Britain's ASA Rules Cara Delevingne Tom Ford Ad Not Degrading To Women

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Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority has refused to ban entirely a new Tom Ford fragrance ad starring Cara Delevingne but has ruled that the image cannot be displayed within 100 metres of any schools. The ad has been criticised as being ‘inappropriate’ and ‘degrading to women’.

Complaints mounted after a huge billboard appeared on Brick Lane in East London.

The ASA disagreed that the ad is ‘degrading to women’.

‘Whilst they [Tom Ford] accepted the model was nude…they believe neither her pose nor facial expression were sexually suggestive and were classical in nature, and had been depicted in art,’ ruled the official ASA statement.

A Tom Ford Beauty spokesperson argued that the advert was “sensuous, not sexual”, adding that it was displayed in a ‘hip urban neighbourhood in which commercial advertising of a similar artistic aesthetic was common’.

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Kim Kardashian As Fertility Goddess? A Politically Incorrect Take On Jean-Paul Goude's Paper Magazine Images Pt 1

Kim Kardashian As Fertility Goddess? A Politically Incorrect Take On Jean-Paul Goude’s Paper Magazine Images Pt 1

My Life Beliefs:

1. Humanity first began in Africa and then migrated across the globe.

2. Goddesses preceeded gods as the powerful forces of the universe, and monotheism’s one god. Monotheism finished off the goddesses for good.

3. Goddesses were frequently associated with procreation and fertility and those evolutionary beliefs are part of our DNA.

4. The earliest goddesses were most-likely dark-skinned and African. If that statement appears racist, there is nothing I can do about it. 

5. Jung’s concept of the ‘collective unconscious’ is real. As humans we inherit a body of psychological, physical, social experiences in our unconscious minds. Fertility goddesses are embedded in our collective unconscoius minds, and they are not going anywhere.

6. Life provides us with teaching moments. Rather than verbally pummel Paper Magazine’s and also Refinery 29’s values with comments like this one from Katie, writing on Refinery 29:

I think perhaps what most people find disappointing in all of the posting about Kim Kardashian is because she doesn’t reflect what most of us would consider the values of a truly strong 21st century woman. R29, from what I can tell, values the forward thinking, independent, and stylish woman; someone who has a career, goals, and (gasp) orgasms. Kim is a mockery of all things that a female role model should be, and not because of her naked photos. Nudity isn’t even shocking anymore. What I’m basically saying is that we, as loyal readers, expect that the women and celebrities that R29 post about and celebrate is a reflection of the company’s values. Much like when there was an uproar over Vogue putting her on the cover because many felt that Kim didn’t reflect the ideal Vogue woman, I find myself resenting R29 for showcasing a woman who frankly defies many of the ideals R29 promotes (you know…like being an intelligent person who’s worth isn’t 100% defined by looks)

 … could we talk about this topic and explore it from multiple angles? Note that Refinery 29 was taking heat for being the lead website writing and promoting the Paper magazine editorial. I admit to being astounded that Katie believes that Kim Kardashian is nothing but a high class porn star. It’s a bit like Victoria’s Secret’s Sophia Neophitou calling Kate Upton a footballer’s wife with a face anyone can buy. 

'Angels' By Russell James Is 304 Pages Of Nude Artistry & Sensuality

‘Angels’ By Russell James Is 304 Pages Of Nude Artistry & Sensuality

The photographs are very honest and they show women in their best light. They aren’t vulgar, they are sexy but sensual, and that is what I love,” said longtime Victoria’s Secret model Karolina Kurkova at the September 11 launch party at Russell’s good friend Donna Karan’s Stephen Weiss gallery . “People like to work with him because he makes them feel comfortable and he’s artistic. It is timeless, and something you’d like framed in your house.