The annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show aired last week, and alongside the #vsfashionshow tweets, another--#loveconsent--was making its mark.
It seemed for a moment that Victoria's Secret had made a big leap forward with the launch of a new "PINK Loves Consent" line, a message promoting positive messages about women's bodies and consent for sex.
Featuring models (most of whom looked nothing like Victoria's Angles walking the runway) clad lingerie bearing messages such as "No means no," "Ask first" and "Consent is sexy," the campaign posed the women next to horrifyingly real stats on rape culture.
Sentiment online was overwhelmingly positive, with women posting photos from the campaign on Tumblr and tweeting their approval of an empowering, anti-rape culture message.
Of course the campaign, despite the official-looking website branding, was not actually made by Victoria's Secret, and soon the undie giant had lawyers issuing a cease and desist order to the activist group behind PinkLovesConsent.com. Twitter initially shut down the @LoveConsent Twitter account and forced the campaign's site offline (both have since been restored).
FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, the team behind the Pink Loves Consent campaign, explains their goals: