“Anyhow I settled into the Hummer with the dudes when it pulled up. I ain’t know if you been in one of these shenanigans but they are basically like a very small nice strip club inside, with no seat belts and some squiggly neon going along the edges of the ceiling. There are some ice wells for Coors Lite and Grey Goose, and there’s a button you can press if you need to throw up at Wendy’s or hear baseball scores.”—Lots of gems to be found behind the Achewood paywall
Sometimes advertising just works. Sometimes the perfect message hits the ideal audience and it all clicks. The marketing key fits right into my brain’s keyhole with a call-to-action that is literally irresistible.
"Watch now," the banner ad said. "Duran Duran’s UNSTAGED concert directed by David Lynch."
Ugh. Really, really Ugh. Ladies, sexy or not, are not an object to be used to rate things. Any things. Cool things or not cool things. Disappointed, BoingBoing.
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I fail to see the humor here. Oh, sure, I see the irony, but it’s a sort of ironic sexism, which is a lot like ironic racism. Haha, blackface! Haha, women are objects! Call me a humorless feminist, but I don’t get how semi-clever descriptions of things and an ironic scale of measurement probably designed to point out society’s blatant objectification of women is hilarious. There are other ways to poke fun at an unjust status quo that don’t appear to reinforce it.
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Oh, wait, you mean that hateful, objectifying, sexist crap was intended to be IRONIC?
Well why didn’t you just say so? As everyone knows, it is always perfectly acceptable to spew as much bigoted, harmful, objectifying, stereotype-reinforcing crap as you want, just as long as you say you were doing it IRONICALLY. And - bonus! - if anyone complains you get to laugh at them for not understanding your oh-so-clever sense of humour.
Glad we cleared that up then.
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if you want to argue that the use of the [sexy ladies], be it symbolically or ironically, is manifest objectification, and as such perpetuates the patriarchal hegemony, I think you go too far.
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Thought experiment. What if it’s a character in a novel who’s judging things in terms of sexy ladies? We may disapprove of the actions of the fictional character, but do we disapprove of the author?
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fun fact: women are not objects
fun fact: irony takes context, something that is not applicable on mass, anonymous scales like public posts. So no, this is not funny. This is sexism.