[Editor's Note: This article is a part of ADText.]
A consideration of sex and advertising necessitates the clarification of terminology at the outset. Sex, gender, sexism, sexuality, and so on, often lack clarity and specificity in everyday language. However, scholars and scientific researchers generally restrict the meaning and usage of such terms so as to facilitate discussion and understanding of the complex issues they involve.
In this context, sex refers to the biological (and thus innate) differences between males and females. These differences are noticeable at birth in the anatomical as well as genetic differences between human individuals. Although a relatively small number of people do not fit this generalization, the vast majority is either distinctively male or female.
By contrast, gender refers to the cultural (and thus learned) interpretation of what it means to be male or female. The operative terms here are masculine and feminine as opposed to male and female. Ever since the famous anthropologist Margaret Mead reported differences2 in the cultural expectations associated with masculinity and femininity in various South Pacific cultures, the age-old belief that biology is destiny began to crumble and give way to a more flexible understanding that cultures define appropriate roles, behaviors, and expectations for males and females.
These distinctions become confused in everyday discussions where the term gender often operates as a euphemism for sex. What is your gender? is a contemporary alternative to the more precise What is your sex? The intent of both is to ask whether a person is biologically male or female. However, there is no agreement in contemporary usage on the better way to elicit this information. For example, note the difference in the way the question is posed on the following forms:
All this is further complicated by the fact that, in addition to the male/female distinction, the term sex also refers to sexual behavior and sexual relationships. In the context of advertising, this latter usage of the term sex is of utmost importance because of the high degree of erotic imagery and sexual associations used in promotional messages.
Sexism as a term is analogous to racism (the negative stereotyping of individuals based on their membership in a social category based on skin color). Sexism in the context of advertising refers to the assumption that women share certain characteristics with other women and men with other men by virtue of their biological sex differences. Such essentialized characteristics are typically perceived as negative or degrading in the context of sexist representations of females or males.
Read about advertising and gender elsewhere in ADText .
In the study of advertising and society, certain issues regarding sex, gender, and sexism are of paramount importance. Three of the most important are: (1) how advertising represents gender, (2) how sex is used to sell, and (3) how advertising depicts sexual behavior and relations. Each of these is examined in ADText. Advertising's representation of gender is the subject of the ADText unit on "Representations of Masculinity and Femininity in Advertising." The use of sex in selling and what advertising tells us about sex are discussed in this unit.
2. Erotic Imagery Becomes a Part of Advertising
Visit the New York Public Library's collection of cigarette trade cards.
Some of the earliest instances of sex and selling are the advertising trade cards (collectible cards similar to baseball cards) that many 19th-century tobacco companies put in packages of cigarettes and other forms of tobacco. In short, sex and advertising goes back to the beginnings of modern advertising in the latter decades of the 1800s.
Although these and other ads employed erotic imagery in 19th-century advertising, it is Woodbury's Facial Soap that is most frequently cited in advertising lore as the first important instance of sex and selling. The tag line, "A Skin You Love to Touch," suggests intimacy. A man lightly embraces the female model. She is clearly the object of his desire—and the copy suggests that it is her delectable skin that has enhanced the relationship. As the story has been handed down, when this ad appeared in the Ladies' Home Journal, several readers considered it so risqué and inappropriate that they promptly cancelled their subscriptions to the magazine.
From there, Woodbury's continued to push the limits of what was possible and what the public would accept. In the 1930s, they used a totally naked model (no pubic hair, no genitals of course—all that would have to wait for Playboy in the 1960s). This was an era in which health, fitness, and nudism had entered American culture, and this ad pays homage to these changes in interests and sensitivities.
There are three excellent sources that offer image-based histories and commentaries on the evolution of sex in advertising. They are Professor Reichert's website, an essay by the Gallup and Robinson Organization, and Reichert's 2003 book, The Erotic History of Advertising .
These older examples tell an important story that, (1) sex and advertising goes back a very long way, and (2) the kinds of imagery that are acceptable have changed with the times. However, this is a case of advertising not merely reflecting the social mores of the times, but often challenging them and setting new standards of sexual license and erotic propriety.
Later years saw expansion of erotic appeals in ads, as well the considerable publicity they generated as newspapers, editorials, and letters commented on them. The story is one of continually pushing the limits of erotic appeals until we arrive at the present situation where erotic imagery is a mainstay of advertising.9
3. Does Sex Sell?
Visit Professor Reichert's website for further discussion of a definition of sex in advertising.
When marketers discuss sex and advertising, the central issue is invariably: Does sex sell? Advertising professor Tom Reichert spent more than a decade researching the history of sexual images and references in order to write The Erotic History of Advertising (2003). Before he was able to provide an answer to this question, he had first to define what sex in advertising is.
Defining it proved no simple matter, but here are his basic guidelines:11
• Sex in advertising is often characterized as showing attractive models in stages of undress, models displayed or posing decoratively, or models engaged in suggestive behavior, either alone or with others.
Read a fuller statement by Reichert on: "Does Sex in Advertising Work?"
After reviewing evidence from the mid-1800s to the early 2000s, Reichert concludes that using sex in advertising has frequently, but not always, increased consumer interest and often aided in the selling products and building strong brand identities. However, he notes that academic research on its effects has yielded equivocal and inconsistent conclusions, making it exceedingly difficult to render a clear verdict on its effectiveness. Despite this caveat, Reichert believes that several companies—such as Calvin Klein and Victoria's Secret—have succeeded in linking erotic appeals with commercial success. Likewise, public response has varied considerably. Some consumers respond with their pocketbooks to the sexual promises in ads while others complain that sexual imagery in ads oversteps the bounds of propriety.
4. What kind of sex does advertising sell?
The advertising images that follow are indicative of many (but certainly not all) of the things that advertising says about sex. Taken together, they indicate not only the typical but also the extremes to which advertising has gone in linking eroticism to the selling process. These ads not only attempt to sell various products (soap, beer, cars, underwear, etc.) by using erotic imagery but also—if perhaps somewhat unwittingly20—sell us ideas about sex itself. They tell us what is sexy, they show people in various states of love-making, they idealize and idolize certain kinds of bodies over others, they depict "vanilla" as well as "alternative" forms of sexual behavior, and so on. In short, the ads not only sell products but also sell a particular conception of sex itself.
What does sex in advertising sell? Above all else, advertising images have depicted heterosexuality as the norm throughout. There are exceptions as we shall see, but the most frequent representations are the one-male, one-female type. Moreover, it is usually the male who assumes the more dominant position and role, while the female is generally receptive and somewhat passive. Most typically, the ad suggests and hints at sexual relations between the couple—often showing them in some sort of sexual foreplay.
However, some ads go so far as to leave little doubt that the couple is engaged in sexual intercourse. Here a man stands before a woman whose widespread legs admit him to her most intimate body zone. Their pose suggests the heightened excitement of a "quickie" for which she has not yet had the time to remove all of her clothes.
Nowadays, this heteronormativity is giving way to a variety of non-"traditional" alternatives. It is common to see one man with multiple female partners, a pattern that appears to be a widely shared sexual fantasy among heterosexual men.
However, there are also situations in which the female partner assumes a more active and dominant role, and situations in which the one-male, one-female relationship gives way to a variety of other possibilities.
Gay relationships have also entered the world of sex as depicted in ads. They are to be found in ads for beer, over-the-counter medicines, life insurance, tires, and just about everything else. In a world so dominated by heteronormativity, it would be remiss to speak of a parallel homonormativity, because such depictions are still relatively few in number compared to the much more frequent imagery of heterosexuality. Advertisers are careful about their placement of such ads as well. Venues for depictions of gay relationships are restricted.
Read about the protests against the Tylenol ad showing two men in bed with one another.
The following ad for Tylenol shows two men in the same bed close enough to be touching. Lest there is any doubt about their relationship, the ad speaks of them as boyfriends. This particular ad ran in The Advocate, a gay-oriented magazine. However, a fundamentalist Christian group found the ad and organized a write-in campaign to the company complaining about its apparent support of the gay lifestyle.
Not all depictions of close relationships between men are necessarily gay. The terms homosocial and homoerotic describe some of these other possibilities. Homosociality is the situation of men being in close or intimate relationship with other men and does not imply either homosexuality or heterosexuality whereas homoerotic refers to erotic imagery that depicts same-sex people in a sexualized manner.
Abercrombie & Fitch, known for pushing boundaries of sexual imagery, often depicts homosociality and homoeroticism in its advertising. The image below shows two men lying together on a bed or blanket in their underwear. An innocent reading of the ad suggests that A&F sells different styles of underwear. Their relationship is clearly homosocial, but their touching, intimacy, and exhibitionism suggests the possibility of homoeroticism as well. Most significantly, the ad confronts the cultural taboo concerning homophobia by permitting extreme closeness between men, sharing intimacy (even if it is not specifically sexual), and expressing emotional warmth. Perhaps the appeal of this kind of display for straight men is the relief it offers from strict do's and don'ts when it comes to relating to other men.
Critics of advertising decry fashion's objectification of women and its glamorization of violence, abuse, and even rape. Search "objectification of women in fashion advertising" on the Internet.
The world of fashion appears to have an easier time pushing all kinds of limits in its depictions. Lesbian chic is everywhere.28 Women dominate men. Men dominate (and abuse) women. It almost seems anything goes when it comes to fashion.
5. Sexual Humor in Advertisements
The Burger King ad below employs male adolescent humor: "super seven incher" and "it'll blow." The female model with a red, wide-open mouth suggests oral sex. It has been passed around on the Internet on various websites and elicited this response from Burger King:
Burger King Corporation (BKC) values and respects all of its guests. This advertisement is running to support a limited promotion in the Singapore market and is not running in the U.S. or any other markets. It was produced by a locally-based Singapore agency and not by BKC's U.S. advertising agency of record, Crispin Porter and Bogusky.36
This idea of a sandwich that is so large it will stretch the limits of one's mouth seems to have been used Burger King advertising elsewhere. The one below was used in Germany in 2004. Note that again the model is female, although in reality men might be more likely to order enormous sandwiches than women.
When ads like this resonate with the public—or at least a certain segment of it—they often become the subject of parodies. An Internet site took the Burger King ad from Germany and substituted the name of a different advertiser—Durex condoms. In this case, it is clear that the woman's mouth was injured from sex rather than food.
Examples of phallus-shaped products abound in the world of marketing. One need only think of cylindrical bottles with caps, or foods like sausages and cucumbers, and so on. However, there are some instances where products are made to look distinctly like male or female genitals.
In a Bici ad from Italy, the choice of the particular pieces of bread and their placement specifically suggest an erect penis. Even the testicles are present in this image. Further, the connection between bread as life and the biology of reproduction is present. There are no subtleties here.
Read a newspaper story about the Nevada Gaming Commission's response to the Hard Rock Hotel ad.
The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas used the play on words "buck all night" to appeal to the largely adult male audience of a rodeo event. The Nevada Gaming Commission objected to the billboard's overt sexual content and required it to be removed.
Sexual humor is used to promote all manner of products—fast food, condoms, soap, and beer. Sometimes the images that appear to be ads are not even ads, but rather parodies or imagined ads where the same male bravado about penis size and power is highlighted. Both kinds illustrate an important point about how humor is typically used in advertising: It is the male point of view that is nearly always privileged. There is no parallel celebration of the power of the vagina—a power to please oneself and one's partner, a power to generate new life, a power to engulf as opposed to penetrate.
6. But Is It Pornographic?
This gallery is a good starting point on the Internet for more Tom Ford ads.
What does it mean to call an ad pornographic? It depends, of course, on how pornography is defined. Historically this has been the subject of debate, contention, and legal opinions. Critics have described fashion designer and film director Tom Ford's advertisements as "artistic." Others have seen them in a less favorable light. Certainly, from the point of view of composition, lighting, suggestiveness, beauty, allure, and a host of other attributes, they can be said to be deserving of attention and commentary. For the world of advertising, Ford's work parallels the work of other daring artists who have done such avant-garde things as placing a crucifix in a bottle of urine or wrapping large buildings in plastic.42 When a creative work involves sexual themes, but is treated by its audience as art, the term pornography for it gives way to erotica.
Edmund Miller's encyclopedia entry on erotica as a literary genre describes its difference from pornography this way:
As a literary genre, pornography is writing that has sexual arousal as its primary objective. Erotica is such material with artistic pretensions. Thus, the descriptive term pornography implies a statement about intentionality and instrumentality without reference to merit, whereas the term erotica is evaluative and laudatory. In Flesh and the Word, John Preston more baldly says, "The only difference is that erotica is the stuff bought by rich people."
Since current literary theory makes writing of every sort available to analysis, it has in effect done away with the distinction. To discuss the aesthetic effect of pornographic material is to accord it the status of erotica.44
Is the Tom Ford ad erotica or pornography? It might be called pornographic because the bottle of men's fragrance is placed between the woman's breasts, suggesting mammary intercourse. The woman's open mouth is prepared to receive the bottle and/or the fluid in it. Some would call this kind of imagery pornographic. Others, however, would see this as a sexually charged, artistic work that pushes the limits of the conventional and encourages the spectator to think in a specific way about the product and the brand. Thus, the same image—depending how the audience responds to it—can be either pornographic or erotic.
Thus, discussions about some of the most explicit advertising garner two kinds of responses. First, there are those who see it as pornographic and inappropriate for public cultural spaces. They would like to see it censored and banned. Often their arguments are couched in religious terms, or in terms of protecting the innocence of children. Some argue that such imagery encourages sexual predators and sexist attitudes and/or behaviors. Second, there are those who see it as erotica and thus indeed appropriate for public culture. They enjoy being challenged by the images and discussions that surround them. The marketers and advertisers who produce it belong, of course, to this latter world. They speak of it as "pushing the limits" and "breaking through the clutter." In the end, value, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.
7. Selling Sex—Redux
The relationship between advertising and sex also includes those instances when sexually related products and services are being promoted. Such things include erectile dysfunction drugs, condoms, genital hygiene products, birth control, and so on. In many of these ads, sex itself is made a lot less explicit than we have seen in other instances. The topics discussed and the products themselves are handled more delicately and even indirectly. Imagine, for instance, a condom ad or an erectile dysfunction ad that actually showed the product at work. Here is an example of what we find instead:
The ad makes it clear that these are heterosexual couples in committed relationships. It makes love and intimacy a large part of the imagery46 and asks, "when the moment is right, will you be ready?" The kind of sex sold here is conventional heteronormativity. Although these drugs are sometimes used recreationally, and by gay as well as straight men, such matters go unmentioned in the ads.
Nonetheless, there are many critics of this advertising. For example, US Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) recently proposed banning these commercials during early evening hours when children are likely to be a part of the audience. CNN's Bob Ruff quotes Congressman Moran:
A number of people have come up, including colleagues and said, "I'm fed up. I don't want my three- or four-year old grandkid asking me what erectile dysfunction is all about." And I don't blame them.47
The drug companies claim that they make their best efforts to place the ads in appropriate media and settings, such as when the audience is at least 90% adults. Pfizer offers its Viagra advertising schedule each week for posting on the Parents Television Council's website so that people who may wish to avoid them may do so.
Condom ads, once banned on US television, are now accepted on many broadcast and cable channels as well as on the Internet. These ads in general depart from the indirectness of ED advertising and talk much more explicitly about sex. The following ad, which ran on MTV, shows a much bolder side of sex—a young, experienced woman about to have an interracial one-night stand. The only euphemism present is her rather sarcastic, "Gotta have the ticket if you want to ride the ride."
The subject of female hygiene spray has been much discussed as an instance of the appropriateness of the product itself as well as the way it is discussed and talked about in ads. Less common, although present from time to time, is the recognition that men have distinctive male odors as well. The short-lived NodorO product threatened men with sexual rejection unless they used it to eliminate the possibility of odors.
8. Pushing the Limits—Or Stepping Over the Line?
Both members of the public and academic critics of advertising sometimes consider that advertising steps over the line of decency and appropriateness in its representations. As noted earlier, certain fundamentalist Christian groups have objected to depictions of gay relationships while others in the society consider them appropriate, refreshing, and even celebratory. Additionally, a US Congressman wants to restrict commercials for ED drugs to times when young children are not likely to be watching television. There is never likely to be any universal agreement as to what is decent and appropriate and what is not. Consider the following additional examples.
The following ad for the German men's magazine Deutsch certainly breaks through advertising clutter. Its unconventionality attracts attention. It is an explicit depiction of an alternative form of sex. Many people react with horror to human-animal sexual relationships, but here bestiality enters the world of advertising. This kind of behavior by household pets is a reality and occurs to the chagrin of many women, but here it is fetishized and eroticized.50
What of nudity itself? There is a long tradition in Western art of depicting the human body as nude. We accept this as normative and seldom question it, although there are instances of Popes and other religiously motivated people insisting on covering the natural human body. Advertising has long ago established the right to display the female body as nude, but "full frontal" male nudity was a taboo until the early 2000s.
