Lara Stone's recent campaign for Calvin Klein Jeans has come under fire for playing with themes of violence and gang rape. The Australian Advertising Standards Bureau received many complaints from their workers after many believed that the ads promoted violence. As a result, billboards with the campaign have been taken down across Australia.
"The Board considered that whilst the act depicted could be consensual, the overall impact and most likely takeout is that the scene is suggestive of violence and rape,’’ it said.
"The Board considered that the image was demeaning to women by suggesting that she is a plaything of these men. It also demeans men by implying sexualised violence against women.''
Psychologist Alison Gundy agreed: "If we continue to subject future generations of young men to great barrages of aggressive, misogynist, over-sexualised and violent imagery in pornography, movies, computer games and advertising, we will continue to see the rates of sexual violence against women and children that continue unabated today. Or worse."
Do you think the decision was right, or are we all being too sensitive? Recently, Carine Roitfeld told the New York Times that censoring has become too much. "[W]hat I can see is that now, the censoring is bigger than it was 20, 30 or 40 years ago. I think we have less freedom. Today some pictures would not even be publishable," she explained.
"It’s not just about the nudity, but when you talk about things politically, the military, kids, it would all be politically incorrect and not publishable today...we have to fight to keep this un-politically correct attitude of French Vogue, but it’s more and more difficult to be able [to] do that." She continued, "You cannot smoke, you cannot show arms, you cannot show little girls, because everyone now is very anxious not to have problems with the law. Everything we do now is like walking in high heels on the ice, but we keep trying to do it."