that rapey calvin klein ad
So I am sure that many of you by now have heard that the government of Australia has banned this Calvin Klein ad, citing its suggestion to sexual violence.
As a sex-positive feminist, it takes a lot to offend me. I don't have a problem with using sex to sell products because SEX IS AWESOME! and it is something that all humans can relate to. I do, however, have a problem when glorified sexualized violence is selling a product.
Let me back up for a minute. Consensual, safe abuse during sex and getting gang-banged are solely up to the discretion of the individual(s), and I don't believe in judging other people's fetishes (as long as they don't infringe on someone else's sexual freedom). There's plenty of women who enjoy having consensual sex with multiple partners at once, and there is nothing wrong with that . This image is depicting a ~*fashionable*~ Lara Stone, presumably involved in a gang bang, except the subtext is that of violence. She does not appear to be in the throes of passion. With her hair being pulled and a decidedly unglamorous look on her face, the underlying message seems to suggest a total lack of consent on the part of Lara's photo character.
That's why this image is problematic. Any sexual activity, no matter how kinky or raunchy it is, should always be predicated on the notion of willing and enthusiastic participation on behalf of all parties involved. This photo does not present any such avidity from Lara Stone and thus crosses the line into glamorization of sexual violence.
I like Calvin Klein and I adore Lara Stone, but this is absolutely indefensible. Rape culture doesn't exist? Um, okay.