Competition Time. October 26, 2005Posted by Winter in body politics, gender issues, WTF.
By Siberian Falls
Sometimes you hear a story on the radio that makes you drop your jaw in disbelief. I was walking home for lunch when the news interrupted my otherwise pleasant listening to the Jo Whiley show on Radio 1. I know what you are thinking, this is what I get for listening to radio 1! I know, will I ever learn? This was their leading story, as copied from their website.
‘Zoo magazine is in trouble for running a “Win a boob job for your girlfriend!” competition on their front page. Inside it said “Make your lady a more rounded individual with our feel-good, selfless, world-first competition. Zoo is giving away a £4k boob job for your partner and a £1k cash prize for you!” The ad could put pressure on some women to have potentially harmful surgery and so is irresponsible, the Advertising Standards Authority ruled.’
Win a ‘boob job’ for your girlfriend?!? A spokesman for the magazine has countered criticism by saying with relation to the women concerned ‘obviously we would ask them permission first!’
Which of the following is more depressing as a feminist? The very existence of this type of competition or that fact that a significant proportion of entrants receiveded are actually from women?
The radio 1 website are inviting comments on this issue. If you want somewhere to indulge in some good old fashioned ranting this afternoon , you may visit the page here: