When I first saw the headlines about a mom in Utah who bought out a store's inventory of certain shirts because she found them offensive, I was ready to roll my eyes. As a longtime writer, I'm no fan of censorship, whether it's mandated by a government or somehow enforced by an individual person or group.
But the more I read about it, the more I began to see things in a different light. For one thing, what this woman did was an attempt to censor material targeting minors - PacSun's apparel is largely aimed at teens - and that's not so different from other protections for children, such as limiting what films they're allowed to see in theaters, for instance. Censorship is always a slippery slope, however, so I still feel it necessary to handle the subject with kid gloves - more on that later.
There is something, however, I can say about this issue with total confidence: The mom's strategy was brilliant.
Here's what happened: Judy Cox and her teenage son were shopping lastRead More »from Utah Mom Buys Out PacSun’s “Offensive” T-Shirt Line in Brilliant Protest