able to afford all the things they want.

That’s what the Democrats are doing.  Doesn’t make much sense does it?

Watch this video

 

Slow down…listen…reflect.

So often as moms we forget the reason we do what we do.  Let’s all commit to reflecting and taking time to listen to our kids.

Remember, we are shaping the future.  How we mold the clay will determine the shape of the mold for the next generation.

Love, live and laugh…and always remember…they’ll only be little for a while.

Now…wipe your tears and go hug your babies.

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