Monday, 15 November 2010

Shock tactics

The "casual" sexism of many a housewife-oriented ad pales almost into insignificance when you are confronted with the truly misogynistic that has appeared in the history of design and advertising. Some of the ads featured on a Digital Journalism blog posting – a collection of sexist, but also racist or just disturbing, ads – are explicitly shocking, some would be essentially illegal today. Others are "laughably" questionable – even if the laugh gets stuck in the throat when the next image might literally question whether it's always illegal to kill a woman. Consigned, I hope, to history, even if its disturbingly recent history.

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