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What are You Selling?

September 14, 2011

My handsome half and I recently returned from a business (yes, really!) trip to Las Vegas.  We were only there for 2 nights and our first night there we simply strolled the Strip taking in the bright lights and  sights. And, what sights there were to behold.

Now, before I really get into what I want to blog about today, let me say up front that I’m not  a prude.  I am a big believer that folks feel and look better in clothes that fit well and make the most of your best features.  Having said that, I also believe that there is a time and place for exposed body parts.  But most of those times and places are and should be in private. Period.

So, what dismayed me – and I found out later, my handsome half as well – were all the young adult
women who were walking around dressed like (there’s no other way to say it adequately) skanks. I’ve never seen SO many young women dressed – if you can call it that – in things that were either too tight, too short, too low, too revealing or a combination thereof. I wasn’t expecting it.  And, no they weren’t “pros.”. The pros had marketing teams out all along the Strip passing out business cards to any interested parties.

Now I don’t believe for a moment that all of the young women I observed – and there were A LOT – were actually skanks. That would be an unfair assessment. But I do have to admit that I wanted to stop them and ask, “What are you thinking?” and “What are you trying to sell?” “Is what you’re selling a casual-I’m-available–for-whatever-it-won’t cost- you-anything-but-dinner-hook-up?” Just curious.  And, if I were actually brazen enough to ask any of those questions, I have a feeling that responses would range from “What’s wrong with what I’m wearing?” to “I want to look hot.”  To which I would respond, “well you look like a “pro” – which I’m sure you’re not because the pros aren’t walking the streets but are sitting by the phone waiting for a call from anyone who took a card from their marketing team.” But, I didn’t ask and I didn’t make any comments.  I am, however blogging about it.

Why? Because as a woman, I think it is very sad when the first impression a young woman wants to present to the world has nothing to do with who they are as a person: Their intelligence, character, personality, respect for themselves, etc. Oh, but wait, perhaps that is exactly what they ARE doing. So if their outward appearance is an accurate portrayal of who they are as a person then that, indeed, is VERY sad. And alarming.

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