Sh*t Said on the Streets

Yesterday was not a good day for me.  I spent most the night bowing to the porcelain throne and had to call in sick for work.  About the middle of the day I dragged my sorry, sick self out of my house and headed to a coffee shop to check my email.  I had thrown on a sweatshirt, and sweatpants and one didn’t have to look very hard to see that I hadn’t spent much time on my hair.  When you don’t feel good looking good isn’t on the top of your priority list.

My time spent at the coffee shop did not improve my mood, nor my stomach.  I gave up after I spilled my drink everywhere.  I was nauseous and on the verge of tears by the time I headed back to my car.  As I was walking back some guy on a construction site whistled at me (way to live into the stereotype…).  I felt anything but flattered.  If I had been feeling better I would have had some choice words for him and most likely would have flipped him the bird.  Instead though I pulled my belongings closer and tried to walk quickly and inconspicuously to my car.  I pulled the door shut and burst into tears.

Not only did this mans attention not make me feel flattered it made me feel helpless.  It did not feel like a compliment.  It did not feel like I was being respected.  It felt like I was being judged.  It felt like I was being objectified.  I also felt like the butt of a joke considering how awful I looked.  So, thank you random man for making my bad day a little worse.  And if you are a man who has ever cat-called a woman, whistled at her, or in any other way contributed to street harassment then shame on you.

This video made me feel a little better.  Enjoy.

Shit Men Say to Men Who Say Shit to Women on the Street

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Fiat Car Commercials…Not Much Has Changed

I don’t usually watch television, mostly because I do not have one.  Recently though I have been staying with someone who has one.  These Fiat commercials caught my attention.

This one is from the 2012 Superbowl:

The other I’ve seen a lot has Charlie Sheen in them, who has a history of violence towards women.

After looking into Fiat’s advertising history they are repeatedly guilty of using sex to sell cars.  Granted they are not the only car company to do so.  Nor are they the only company to do so.  Sex and women’s bodies are constantly being used to sell products, no matter how unrelated the product is to women or their bodies.

Here are a couple advertisements from the 60’s and 70’s.

The best one though is a tv advertisement in Argentina created by the Leo Burnett agency.  What do you think, sexy or sexist?

Here’s to ending on a better note and the public showing resistance to the objectification of women in advertising.