Saturday, May 8, 2010

What Can I Say?





17 comments:

Victoria said...

My first reaction when I read these ads was, naturally, horror. And then I thought about the attitude I'm seeing, more and more, that is taken towards young women today. Less respect, more objectification...it worries me.

joanny said...

Vicki

What were we thinking? I guess some good came from WW11 -- we got to work out of the house and open ketchup bottles.

Have a Happy Mothers Day,

Joanny

jennyfreckles said...

Oh my - some things have thankfully changed...but I think there are many young women who still feel desperately insecure, and that still gets preyed on, in magazines and media.

Vicki Lane said...

Victoria--You are so right -- just the fact that 'cosmetic' surgery has become so popular among a certain set is alarming.

The ketchup bottle thing is a real plus, Joanny!

Too true, jennyfreckles.

Miss_Yves said...

Yes, "some things have thankfully changed", but not everywhere, alas !

The last picture is too funny -I'm ashamed to confess that I'm often unable to open such botles of tins!

Brian Miller said...

i am glad we have grown up a bit...

Miss_Yves said...

or tins
I 'm very happy to learn that "Calmande "exists both in French and in English

I'l try to note the point of view of one pupil about the exhibition which disgust the adults (I include myself !Except the drawings ) .

Miss_Yves said...

disgusts

Eliane Zimmermann said...

weird! let's run away into the bluebell woods!

Martin H. said...

Unfortunately, you don't have to dig too deep to find that this attitude still has an alarming prevalence in some quarters. And too often, it's displayed by those who should know much better.

Star said...

It's quite embarrassing to read those excerpts now, isn't it. However, I sometimes think that things have gone a little too much the other way now.
Blessings, Star

evalinn said...

Oh dear!

Deanna said...

We've come a long way baby!

Unfortunately, we are our own worst enemies.

Jon Lee said...

Oh my; It's good to see these old ads and remember how women were considered in the forties and fifties, but sometimes, I think, even today, that those stereotypes still exist for so many people.

Tammy said...

The more things change..the more they stay the same. The only thing that is more subtle now is the wording, (in ads--heaven forbid they say something as blatant as these ads!) but the message still comes through loud and clear. I like the word Victoria used--objectification. You can't be 'any'thing in this world unless you look, dress or act 'just so'--according to t.v., ads, etc. Sad. I feel for all these young chickies coming on in the world, trying to sort all this out.
Tammy

Vicki Lane said...

Yep -- we've come far enough that these ads are shocking and funny -- but there is still, in many parts of society, the unspoken (or spoken) belief that one has to be young and beautiful and well dressed to get anywhere in the world.

Teen aged girls are probably the most vulnerable to this kind of pressure but few of us are totally immune. Like Deanna said ...

Merisi said...

The way women have been treated by the society of men is beyond comprehension. How did they ever manage to treat us like idiots for so long? Why are so many men still convinced that females are of a lesser intellect than males?