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Australian feminist questions ban on sexy advertisement

DPA | By, Sydney
Oct 22, 2010 11:25 PM IST

A leading Australian feminist slammed the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) for banning a billboard advertising campaign for Calvin Klein jeans it considered "suggestive of violence and rape".

A leading Australian feminist on Friday slammed the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) for banning a billboard advertising campaign for Calvin Klein jeans it considered "suggestive of violence and rape".

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Melbourne University lecturer Lauren Rosewarne told national broadcaster ABC that the ASB was wrongly equating group sex with gang rape.

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She said that "apparently there's no capacity to even consider that a woman just might agree to this kind of sex".

The hoardings, which were taken down in Sydney and Melbourne after more than 50 complaints, depict model Lara Stone, the Dutch-born wife of British comedian David Walliams, without most of her clothes and being wrestled by near-naked men.

"The board considered that the image was demeaning to women by suggesting that she is a plaything of these men," the ASB said in its ruling. "It also demeans men by implying sexualised violence against women."

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