When the French edition of Vogue magazine published this Yves Saint Laurent men's fragrance ad in 2002, it was hailed as the first example of full frontal male nudity in advertising. The model is Samuel de Cubber, a French sports figure. Its appearance marked one of those moments in advertising history where the publicity generated by the ad greatly exceeded the reach of the ad itself.
But what about this ad that eroticizes a young girl? Is this art, erotica, or just pornography? Outspoken critic of advertising Jeanne Kilbourne, among others, has taken issue with it. She argues that sexualized children should definitely be off limits for advertising.
So what is the bottom line with regard to sex and advertising? Does it help to sell products? Does it promote alternative, non-normative ideas about sexuality? Does it offend? Does it challenge and celebrate alternatives? The answers to these questions are of course up to the audience. There are never going to be universal agreements about what is decent and proper, much less what is exciting and thrilling.
When we judge this, we must remember the reason that advertisements push the limits and break with propriety. Does it sell? Sometimes, of course, it helps. But what does it sell? Perhaps ideas about sexuality, at least as much as the products themselves.
10. Coda: Wrapping Up What Advertising Says about Sex
Although the choice of various images in this unit makes no claim about representativeness, they are in fact drawn from the many images that abound on the Internet, magazines, television, and other advertising venues. If a stranger to the culture viewed them, even the proverbial visitor from another planet, what conclusions might that stranger reach about the culture of American sexual behavior in ads? Here are some possibilities:
3. Sexual relationships are not limited to heterosexual "vanilla" situations, but they occur among same-sex partners, in groups, and even with animals, and include a wide variety of "alternative" sexual practices and behaviors.
Do such generalizations merely reflect sex in contemporary American culture, or do they serve as models that generate aspirations and desires? The only possible answer is that they do both. However, in the process of reflecting cultural values and practices, advertising sometimes distorts, refracts, or selects what it represents. It reifies some practices. It normalizes others. It serves as a catalog of possibilities and aspirations.
William M. O'Barr is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University where he has taught since 1969. He holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Sociology and English. He has been a visiting professor at Northwestern, Dalhousie, and Oxford. He has been recognized for his outstanding undergraduate teaching by both the Duke University Alumni Association and Trinity College (Duke University). His course Advertising and Society: Global Perspectives is one of Duke's most popular undergraduate courses. His seminars include Advertising and Masculinity, Children and Advertising, and The Language of Advertising.
He is author and co-author of ten books, including Culture and the Ad: Exploring Otherness in the World of Advertising, Rules versus Relationships, and Just Words: Law, Language, and Power. He has conducted anthropological research in Brazil, China, East Africa, India, Japan, and the US. In addition to his interest in social and cultural aspects of advertising, Professor O'Barr has researched law in a variety of cultural settings.
In 2000, he founded Advertising & Society Review and served as editor from 2000 to 2005. He is author of ADTextOnline.org, which will consist of more than 20 units published as supplements to A&SR.
1. From the author's collection.
2. Mead noted cross-cultural differences in kinds of emotional responses considered appropriate for men and women, roles and behaviors assigned to them, etc., leading her to the conclusion that such things were shaped by culture rather than biology.
6. Ladies' Home Journal, March, 1915. As found at http://www.magazineart.org/main.php/v/ads/personalitems/soap/Woodbury_s+Facial+Soap+-1915A.jpg.html
7. Good Housekeeping, October, 1936. From http://www.thejumpingfrog.com/?page=shop/flypage&product_id=826108&CLSN_461=1289320662461c 2d52b3d8b25ebe6ba4
9. Reichert organizes his discussion of the history of sex in advertising in time-based blocks of 50 or 25 years, however there are no transformative events or campaigns to mark a distinct shift from one to another.
10. Cosmopolitan, September, 2007.
11. In the original, Reichert does not enumerate and list points of definition in the manner presented here. Rather his presentation is more discursive. This formulation largely quotes Reichert's own words and attempts to remain faithful to the points he makes there.
12. Elle, September, 2009.
13. Life, July 1, 1957. As found at http://graphic-design.tjs-labs.com/show-picture?id=1232417187
15. Cosmopolitan, September, 2007.
16. Cosmopolitan, June, 2010.
17. Elle, September, 2009.
18. Elle, April, 2006.
19. From the author's collection.
20. It is important to remember that what is most on the minds of those who create ads is finding a powerful means of communicating a selling message. That, in the process, they also help shape our society's views and values of sex, perhaps seems incidental to it.
