Feminist group leaves consent-themed undies in Victoria’s Secret stores
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A feminist group left consent-themed panties in lingerie retailer Victoria's Secret stores to protest "culture of rape" and company themes it found problematic.
Feminist group FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture performed its latest "operation panty drop" on Saturday.
Organizers Rebecca Nagle, 26, and Hannah Brancato, 27, teamed up with male and female "consent enthusiasts" to leave consent-themed panties in more than a dozen Victoria's Secret stores in North America and Europe since Dec. 5.
The underwear's "no means no" and "ask first" messages mock some of the retailer's panties that have messages the group deems problematic, like "sure thing."
"What we're doing is one tactic within a bunch of necessary tactics to change our culture," the New York Daily News quoted Nagle as saying.
The team publicly announced the project on December 10, but the idea had been brewing since last winter.
Before the panty trail, the feminist group's anti-rape spoof website, pinklovesconsent.com, went viral.
The page gave the impression that the retailer was producing a collection of "flirty, sexy" panties with "powerful statements" for its popular lingerie line Pink.
Victoria's Secret has not contacted FORCE directly, but has contacted the companies that host their information online, like Pinterest and Facebook.
"Instead of coming to us directly with a cease and desist order, they are just trying to take down our information that we have online to shut down the project," Nagle said.
"I think the immediate goal with this campaign was to make consent go viral, and I think it was completely successful.
"We wanted bring consent to a national audience," Nagle added.