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)