This may be a campaign about HIV/AIDS awareness, but that’s no excuse. This is blatant misogyny, really sinister stuff that conveys a much more profound message about the female body.
Take another look at it. She’s got a killer smile, but still, you can’t see her eyes. The model is cropped so that she’s essentially headless. What makes her human is gone. What makes her a woman is on display. That’s a very deliberate creative choice.
She is an object to be fucked without a brain or an identity. Worse still, her vagina is a fully indexed destination on a Google map. The visual metaphor is so potent (and porn is so ubiquitous) that this image is more jarring than one in which she shows us her actual pussy.
It’s not about the fact that she’s had sex with Bill Johnson and 19 others. Who gives a fuck? What’s toxic is the idea that they checked into her vagina on Foursquare. It’s saying is that a her private parts aren’t private at all. They’re public. That’s the implicit message in this image, and it’s degrading as hell.
It’s not slut-shaming so much as it’s female-shaming, and it reinforces the age-old cultural narrative that women’s bodies aren’t their own.
Sorry, I call bullshit.
Put this on a dude and BAM effective HIV/AIDs ad. On a woman, hark, I hear the cry of double standard. You’re reading into this far too much when I see this ad, all I see is a reminder that the person you’re sleeping with has likely slept with others and to be conscious of that fact and wear a condom.
Your pseudo-psycho babble neglects the fact that cutting off her eyes means that this could be ANY woman not an object. The sheets are an object, her underwear is an object, she’s a person with intentional anonymity to convey universality. Take your militant bullshit elsewhere, you’re setting the cause of feminism back decades by making people tune out from what your saying. You’re the person who cried wolf one too many times and the village stopped listening.