has society become some vapid and vacuous that "sex sells" needs to encroach practically everything?
Can you think of anything that hasn't got a pretty (instant I would) girl selling it?
Well yes, acksherly. A computer monitor I bought, recently, seemed completely devoid of any scantily clad women in any adverts for it I've seen - same with a mobile phone. In fact I can think of plenty of things that I'd buy that don't (from what I can remember, anyways) seem to leverage T&A to sell them.
On the other hand, there does seem to be some kind of arms race mentality with the inclusion of it in certain magazines. As I said before, T3 and Stuff are the ones that most puzzle me - they don't seem "lads mags" in quite the same way as what I think we're discussing (although, admittedly, both, perhaps, are predominantly bought by "lads" - of various degrees of maturity, though).
I suspect they obviously understand their demographic, but all the same, it does seem a bit artificial and stilted - in a way that other magazines focused or targeted on techies / nerd don't seem quite so played.
As to the impact - well it's not something I feel strongly about - but then I don't really object to them covering them up with black bags, either - I'm not getting the harm of that, either. I suppose the thing with it's impact, is you can't unsee things, and as much as we may want to believe it's all the fault of parents with kids who assert they are screwed up because of unrealistic media portrayal - all the same, we can't ignore the wider aspect of societal conditioning in the maturing of kids - people don't live in a bubble, and there's only so long that the parents are viable role models during a childs evolution, before their natural pathos makes them look to the wider society for influence(s).
If there's any real "crime" it must surely be false bloody advertising - photoshhop, airbrushing and that special magic they work that somehow manages to fleetingly disguise the cynical sneer or any true hint of the person behind the eyes, can't be that far from breaching some ASA guidelines, surely?
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