21. "'RIVIERA RENDEZVOUS' print ad for Skyy Vodka," Advertolog.com. http://www.advertolog.com/skyy-spirits/print-outdoor/riviera-rendezvous-2044905/
22. Charlene Makley, "Sexism and Racism in Advertising," Bad Boys Gallery. http://academic.reed.edu/anthro/faculty/mia/Images/Gallery/Pics/Candies.jpg
23. "New Sean John Unforgiveable Mini Perfume Set for Women & Men" September 2010. http://shoppingheavendotnet.blogspot.com/2010/09/new-sean-john-unforgivable-mini-perfume.html
24. Elle, 2009.
25. Elle, September, 2009.
26. "Karl Gets All Political On Your Ass Adventures in Gastronomy," July, 2005. http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/snarl/2005/07/20/karl-gets-all-political-on-your-ass/
27. "Abercrombie & Fitch- Cuddling." Courtesy GLAAD Advertising Media Program.
28. Lesbian chic in the context of advertising, as used by Reichert, Maly, and Zavoina, refers to what seem at first glance to be erotic relationships between lesbians, but in fact are merely poses that serve to tell heterosexual women how to market themselves in ways that entice and interest males. From Tom Reichert, Kevin R. Maly and Susan C. Zavoina, "Designed for (Male) Pleasure: The Myth of Lesbian Chic in Mainstream Advertising" in Sexual Rhetoric: Media Perspectives on Sexuality, Gender, and Identity. Edited by Meta G. Carstarphen and Susan C. Zavoina, (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press: 1999), 124-5.
29. Elle, September, 2009.
31. "Lara Stone x Louis Vuitton," December 8, 2010. http://sandiinthecity.onsugar.com/Lara-Stone-x-Louis-Vuitton-7259289
32. "Sex in Advertising – 1" http://iamtoocurious.com/photo/share-2C46_4D08E4CA.html
38. "'BAND-AID' Print Ad for Whopper," Coloribus. http://www.coloribus.com/adsarchive/prints/whopper-band-aid-5683855/
39. "Advertising: The SEX factor," November 30, 2010. http://blogs.ubc.ca/chrisannekouzas/2010/11/30/advertising-the-sex-factor/
40. "'BREAD IS LIFE' Print Ad for Bread by Lorenzo Marini & Associates" Coloribus. http://www.coloribus.com/adsarchive/prints/bread-bread-is-life-959005/
41. Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
42. Andres Serrano submerged a plastic crucifix in a bottle of his own urine and entitled it Piss Christ. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/18/andres-serrano-piss-christ-destroyed-christian-protesters) Christo and Jeanne-Claude's works include wrapped buildings and other monumental projects. (http://www.christojeanneclaude.net/major_mca.shtml)
43. "What Do You Think of Tom Ford's New Campaign?" BellaSugar, August 20, 2007. http://www.bellasugar.com/What-Do-You-Think-Tom-Fords-New-Campaign-550199
44. Edmund Miller, "Erotica and Pornography," GLBTQ: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Culture. http://www.glbtq.com/literature/erotica_pornography.html
45. From the author's collection.
46. In the early years after its introduction and before the current format for ED ads, Viagra ventured to suggest that the drug would "put the devil back in a man." Women's groups complained that this meant, of course, the possibility of greater sexual abuse of women if men were devils. Against this backlash, Viagra retreated. See the ad at http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/asr/v007/images/7.2unit07_fig81.jpg
47. Bob Ruff, "Erectile dysfunction ads too hot for TV?" CNN, May 7, 2009. http://amfix.blogs.cnn.com/2009/05/07/erectile-dysfunction-ads-too-hot-for-tv/
50. Advertising is not the first appearance of bestiality in public culture. European fairytales tell of such things as a princess who falls in love with a frog, a beast who loves a beautiful woman, and so on.
51. "'Crotch' Print Ad for Deutsch Magazine" Coloribus. http://www.coloribus.com/adsarchive/prints/deutsch-magazine-crotch-10633505/
53. "Pieces of Wisdom Wednesday: What's that Smell?" Bye Bye, Pie! November 2010. http://byebyepie.typepad.com/bye_bye_pie/2010/11/pieces-of-wisdom-wednesday-whats-that-smell.html