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Irritated Youth Voice Their Annoyance; JCPenney Pulls Provocative Garb
Agape Press ^ | 12/23/03 | Allie Martin and Jody Brown

Posted on 12/24/2003 5:47:05 AM PST by truthandlife

One of the nation's largest department stores has listened to thousands of teenagers and is pulling a line of sexually-suggestive clothing.

Recently T-shirts with crude and suggestive messages targeting teenagers were offered at JCPenney's stores nationwide. Among the selections were a printed shirt for the fictional "McLay's Plumbing Service" which had "Winki" proclaiming: "No pipe too big or small. We clean your pipes 24/7." Another for "Wanda’s E-ZZZ Slide" promises, "Hot wax for a deeper, richer shine and wet looking curves." Others read, "Had a great time last night, whoever he was," and "You don't know me, but your girlfriend does."

Soon after the shirts hit the shelves, OneMillionYouth.com -- an Internet activist campaign spearheaded by the American Family Association -- alerted Christian teens and encouraged them to contact store officials. The website now quotes JCPenney senior public relations manager Tim Lyons as saying the company is reviewing all "attitude" shirts marketed to teens, and has introduced policies "to more closely monitor the T-shirt designs" the retailer chooses to purchase.

Randy Sharp AFA's director of special projects says the shirts are being pulled from store shelves because of the public outcry.

"Some of the shirts were pulled; some of them still remain, but they're on their way out," says Randy Sharp. "JCPenney has confirmed to us that they will not carry them in the future, and they've instituted policies to make sure that these types of incidents [or] shirts do not appear on their store floors in the future."

Sharp says there are many teenagers in America who want to live God-honoring lives and are willing to stand up for Christian principles. "We've got a good group of kids in America who want more modesty in clothing," the pro-family activist explains. Those young people, he says, are approaching companies like JCPenney, stating they are offended by product lines and requesting clothing that is more modest in appearance and more in line with youth who want to remain pure until marriage.

Sharp says "sending the message of free sex and free love to teenagers is certainly the wrong message," but "JCPenney now understands that and [is] taking appropriate steps to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Another national clothing retailer reacted in similar fashion recently to consumers who voiced their displeasure over the company's sexually-oriented marketing tactics aimed at America's youth. Abercrombie & Fitch, long targeted by pro-family groups and angry parents for its sexually explicit quarterly catalogues, announced earlier this month it was ceasing publication of the pornographic "magalog." A statement from A&F indicated the company "believes it is time for new thinking." (See Related Story)


TOPICS: Extended News
KEYWORDS: abercrombie; afa; christians; fashion; jcpenney; teens

1 posted on 12/24/2003 5:47:06 AM PST by truthandlife
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To: truthandlife
It's so nice to know that at least some teens today are committed to decency---and that they are being pro-active in letting these stores know that they have crossed the line. Congratulations to all of them!
2 posted on 12/24/2003 6:06:34 AM PST by basil
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To: basil
Even better that the government didn't need to get involved. The power of the market won the battle.
3 posted on 12/24/2003 6:07:39 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: truthandlife
I saw that T-Shirt advertised in the PENNY's flyer:

You Don't My Name...But Your Boyfriend Does.

I was shocked. On so many levels, that has to be one of the worst things I've seen. Worse than anything overtly sexual. Does anyone agree with me?

4 posted on 12/24/2003 6:13:14 AM PST by Hildy
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To: Hildy
You Don't My Name...But Your Boyfriend Does

I'm assuming you forgot a word(s), or is this a "fill in your own outrageous thought" slogan?

5 posted on 12/24/2003 6:18:42 AM PST by Damocles (sword of...)
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To: truthandlife
I'm sure Penny's is just doing their part to support the abortion industry.
6 posted on 12/24/2003 6:22:51 AM PST by tje (There is nothing more serious than pleasure.)
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To: Hildy
i think it's a disgusting statement, too.
7 posted on 12/24/2003 6:27:03 AM PST by midnightcat
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To: Damocles
No, that WAS what was printed on the T-SHIRT. Think about it.
8 posted on 12/24/2003 6:30:15 AM PST by Hildy
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To: truthandlife
It's about time.
9 posted on 12/24/2003 6:32:57 AM PST by R. Scott (It is seldom that any liberty is lost all at once.)
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To: truthandlife
** The Government **

The government has a responsibility to enforce the laws. But it does much more than that. It sets a moral standard, based on the knowledge that some practices have evil consequences.

