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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Babe, is this Sexist?

Not a lot of voting for this weeks Babe, is this Sexist? installment.  However, it ties very nicely into the week being International Anti-Street Harassment Week.

How sexist is this?  Let me count the ways.

- Objectification.  We've said it before.  Women are not cars or any other type of object.  It'd be great if advertisers, especially car advertisers, could realize this. 
- This is like a masturbatory fantasy of street harassment.  Man see's a woman he doesn't know in the street, he stares/leers at her.  She notices, yells at him, slaps him, and then starts getting sexual with him.  NOT HOW STREET HARASSMENT WORKS!  The story of this video supports the idea of street harassment as complimentary and thus supports rape culture. 
- There's also some racist, sexualized "Other" elements.  Because Latina's are sexy and tempestuous amirite?

Please remember to submit ideas of next week's Babe, is this Sexist?  We'd love submissions that have to do with street harassment (either images or statements).  Also remember to visit our Facebook page next Monday - Wednesday to vote! 

1 comment:

  1. The demands/requests for me to smile by men (strangers and acquaintances alike) are in some ways the worst. Maybe because so many don't seem to get why those are also harassing.


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