Watch this.

vid on youtube [sorry about lack of embedding, can’t seem to get it to work today – fixed ~tt]

Then read this.

Of course there is still a long way to go before we see anything other than a young apparently TAB woman in these ads. But maybe it’s a start? What do you think?

Categories: gender & feminism, media

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  1. Most of the comments on the SMH article were positive, but the comment from y-chromosome – urk:

    Advertise whatever you want in womens magazines, etc. But I hate watching tampon ads while eating my dinner. It’s natural and probably instinctual from an evolutionary perspective that males find menstruation unappealing – I’d say we’re wired for it. Women don’t have to understand it, but as males we REALLY don’t want to talk about it or hear about it unless you have a medical problem or other good reason. We understand it’s natural, normal and human, but so are a lot of other things we may not want in our face. Please just accept that we’re different and keep it to the girls.

    Commentor newswithnipples (that nick seems familiar) responded with a question as to whether he feels similarly about ads for toilet paper. He didn’t respond, but other men come in to run with the women’s-bits-are-icky baton by unconsciously acknowledging the article’s central point – Westerners are really squicked by body fluids – they ended up arguing that nappies, condoms and incontinence pads really shouldn’t be advertised either because anyone who needs them knows where to get them, as if advertising is meant to be educational. *snort*
    Anyone teaching gender studies should bookmark this article to reference in class.

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