Doctors are aware how harmful sodomy is. The intestines were not designed for this purpose, and expensive operations have to be done to repair the damaged muscles and intestinal tissue. Diseases, also, are introduced through sodomy.

Practices which are harmful to the practitioners, as well as society, should not be encouraged. Such practices should be frowned upon, and not allowed. It would be cruel to allow people and society to suffer. We have no problem decrying the harmfulness of tobacco. But not sodomy, and other sexual perversions.

Why is this so?

The word "liberal" used to be religious term, denoting generosity of giving. Now, it's a secular term of licentiousness.

The vast majority of people are moral and decent. But in all the areas of power in this country, in the media, the advertisers, the entertainment industry, the government, the universities and schools, there are powerful groups of liberals who think if only people would fall into a "let live" attitude in morals, everything would be fine.

The whole liberal power-structure is geared to lowering morality, and they see it as a "crusade" to bring "freedom."

The bottomline, though, is greed. That is the driving-force behind their campaign against morality. Immorality generates money, and they're right behind, scooping it up.


10 posted on 12/24/2003 6:37:51 AM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: Hildy
You Don't My Name...But Your Boyfriend Does

I think Damocles meant that you forgot the Know in the first part of the phrase.

11 posted on 12/24/2003 6:38:00 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Go Fast, Turn Left!)
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To: truthandlife
A few months ago, my wife, daughter and I went to JC Penney to buy some clothes for my daughter (she's 12).

The few casual things we could find in her size all had some crude message on them. I cannot remember specifics, but they all basically said: "I'm a young teen slut; Do me now."

My wife was disgusted and actually met with the manager in her office for about 30 minutes, complaining about it. The manager was polite but firm in her insistence that all the other stores were stocking that trash, and they had to as well to keep up.

Glad to see they have listened to their customers.
12 posted on 12/24/2003 6:43:49 AM PST by Skooz (Jesus Christ is Lord. Deal with it.)
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To: IYAS9YAS
My error. Sorry. I couldn't sleep so I've been posting since 5am (PST) this morning. I guess I can't even see straight!
13 posted on 12/24/2003 6:47:08 AM PST by Hildy
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To: truthandlife
I'm only 15, but I'm gonna' wear this.
Since you're 41, if you look at me, you're a pervert.
14 posted on 12/24/2003 6:50:39 AM PST by baltodog (When you're hanging from a hook, you gotta' get a bigger boat, or something like that.)
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To: Hildy
I'm gonna' pick "You don't SCREAM my name, but your boyfriend does" as my outrageous slogan then...
15 posted on 12/24/2003 6:55:54 AM PST by Damocles (sword of...)
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To: baltodog
Here's some more fun from J.C. Penney:

Retailer J.C. Penney was hit by consumer wrath after airing a TV ad showing a mother encouraging her young daughter to dress provocatively. The back-to-school spot, called "Attitude Adjustment," shows the girl trying on hip-hugging jeans. "You're not going to school dressed like that, are you?" Mom demands. She then yanks the jeans lower on her daughter's bare midriff. Ouch! Parents complained the spot had way too much attitude. J.C. Penney pulled it within 4 days.

"It's certainly not what I would do with my daughter. And I bet it's not what the CEO of J.C. Penney would do with his daughter or granddaughter," says Joe Kelly, executive director of advocacy group Dads & Daughters.

J.C. Penney was "trying to be fashion-forward in our message, but unfortunately our customers thought it was too forward," spokeswoman Stephanie Brown says.

The Plano, Texas, retailer also had to run for cover after selling a T-shirt considered insulting to home-schooling families. The shirt shows a broken-down trailer home with the slogan "Home Skooled." After complaints, Penney pulled the item off its shelves.

16 posted on 12/24/2003 6:56:34 AM PST by Hildy
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To: Damocles
Ouch. That would hurt.
17 posted on 12/24/2003 6:57:37 AM PST by Hildy
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To: Damocles
Actually, in case you didn't see my mea culpa posts, it does read, You don't KNOW my name...
18 posted on 12/24/2003 6:58:16 AM PST by Hildy
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To: Hildy
I saw. I figured you just didn't notice the missing word.

The "need more coffee" post. I've layed a few of those out in my time.

19 posted on 12/24/2003 6:59:52 AM PST by Damocles (sword of...)
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To: Hildy
The shirt shows a broken-down trailer home with the slogan "Home Skooled." After complaints, Penney pulled the item off its shelves.

