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Sex doesn't sell

2008-10-09 12:40:04.884488+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

I wish that Violet Blue: Sex doesn't sell went a little deeper into the topic, she starts by pointing out that the Village Voice has dropped Rachel Kramer Bussel, Audacia Ray (who has her own list of recent dropped sex columns) and Tristan Taormino, along with various other media cutbacks, She asks a few questions of Steve Hall, of Adrants, but I think there's room to go much deeper on this topic.

I'm not sure how to structure that essay, though, I know that the world feels a lot less sexy of late, I think there's a metaphor for a lot of stuff in how the nation is embracing a "sex is something you use to force unwilling teenagers into marriage" former beauty pageant queen as a candidate for the Vice Presidency, and I think that there's also a metaphor for "beauty pageants" in that. I think sex in advertising is really more the unfulfilled promise of sex, Maybe it's that repression sells, "can't have that, so have this beer instead".

Anyway, no answers here.

[ related topics: Sexual Culture Sociology Writing Consumerism and advertising Journalism and Media Beer Marriage ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-10-09 14:00:01.155365+00 by: petronius

So, how many columns were dropped before the Palin announcement? And considering the vitriol directed at that lady, one would think the New York Times would immediately book Violet and Audacia. In the meantime, my local paper doesn't even have daily TV listings anymore, much less reviews of stroke movies.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-10-09 14:27:36.664216+00 by: Dan Lyke

Just to be clear, I think the Palin candidacy and the dropped columns are symptoms of the same thing, not a cause and effect relationship.

And local media's got problems beyond TV listings, although some companies are getting it.