Sexy Dames Ahead

This picture is one of the sexiest pictures I’ve ever seen:

Sexy Picture

American Beauty was a decent enough film, and Mena Suvari was attractive, but the photograph above — modeled after that iconographic image from American Beauty — is a masterpiece. It captures the woman’s beauty, it shows off her curves; it captures an essential sexiness that Mena Suvari just couldn’t grasp.  It’s a beautiful, amazing picture.

And if you’ve been paying attention to the blogosphere today, you know that it’s part of an ad campaign from Brazil promoting a product called Fit Yogurt: a non-fat yogurt.  The text roughly translates to, "Forget it. Men’s preferences will never change. Fit Light Yogurt."  I suppose the connotation is supposed to be that men aren’t going to find women like the model in this picture attractive, so women should go find non fat yogurt.

A lot of people find this ad campaign offensive; me, I just think it’s dumb.  Granted, I’m not part of the target demographic, so maybe if I were a woman I’d find the ad depressing and I’d fall for its hype.  But as a man, I’m just not turned on by women who have bodies like a pre-pubescent boy, despite what shows up on television; Ellen Pompeo will never be sexy, no matter how much hair she has.

So the ad is blatantly wrong; there are lots of men (and plenty of women) who find women like the one in this ad sexy.  And, of course, societal norms of beauty have changed; skinny has only been sexy for the past century or so.  For centuries before that, larger was better because it denoted health and prosperity.  But I suspect that these facts won’t matter for a lot of the women in this ad’s target demographic.  There’s so much pressure on women to be skinny in western culture, and I suspect that it’s this pressure, more than "men’s preferences", that drive these sorts of ads.

So, this ad just leaves me confused, a bit offended, kind of annoyed, and in desperate need of a cold shower.

(Thanks to filk singer Tom Smith for the heads up.)

One thought on “Sexy Dames Ahead”

  1. “I’m just not turned on by women who have bodies like a pre-pubescent boy” – I’ve been saying this for years. Every time my wife complains about not looking like a poorly drawn stick figure I say this same line, and it gets quite annoying to me when she suggests that’s what men want. I guess growing up reading books by Edgar Rice Burroughs with cover art by guys like Frank Frazetta sorta set in my mind what a woman should look like. Plenty of curves. Nicole Ritchey and Paris Hilton just look way too much like little boys to me.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.