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Paper Ad Questions Definition of Manhood

Posted by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 2:49 PM
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What makes a man a man? That's the question that the Times Of India posed to its male readers.

In the wake of a highly-publicized gang rape in which the 23-year-old female victim died from the injuries she sustained, the Indian newspaper printed an ad on January 22nd asking men to respect women -- as part of their manhood. "The true test of your manhood is how you treat a woman. All women. Any woman. Every woman," the quarter-page ad read. "If you do not respect a woman, you are only half a man." The ad also questions attributes and behaviors traditionally associated with being a man -- having a "six-pack, gelled hair and biceps," "rash driving" and being well-endowed.

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(Photo courtesy of Johnny Chatterton, who posted a shot of the ad on Our Mobile World.)

This isn't the first anti-violence against women campaign to target men. In December 2012, an ad campaign created by the police depatment in Edmonton, Alberta used the tagline "Don't be that guy," and a January 2012 campaign created by non-profit organization Men Can Stop Rape declared that "I'm the kind of guy who takes a stand. Where do you stand?"

The Frisky's Jessica Wakeman took issue with the fact that the Times of India ad still equates specific behavior (in this case positive behavior) with "valid" masculinity. "Just like sexist expectations of femininity can imprison women, sexist expectations can imprison men, too," she wrote. "I’m all for eradicating rape culture everywhere. But the answer isn’t to tell men to act like 'real men,' it’s to tell them to act like good human beings."

What do you think of the ad? Let us know in the comments!

by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 2:49 PM
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annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 2:50 PM

The true test of your manhood is how you treat a woman. All women. Any woman. Every woman

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 2:50 PM

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Quoting annabl1970:

The true test of your manhood is how you treat a woman. All women. Any woman. Every woman


 

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 2:50 PM

BUMP

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 2:50 PM

BUMP

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 2:51 PM

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kameka
by Bronze Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 2:54 PM
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Although I agree that it should tell them to act like good human beings, they're taking it one step at a time and I applaud any positive change.
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by guerrilla girl on Feb. 1, 2013 at 2:54 PM
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This is a good add. Here's another bump:


annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 2:58 PM

 

I hope this ad works!

 But I mean how bad it should be, that NP have to make an ad promoting respect for woman? Isn't respect for woman ( and any human being) have to be taught from childhood?

Quoting kameka:

Although I agree that it should tell them to act like good human beings, they're taking it one step at a time and I applaud any positive change.


 

lga1965
by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 3:27 PM
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 I think this is very true. A man with a six pack and huge muscles and who is well endowed is not a real man if he is abusive or a potential criminal, or is lazy and stupid. I have read that some women like "the bad guys", the "dangerous but sexy men". They are asking for trouble and unhappiness. And muscles and all that are meaningless. Some of the best ,most manly men are NOT muscular and aren't "sexy" in appearance but they make the best mates and best fathers.(They have to be inteligent too. I would never marry a guy who knows nothing valuable , can't carry on an intellgent conversation but loves WWE, and trucks and beer.Ewww. He has to be kind, intelligent,funny,. believe in equality and is not prejuduced.)

Hopefully this will be heard round the world and all women will be treated with respect and dignity.

 

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