I like how a man is trying to decide whether women should have the right to abort . I am sure that if he had been the unfortunate victim of rape and was carrying the resulting child he would be thinking differently.
To the anon - while I understand how someone could view this site as just "complaining" and not active, I think what this site does is so important. The reason sexist ads are so pervasive is because people don't notice them anymore! We're asleep to the objectification of women because it's all around us. Sites like this wake us up to what's happening and force us to re-examine what we think is a "normal" way to sell a product. Thanks for doing what you guys do.
Not meaning to be offensive, but I never understood why you chose to try combat sexist advertising by complaining. In any other case, protesting like this would at least help, but for ads it's all about what makes the most money, and fanservice is most definitely profitable. People will very rarely choose to stop buying a product because they hate the ads, and the marketing guys know that. In other words, I don't see how a blog like this is meant to make any meaningful impact.
Cross “It’s all about business”, “You’re not making any difference!” and “What’s the point of you?” off your bingo cards, kids.
"Not meaning to be offensive" is, as ever, a Free Square.
This super sexist swedish ad is so horrible. The ad is for website where you can rent video games. The text says “Dear Åsa, I promise to never, ever, ever buy a video game again. Your Tiger” and below it says “Finally a promise that’s easy to keep. Never buy video games, just rent them.” This is so stupid I don’t even know where to begin. Apparently no women play video games and women always have a problem with their boyfriends playing videogames. And the puppy, seriously.
Can I ask you guys what you think of these Truvia commercials?I just saw one recently reusing the footage while applying the melody of a Christmas song but I rather "enjoy" these ones better. There are a few of these and while these are less overt I still find this whole "All women have an uncontrollable sweet tooth" thing to just be getting old. I am also getting sick of men and meat-product commercials. WHY CAN'T I LAUGH WHILE EATING SALAD!
That is some major bullshit. But I’m having trouble unpacking it because resolution season had just made me irritable. (I cannot exercise! Stop hounding me commercials!)
I really hate any food commercial that shows a relationship with food that goes anywhere but “I LOVE YOU SO MUCH NOM NOM NOM”. Furtive eating (the donut one) and shame is creepy, especially in an ad anyone can see - that may be triggering for someone with an ED. It shouldn’t be complex, you know what I mean?
But they want to show the benefits of their sugar replacement - it would just be a bit better to show both men and women happy about their cakes not interfering with their jeans.
I am loathing this month and the ads everywhere for diets and exercising more than usual. I can’t even do a guilty walk or swim this year, so I am just pissed. It leads to some shitty thinking.
Wow, these anons are really getting hurt feelings over something as decent as adding a requested trigger warning for someone! Thank you for being kind to someone who needed the warning and ignoring the stupidity.
Would you mind adding a trigger warning to your response to the anon who doesn't like trigger warnings? Language was a little harsh. Thanks.
Yes, we would.
Here’s how I feel about trigger warnings on this site.
Generally, people come to this site knowing what it is - a collection of sexist commercials. Usually you’ll see stuff like women doing the cleaning, or men being presented as incompetent manchildren whom women have to look after. That sort of thing doesn’t really need a trigger, especially considering the name of the blog.
But that minicab PSA? That’s a special case. That goes beyond “Hey look, boobs!” or “Women! Know Your Limits!” Those sorts of ads do need a trigger because of the explicit content.
We won’t put trigger warnings on everything, but we see no problem with putting trigger warnings on more extreme examples.
If having to read the words “Trigger Warning” on a blog is somehow distressing to you then, y’know, maybe you shouldn’t be reading blogs like this one.
I can't believe that a website specifically designed to point out sexism in advertising is being bullied by the nonsense "trigger warning" police. Maybe if they don't like being exposed to the harsh reality of media patriarchy they can go follow a blog about unicorns and double rainbows.
You’re right. A polite request from a concerned reader is totally bullying. Thanks for opening our eyes there, Ringo.