Originally published on The Conversation
Advertising and sex are two of the oldest professions in the world. Indeed, one of the earliest uses of advertising was to advertise sexual services; prostitutes in Ancient Greece carved ads into the soles of their sandals so that their footprints read: “Follow me”.
Sex and sexism, however, are different things. One is fun and most people do it at some time in their lives; the other is offensive and should never be done at all. But if recent events – from Eddie McGuire to Steve Price – are any indication, it seems sexism, like porn, is something you only know when you see it.
If you need to know how this plays out in advertising, the award-winning Game of Balls ad is sex-in-advertising. The Ultratune ads are sexism in advertising, as is the campaign using pre-teen models in sexualised poses to advertise dancewear.Read more
Foxtel's publicity stunt highlights failure of Advertising Industry self-regulation
We were recently alerted to a billboard in Sydney advertising the Foxtel Channel "Studio." The billboard featured an image of a man preparing to have sex with a pig.Read more
Calls for new Inquiry into the sexualisation of children in advertising
As published on the AMA website.
The AMA is calling for a new Inquiry into the premature sexualisation of children in marketing and advertising.
AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, said today that self-regulation by the advertising industry is clearly not working.