Does Calvin Klein Ad Suggest Rape?
SodaHead Living 2010/10/22 13:51:47
A racy Calvin Klein ad depicting a gorgeous near-naked young woman surrounded by three half-naked men is being yanked from billboards after critics complained it suggests gang rape.
Calvin Klein has been no stranger to controversy for the last 30 or so years, and fashion-watchers know the brand actually courts it, intentionally crossing the line.
But this ad, which shows the woman being straddled by a man while another pulls her hair, went too far for Advertising Standards Bureau in Australia, the Herald Sun reports.
"The Board considered that whilst the act depicted could be consensual, the overall impact and most likely takeout is that the scene is suggestive of violence and rape," according to the case report.
"The Board considered that the image was demeaning to women by suggesting that she is a plaything of these men. It also demeans men by implying sexualized violence against women.''
Sexual assault workers and women’s advocates were among those calling for the billboards to be taken down. We can see their point, but for a Calvin Klein ad, it doesn't seem all that shocking to us.
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