Repost of an old one: Corona

March 17, 2009 at 2:13 pm (ethical buying choices, exploitation, feminism, men hate you)

I’m reposting this previous post because I feel like it.  I posted so much in February that a lot of my older posts were skipped over.  However, out of deference to those who have read it, I will put most of it under the cut (I’ve edited it a bit too to fix errors).
Corona is joining the grrlcott list with Ryanair and Nestle.

It’s cheating because I hate beer anyway, but I’ll still do it.

Ok I know beer ads have a long anti women history. I know. And see Corona, I get that you think you were being equal when you tried to have two posters, one with a woman, one with a man. But you failed.

Read the rest of this entry »

Permalink Leave a Comment

Terry Pratchett Breaks My Heart

September 30, 2008 at 12:37 pm (Books, ethical buying choices, exploitation, feminism) (, )

Making Money is not the best Discworld novel I’ve ever read. But it is good. better than most novels out there. Until you get to this bit:

“Yes, I suppose all he can do is ogle the young ladies.” There was some sniggering from the students.
“So? They’re paid to be ogled at,” said Moist. “They are professional oglees. It’s an ogling establishment. For oglers.”

REALLY Pratchett?! It’s ok to objectify women as long as they’re paid for it? It’s ok to force an entire half of the population (more than actually) to be objectified and degraded and to have some of that half be put in a position where the best option they have is to wrap a bikini clad body around a pole for money?

Your lack of insight saddens me. You’ve created an entire world full of strong female characters, weak female characters, strong male ones and weak male ones. There were angles to all of them and your books are brilliant. But I doubt I’ll be paying for them from this point on. As with Ryanair, the cost is too high.

Permalink Leave a Comment

Corona

September 29, 2008 at 1:54 pm (equal opportunity, ethical buying choices, exploitation, feminism, men hate you, Rapists) (, , , , )

Corona is joining the list with Ryanair and Nestle.

It’s cheating because I hate beer anyway, but I’ll still do it.

Ok I know beer ads have a long anti women history. I know. And see Corona, I get that you think you were being equal when you tried to have two posters, one with a woman, one with a man. You failed.

I wish I could link to the two posters, but I can’t find pictures of them anywhere. It’s a shame. If anyone reading this is going to be at Ciampino airport anytime soon, take a photo for me please? thanks.

So, the posters. One is of a man in board shorts with a Corona in his hand and his top flying off him in pieces as if it’s been ripped.

The other is of a woman in a top with her jackets doing the same thing as the man’s and two corona bottles being clicked together in front of it.

They both say “Corona: it’s only the beginning”.

so you can clearly see the effort to not bee seen as offensive. Note, they didn’t try not to be offensive, just not to be seen that way. The woman was even left with her top on, all private parts completely covered up.

But there are two bottles in hers. Her strip show is for someone. There is a gaze on her toasting another bottle to the fact that her clothes are coming off. And women being drugged, or purposely fed alcohol to get them blind drunk so they can be raped is a very real and common problem. This ad is not cool. It is also not on the same wavelength as the men’s ad. Not even close.

Nice try Corona, but I see through it. And in my sleep deprived brain at 6am, I still managed to see through it and analyse it out enough to know what disturbed me about those ads. And I’ve never been used in that manner. You failed.

Go join your two new best friends. You won’t be welcome in my house anymore.

Permalink Leave a Comment

Ryanair

September 29, 2008 at 1:04 pm (arsehats, ethical buying choices, exploitation, feminism, men hate you) (, , , )

My plane trip from Rome to Frankfurt was the first time I’ve ever flown Ryanair. It will also be the last. Besides being utterly and unforgivably rude to their customers, they are misogynistic. A calendar of their air hostesses in their bikinis? Are you freaking kidding me Ryanair? I don’t care how cheap your tickets are, the cost is too high.

And I don’t care how cheap the services are, being rude to paying customers is unforgivable and uncalled for.

You are now officially on my Grrrlcott list. Say hello to Nestle while you’re there.

Permalink 1 Comment

Major Newspaper gets it right (almost)

July 17, 2008 at 11:45 am (exploitation, smh) (, , )

for once.

An article discussing PETA’s misogynistic tactics. It doesn’t condemn the sexism enough for my taste, but it is a mainstream newspaper.

At this point I’ll take what I can get.

Permalink 2 Comments