I am appalled that Advertising thinks:
SEX SELLS ANYTHING.
In the early evening
Watching some casual programme,
The face of a young woman fills the screen.
And I think: 'A pantomime mask!
But under the guck, still, a pretty girl.'
Her eyes are focussed on the camera
And therefore straight into mine.
And then -
She begins mouth movements
With her brightly pasted, over-blown lips
Pouting, pursing, drawing her mouth open
As if to swallow a plump plum whole
Into the moist cave behind her teeth.
A deliberate, physical metaphor!
And not for a lollipop!
Deemed acceptable in our homes
Open to all the family!
I felt sorry for the girl - probably a puppet.
I was so shocked my mind blanked the programme.
No correlation whatsoever with the advertisement.
I weaken my protest, yes, but I'm still making it.
I have teenage grandchildren;
I feel for them
In this Sexual Bog of suggestive Advertisements.
Even if young people might not yet realize
What they are suggesting!
Cynthia Buell Thomas, Sept., 2019