Friday, February 20, 2009

(More) rape implications in fashion ads  

While flipping through Allure magazine to find pictures of models to cut out for an art display I'm making for Eating Disorder Awareness Week, I found this horrible page. It's meant to display clothes, but all I see is what appears to be a drugged or knocked out woman with her shirt unbuttoned, while a looming man zips up his pants behind her. It looks like it was taken moments after a rape took place. Why would they position their models this way? It blows my mind how little the fashion industry cares about the potential effects of their advertisements. Just as long as we buy the clothes, right?

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2 comments: to “ (More) rape implications in fashion ads

  • February 23, 2009 at 5:42 PM  

    Great blog! I think your posts are very open, honest, and to the point. Seeing this image, I think it's horrible that the media perpetuates ideas like rape, as well as the fashion industry as a whole which doesn't help the self esteem of many young girls around the country. There needs to be more of a balance in the fashion industry between showing the "ideal" stick-figure female and showing the actual average woman.

  • February 23, 2009 at 6:15 PM  

    It'd be far more sexy if she were looking up at the guy.

    I mean, it's perfectly plausible she's just stretching and the camera caught her not looking at him, but...