Thursday, January 29, 2009
Touching her breast with her hand while eating broccoli
It's only with inauthentic regret that I apologize, in the past few days, for posting on subjects of prurient interest.
But it's hard to ignore a virile video which has created the double-controversy of being banned from the airwaves for the Superbowl broadcast, and angering feminists because it objectifies women while encouraging people to abandon meat as a foodstuff.
I respect vegetarians. Some of my best friends are vegetarians. I am not. I will eat most things that don't move, and some that do.
The ad in question is suggestive, though hardly pornographic. They would have been smart to add a nearly naked handsome young man to the mix.
There's a longer discussion needed. Are any ads which use these tactics worth banning, or should they be protected as free-speech? When does the erotic cross the line into objectification? What's a man to do when he sees an ad like this and his lizard brain is saying, "Well, yes, give me veggies!" Is a vegetarian lifestyle the appropriate lifestyle for all of us? And what's wrong with a little chicken now and again?
BTW, here's the hamster on a piano, referred to in one of the linked articles.