Sensitivities and Sensibilities: Moving Beyond The Festival
As it became apparent once again, Art - like most creative forms of expression, is often debatable or debated. But ads? A girl student has mailed me to ask "If an image has to help in trying to sell products to women, why do ad agencies use one that men are more likely to find exciting? Are bare shoulders necessary to sell something worn on the wrist?" (Italics mine - Z) She sent me this as one example and has asked where she could protest about advertisers who use women's sexuality to market goods. Answers, anyone? Just to put things into a global perspective: "Today, the media industry is worth billions of dollars. DirecTV, a subsidiary of General Motors Corporation, the world’s largest company, now sells more graphic sex films every year than Larry Flynt, owner of the Hustler empire", says C. J. Onyejekwe (Sociologist). Much of this has to do with the male myth of being superior - a myth, supported through years of patriarchy, if not originating in then certainly being strengthened by religious views. wtf!