I have a low level of appreciation for pornography in the public square. (You can click here to see the offending ad campaign–I’m not going to post the photo.) Especially when it masquerades as “female creativity.” I’m glad I’m not the only one. Many thanks to Ms. Batsheva Capek–and I don’t know her, or who she is–for spearheading an effort to get this ad down. We need people on the street who recognize porn for what it is. We also need people to boycott American Apparel, whose “CEO” has been very public about using a 1970s-style porn-look to sell your 16-year-old t-shirts. The Globe reports about the story, here.
In New York City, the same ad ended up with the words “Gee, I wonder why women get raped?” written over it. It was then replaced. But the company says this:
“It is a little bit disconcerting to see what feminism has evolved into,” said Marsha Brady, one of American Apparel’s two creative directors… “When … there’s a group of people attempting to shame female creativity, female beauty, female pride under the auspices of protecting women, it’s really, really scary.”
You know what is more scary? Those who think these ads represent female creativity, female beauty or female pride.