Deal is that in a few years the brainstems that wear such will be cleaning the bathrooms of the ones they think they are mocking.

20 posted on 12/24/2003 7:01:17 AM PST by don-o
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To: baltodog
I'm only 15, but I'm gonna' wear this.

Since you're 41, if you look at me, you're a pervert.

Hey no problem. Just stay out of my way.

21 posted on 12/24/2003 7:02:04 AM PST by AxelPaulsenJr (Excellence In Posting Since 1999)
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To: don-o
Michelle Malkin wrote a great piece about this. Here's ane excerpt from it:

What if the T-shirt had the phrase "PUBLIK SKOOLED" printed on it, with a silhouette of a ghetto public-housing complex emblazoned underneath? No doubt J.C. Penney would have balked at such a blatantly contemptuous image. The National Education Association and minority civil rights brigade would have made a federal discrimination case out of it.

But of course, no such T-shirt dissing the failed public school monopoly is sold on tees.com or at J.C. Penney. Why not? Because when it comes to bigoted insults in our politically correct culture, some institutions and groups get a pass. Despite criminally low test scores, enormous waste, unsafe classrooms, and administrative incompetence, the public schools remain a hallowed and untouchable fixture. The snickering snobs of the education establishment smear those who seek to protect their children from this corrupted system as ignorant and intolerant anti-government radicals.

22 posted on 12/24/2003 7:04:29 AM PST by Hildy
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To: don-o
Yep.
23 posted on 12/24/2003 7:05:15 AM PST by Skooz (Jesus Christ is Lord. Deal with it.)
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To: Cultural Jihad
Hey CJ, the proper functions of government are to "establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity".

I really don't think the founding fathers meant for the US Government to establish a strict moral code of conduct upon citizens outside of initiating force or fraud against people or their property.

I for one am glad that the market solved this problem naturally instead of through government force.
24 posted on 12/24/2003 7:05:59 AM PST by bc2 (http://www.thinkforyourself.us)
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To: truthandlife
I wish men like J.C. Penney, George Eastman (Kodak),Chester Carlson (Xerox), et al, could come back
to see what these modern day, million dollar, CEOs have done to their companies.
25 posted on 12/24/2003 7:10:11 AM PST by oh8eleven
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To: Hildy
Retailer J.C. Penney was hit by consumer wrath after airing a TV ad showing a mother encouraging her young daughter to dress provocatively. The back-to-school spot, called "Attitude Adjustment," shows the girl trying on hip-hugging jeans. "You're not going to school dressed like that, are you?" Mom demands. She

The MOM??? not the GIRL???

then yanks the jeans lower on her daughter's bare midriff. Ouch! Parents complained the spot had way too much attitude. J.C. Penney pulled it within 4 days.

Words fail me.

26 posted on 12/24/2003 7:10:15 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: Cultural Jihad
The government has a responsibility to enforce the laws. But it does much more than that. It sets a moral standard, based on the knowledge that some practices have evil consequences.

What a load of BS that statement is. Your moral standard is defined by Bill nad Hillary and a group of criminals in the US congress and George Ryan of Illinios? No wonder things are so screwed up.

27 posted on 12/24/2003 7:11:14 AM PST by Protagoras (Putting government in charge of morality is like putting pedophiles in charge of children.)
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To: truthandlife
Why get fancy? Just make shirts that say "Worthless Piece of Trash" and have done with it.
28 posted on 12/24/2003 7:12:40 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (France delenda est)
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To: All
SPEAKING OF T-SHIRTS - Have any of you seen this great one:

SAVING YOUR ASS
Like it or Not

29 posted on 12/24/2003 7:15:13 AM PST by Hildy
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To: Hildy
Hey, no problem. Been there. I've been known to commit an error two in my adult (read "a dolt") life.
30 posted on 12/24/2003 7:41:18 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Go Fast, Turn Left!)
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To: baltodog
Since you're 15 and dressed-up like the dog's dinner:
I'm gonna stand by and laugh like hell when someone nails you.
31 posted on 12/24/2003 7:41:57 AM PST by solitas (it only LOOKS like I'm pí$$íng on the First Church of 'pillhead'...)
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WHEN is Penney's going to learn - they've been through this before. Dummies! Or they're still trying to pull a fast one. Remind me to NEVER shop there again.
32 posted on 12/24/2003 10:23:52 AM PST by jackibutterfly
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