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July 21, 2009 at 12:22 pm ET
Victoria’s Secret: The Red Sox collection?
For female fans scared by blue

For female fans scared by super-masculine blue?

My knowledge of Victoria’s Secret is basically that I enjoyed their catalog when I was in high school and that Axl Rose married one of the models. Other than that, I know they sell lingerie and also other underwear. But today I learned they also sell… baseball paraphernalia?

And so, in the name of research for Bugs & Cranks, I spent some time this morning navigating through the Victoria’s Secret website. And as part of the “Pink” collection — defined on the front page as “Hoodies, bras, denim & more back to school essentials Pink girls can’t live without” — they sell a range of sweats and tees for six major league teams: Cubs, Phillies, Red Sox, White Sox, Mets, and Yankees. I guess the other 24 teams will have to live without.

This is the logical next step in the devolution of baseball outerwear begun by the pink hat. Do you like the Mets but feel too threatened by the masculinity of a blue T-shirt? Do you like the Red Sox but feel more feminine if instead of “PAPELBON” or “VARITEK” the name of your represented player is “PINK”? (Unsure about the 86, but there are theories.)

I hate this for the same reason I hate the pink hat — it assumes women can’t possibly enjoy the same game as the men, and finds a way to make it more “ladylike.” Maybe females aren’t going to wear the exact same T-shirts as the guys, but only because ladies are sized shaped differently. This is the ultimate in dumbing it down and I find it kind of insulting. (This, however, is far more empowering.)

(hat tip: Universal Hub)

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5 Responses to “Victoria’s Secret: The Red Sox collection?”
  1. Sam D. says:

    *the other 24 teams. 30-6=24.

  2. Cam Martin says:

    I still enjoy the near-daily arrival of the Victoria’s Secret catalog. It’s one of the perks of being married. I’d divorce my wife, however, if you ever bought one of those Growing Up Gotti sweatsuits.

  3. Jeremy says:

    I think I long ago conceded victory to the non-traditional team color stuff, so the pink hats don’t bother me, and I think the sweatsuit is kind of cute.

    It used to infuriate me that the team/MLB sold Sox hats in odd colors and camo and strange designs, and now I’m a guy whose primary Sox hat is one with a Sox-adapted Vegas sign on the front. I think it has less to do with sexism that trying to appeal to as many individual tastes as possible.

  4. Paul says:

    While I can understand Mets fans wanting to wear the ’86’ shirt, what Red Sox fan in his right mind is going to want to be reminded of the year?

  5. Kevin says:

    I’m a Red Sox fan and I have to say it’s bad news to put an 86 on the front of anything Red Sox…

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