Do not objectify women unless they are trying to sell you something, of course. Then, you are more than welcome to do so. At the beginning of the year, I wrote about women selling nudes for money donated to organizations fighting wildfires in Australia.
Objectification is something I am confused about. It seems like it is the new “Is butter good for you?” or “Are eggs good for you?” For years, we have been hearing how butter is good, then, that it is not (and you should eat margarine instead), and the same with eggs (they will help you live longer vs. they will kill you).
The thing that no one has ever disputed is that sex sells. Women know it and are not afraid to use it to get what they want. (But guys should not objectify them!* *without their explicit permission)
Ginger Zee served as inspiration for today’s post. Do not worry, I had no idea who she was, either, when I first read the article. Apparently, she’s ABC’s Chief Meteorologist. I do not know about you, but I do not watch the weather because it appears to be more of a guessing game than an actual science.
What did Ms. Zee do? Well, she realized that when she posts photos of her “body, hair, and legs,” she gets more Likes on Instagram. I think anyone who has had a social media account for more than a day knows that typically selfies get more attention that photos of just random things. I checked Ginger’s Instagram account and it seems that the photos that have fewer Likes are the ones showing a map of the US with weather conditions. Who cares about that? Why would you “Like” such a photo? What would liking it even mean?
Aside from realizing the obvious, she also decided to capitalize on it. She posted a photo of herself in a short dress, sitting on some steps, and asked people not to comment on it until they checked out her next post (a video on climate change). THEN, she asked them to come back to the original photo and drop a line. Really? Who does it work on? First of all, if I am viewing your photo now, I am not leaving to return and comment. Instead, I will comment now. (If you want to read this post of mine, then close it and read some of the older ones, and then come back to comment, please do so. My views go up that way. I am far from even meeting my viewing stats from last year, so go, go, GO!)
My blog is mainly divided into two segments – NROP and CW. There are people who prefer the former, while others read the latter. Some of you read both (which I am SO grateful for!!!). I understand that some things might be more of interest to you that others. I will not beat you through the head with something you are not here for. I am sure that if I now started posting pictures of kittens every day, I would gain new viewers but I would also lose some of my current readership base. It is only natural.
And then, down the hole I went…
Did you know that Friday was National Boss’ Day? (I did because I still use an old-school calendar.) Lady Gaga reminded her fans of that by posting a photo of herself wearing glasses. (I thought sexy teacher/ librarian/ secretary costumes were offensive?) In that selfie, she is wearing a top that has a plunging neckline. What does Boss’ Day have to do with a teasing selfie? From the description, we learn that we are to ask our bosses about their plans for the election day.
“Hey, Happy Boss’ Day, Boss! Btw, are you going to vote? Because, you need to vote. Right? And, by the way, who are you voting for? I need to vote, too. It’s my right. So, I need the day off. OK? Thanks. Bye.” Yea, sounds like a plan… Easy to say for someone who does not have a boss to report to.
Michael B. Jordan posted a close-up of his upper chest + neck + lower jaw, and asked people to make sure they vote this election season.
Then, it was Kylie Jenner, who posted a couple of photos of her wearing a skimpy bikini. She makes it personal by saying: “Let’s plan to vote together.” As if you could actually walk into a polling place hand in hand with Kylie.
However, what I uncovered next, I was not prepared for. It is a video compilation of various celebrities (naked) asking you to vote. Do not worry, though, you cannot see any private parts.
The video disturbed me. One of the women in the video (whose name I do not know), appears to be driving naked to the Post Office to mail her ballot. Imagine if she got stopped by the Police… Or, if, God forbid, she got into an accident. We might not be ashamed of our bodies, but last time I checked, being naked in public was a serious offense. Driving naked to cast your vote does not make sense to me. Amy Schumer tells us to: “Take your clothes off and vote!” Umm… why? What is that going to do?
I have studied marketing, however, I still cannot understand how naked celebrities are meant to convince me to vote. How is them saying “Vote” while naked any different than if they were dressed? Are they trying to insinuate they will show more once we do vote? Plus, who would want to see their bodies, anyway? Yuck.
While various studies have confirmed that sex sells, it also dispels the myth that sex can sell anything. Sex is often successfully used in sales of alcohol, entertainment, and beauty products. Not so much in banking services, appliances, and utility trucks. Maybe someone read the headline without reading the entire article. (Is this not what we learn to do in the world of social media?)
- Do sexy pics grab your attention?
- Do you pay attention to the more important issues if you are lured in with a sexy pic?
- If you did not plan on voting, would a nude photo convince you to vote?
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