Ever since its merger with Kmart in 2005, the fortunes of the family store Sears, Roebuck, & Co. have declined, its income plunging by 84%. Desperate for sales, the 120-year-old American family store has gone pornographic.
It began in August 2010, when Sears started selling soft porn on its website. The next year, in May 2011, Sears online “upgraded” to selling hard-core pornographic DVDs and music with unimaginatively-titled but sexually-explicit fare as “Lesbian Sistas,” “Hot Mamas Like Young Chicks,” “Hot and Exotic,” and “Snatched - Curse of the Pink Panties”.
American Family Association (AFA) sent out an alert, after which Sears was flooded with calls of complaint. The store issued an apology and withdrew the porno DVDs and music from its inventory — but only temporarily.
AFA soon discovered that Sears online was selling men’s and women’s “I ♥ Butt Plugs” t-shirts for $13.99 to $15.99 each. A butt plug is a sex toy, shorter than a dildo, that’s designed to be inserted in the anus and rectum. It must have a flanged end to prevent the plug from being lost inside the rectum.
So AFA protested again, and once again Sears backed off and pulled the butt plug t-shirts from the company’s website on March 6, 2012.
But that, too, turned out to be temporary. For in July 2012, the AFA discovered that not only had Sears resumed selling sexually explicit products, the “family store” had added bestiality to its wares. Sears Online was selling how-to manuals on bestiality and zoophilia with such titles as Dearest Pet, On Bestiality and Bestiality and Zoophilia: Sexual Relations with Animals, containing graphic descriptions, drawings and sketches.
Once again the AFA protested. Once again, Sears appeared to back off. But the “family store” is at its old tricks again — this time “branching out” to S-M or sadomasochism.
Someone discovered that Sears Online was offering a leather bondage outfit for men called “Elegant Moments Elegant Moment L9663 men piece adjustable harness set includes leather harness arm“:
Once again, Sears feigned backing off by withdrawing the L9663 S-M leather harness from its website, saying that the product “is no longer available.”
Once again, however, Sears is being deceptive. For on the same webpage where it announces that the men’s L9663 leather harness is no longer available, the “family store” offers a number of “related items” that include another men’s S-M leather harness, L9989; a women’s S-M leather and chain outfit, L9118; as well as nurse outfits for fetishists and an array of skimpy women’s underwear.
Here’s a screenshot I took of the “related items,” showing the time (4:22 PM) and date (8/11/2013) when I took it, in the event Sears pulls those items as well.
By now, it is clear that calling Sears or signing petitions is a complete waste of our time and energy.
My recommendation is to just STOP buying from Sears.
The only thing I own that was purchased from Sears is a hand-held vacuum cleaner. When it conks out, I will replace it with a vacuum cleaner from another manufacturer and another store.