Saturday, September 6, 2008

Sex and the Swedish Censor

The European Union is flexing its politically correct muscles again, this time taking straight aim at what they deem advertisements that portray women as sex objects.    The woman behind this initiative is Eva-Britt Svensson, a 62-year old member of the European parliament (MEP) who has never been accused of being a Swedish beauty.     I wonder how the French, Italians, and even the Brits feel about this dictum. 

They’re the ones that have the most to lose, since they dominate the fashion and beauty scene in Europe and beyond.  The Swedes, on the other hand, are really the “enablers,” since they supply the tall, nubile, full-breasted blondes who model the clothes and beauty products that grace the pages of fashion magazines and billboards.  That must really curl the hair on Svensson’s legs.

Although Svennson’s initiative is directed at television, it will have a chilling effect on other advertising if it passes Parliament, and it may even affect French and British politics.  Imagine Carla Bruni, the beautiful first lady of France, being banned from her husband’s next TV campaign because she’s too sexy.  Or imagine a Chanel ad starring Ugly Betty (actually, that might be really cool).


Eva-Britt Svensson

 




What bothers me most is the assumption that women…

  1. Find sexy photos of women offensive
  2. Are so stupid that they can’t distinguish between fantasy (advertising) and reality
  3. Will give up their jobs and become housewives, circa 1954, because of these images

If Svensson and the European Parliament want to get behind an important reform, they should endorse the Italian fashion designers campaign against anorexia, supported by the Italian government.  They ran billboards of an anorexic woman to drive the message home, and the designers banned size 0 models from the runway. 

Keira Knightley, the stunning British beauty in Atonement, defined another issue recently that Svensson might like.  Knightley stars in the upcoming movie, The Duchess, and she fired a warning shot at the studio’s promotion department when she said she didn’t want her breasts digitally enhanced in the billboards and advertising.  Knightley likes her Audrey Hepburn-like figure, and just might be sending a real life message to young girls that they don’t need implants in order to be beautiful and sexy.  Now that would be a real win for women!  

1 comment:

Siladitya said...

Did Steve Harvey copy the book title Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man

and theme from an earlier book?



Book with same title & theme copyrighted and published by Sharon P. Carson in 2003





CHICAGO, IL – Sharon P. Carson the author of the original title: Act Like A Lady –Think Like A Man, watched the February 27th episode of the Ophra show on which Steve Harvey was promoting his book of the same title. She was hoping that Steve would reveal to Oprah where he got the title and the theme for the book. It just seemed odd to her that his book had the same title and theme as her book that was copy written in 2003.



Upon subsequently purchasing the book, she found some interesting parallels and realized that it is not unusual for a high profiled person to take a great title and theme, rewrite a book and use their celebrity status to sell it. This she says happens too often to the unsung poets, authors and entrepreneurs of the world.



Steve wrote in his book that his hope was to “empower you with a wide-open look into the minds of men”. Sharon P. Carson wrote in her book in 2003 that her hope was for women to gain some insight into how men think in terms of relationships. Sharon also noted that in chapter 8 of Steve Harvey’s book titled “Why Men Cheat” he came to the same conclusion that she did in chapter 37 of her book, titled “Why would a man cheat”, and the answer was, “because they can”.



Sharon actively promoted her book before the release in January 2009 of Steve Harvey’s book, and would not like to see her promotion efforts hindered. She feels that her book has much to offer from a woman’s perspective and seeks to empower women to practice self love and tough love in relationships.



Before the publication of Steve Harvey’s book of the same title, Sharon bought the domain name: www.actlikealadythinklikeaman.com from which she has been selling her book. She has also held seminars with women at a Chicago University in promotion of her book, and can be viewed on the following youtube clip as she was being interviewed on a cable television program about her book in 2007 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxVVQX15X2Y.



Mindful of all the self - published poets and authors who have a hard time finding publishers for their works, Sharon is currently consulting with attorneys regarding her options, and hopes that her book with the first and original title of Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man will finally receive the recognition it deserves for the wisdom, encouragement, and empowerment that it provides to women.