First of all, I’m not a particular fan of censorship. Humans lust after the forbidden, always have always will. I firmly believe that education is the only way to change anything long term – legislation locks us all onto unexpected unpredicted paths so wherever possible I truly believe that education provides the only real solutions to well-considered outcomes.
That said – what the fuck is wrong with our advertising industries? Are the people working in advertising so dollar-desperate that they’ll always take the cheap shot? Actually there are a lot of really clever ads around which indicate there are very smart people working in the industry.
Why why why then is the industry moving closer and closer to bringing porn into every arena? If they don’t figure out just how pissed people are about their lazy-ass exploitation of women and children, and stop pornifying our culture, legislation to stop them will surely be along shortly. Several countires have already introduced laws to require magazine to disclose photoshopping of models in their pages.
And by the way, ads don’t do a great job showing men as strong, committed to families, honesty, trustworthy or anything other than shallow and sex-obsessed – but that’s another post.
If you’re at all concerned about the way children, girls in particular, are advertised to and you’re not sure what to do about, you could support an emerging lobby group called Miss Representation in their work.
If you have sons not daughters, consider this: the girls who are being trained to think of themselves as objects first and humans second will be the only choices around for your sons and your grandchildren.
They will have low self-esteem, mental health issues like depression and life-threatening eating disorders.
And since it’s more often than not women who work in nursing homes, these girls are the women who’ll be looking after you in your old age. Is that what you want for your future?
Watch this vid, visit misrepresentation.org and see how you can help (it’s okay you won’t have to do stuff you’re not confident about, just go visit and see…)
So yes, sex sells – but it’s selling us out to the tackiest bidder.