Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Soft-Core Porn at Sears -- Time to Speak Out

My father worked for Sears Roebuck & Co. for many years. He was a dedicated employee in middle management until his heart attack in the mid-1970's. Sears, at a time when heart attack meant certain disability, didn't just leave my dad out in the cold. They put him on medical leave and allowed him to return to work after his, at the time, extremely risky open heart surgery. Sears understood family and held to the promotion of those values. My dad eventually retired from Sears, to this day, my mom receives discount benefits from my dad's time as an employee -- Dad's been gone for almost 19yrs.

In my mind, Sears has been a good and a faithful friend to our family. Imagine my disappointment this morning when I read this article at LifeSiteNews.com: Sears Ignores Calls to Stop Selling Porn. Sears has been offering erotic posters to their internet clients. I wondered if they would have included those offensive products in a catalog that would be in my home if they were to still produce one. But, that thought quickly returned to the fact that the internet is in my home, and Sears, our longtime ally, to whom we have given support over the years for their decency toward an employee and his family, is making this filth available to me and my children at the left click of a mouse. (I did override the parental controls to check the content on their website. Yes, it is there.)

According to the article:
Sears appears to be digging in its heels on the issue, based on their response to one of AFA’s supporters. Chris B., a Sears employee, wrote: “We … have reviewed the products in question and found that they do not fall outside our marketplace guidelines.”

“Sears is taking their stand. They are going to defend the merchandising of soft-core pornography on their website,” commented Fischer.

Taking their stand? Why? Is the soft-core porn market that lucrative to Sears? Could their market share really be improved by offering such graphic displays of sexual behavior and nudity? I sincerely doubt it, as a matter of fact, I would venture to guess that most people do not frequent Sears for this type of material at all and would be shocked to know that such a product line is available through their website. This is, however, a wake up call to all families -- what appears to be seemingly innocent may be masking a way to infiltrate your family with immoral content.

I've never had any qualms until now about letting my girls shop for clothes and shoes on their website. As a matter of fact, they were just recently doing so looking for shoes for a wedding they are in this coming September. And, we did end up purchasing the sandals they will wear from Sears. Had I even suspected that there was a serious danger lurking on their website, or that their market guidelines found this type of merchandise suitable for sale, you can be sure, I never would have let the girls navigate it on their own.

How unsuspecting would you be if you checked your child's search history on the internet and found SEARS? I don't think anyone would even question a package, a package that contained pornography and nudity, if that package was marked SEARS. This is very disturbing, and one more stealthy attempt to assault the family and moral decency in our culture.

LifeSiteNews.com offers contact information for you to express your displeasure with Sears for their affront to family values; values which they have been known to support and uphold over the years. This is a disgrace to their reputation and a disappointment to their customers. I will reprint that information here so that you can make your voices heard. Tell Sears to take their pornographic posters off their website and return to being a family friendly place to shop on the internet.

Direct your comments to:

Larry Costello, Public Relations Director
Sears Holdings Corp.
Phone: 1-847-286-9036
E-mail: larry.costello@searshc.com

The danger is everywhere and the front line of the battle is right in our own homes. We have to be careful, we have to be diligent about what our children access on the internet. And, unfortunately, we have to monitor places that once we would have considered to be innocent and harmless. It's time to rescue our culture and protect the family.

Make your voice heard and leave a comment telling me you have contacted Sears.

7 comments:

Kathy said...

I just sent my message to Mr. Costello. Did you?

Allison said...

Not one to just take someone's word for something, I went to sears.com to see for myself. In three clicks, I saw shocking images of pornography. Sadly, sorting by "most viewed images" gets to the porn. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I contacted them. Now, I have to inform KMart and Lands End as well, as they are owned by Sears. My husband said last night that he thought we should tell the children they aren't allowed on the internet at all without one of us present. I thought it was extreme at the time, but now I see that, as usual, he is right.

Kathy said...

Your husband is right! We have curtailed internet access in our home because of such dangers. Thank you for not trusting my word entirely...this is necessary homework that parents need to do and to see for themselves. It is very dangerous out there, we all must be made aware.

Kathy said...

Thank you, Dcn. Jim! See what he writes on his blog: Geek Theologian.

http://geektheologian.blogspot.com/2010/08/dear-sears-i-object.html

The Parrino World said...

I too wanted to know what was there....It was so shocking. I also wrote a letter and reshared on my facebook page. We have to fight for our families. We will also be curtailing internet use. Thanks Kathy for taking the time to make us aware of this.

Kathy said...

Thanks PW -- we need to stand for what is right and watch out for each other.

Darby said...

Just clicked 'sent'!!

Unbelievable!! I also suggested Mr. Costello visit this website for some enlightenment:

http://www.protectkids.com/effects/harms.htm

Just one of many sites explaining the dangers of porn - not only to children - but adults as well.