Geisha Bondage Ad Banned for “Submissive Pose”

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An artistic ad featuring a bound geisha was banned based on a handful of complaints, with advertising censors condemning it as “condoning sexual violence against women” and observing that “she seemed upset” and was depicted in a “submissive pose.”

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The photo itself shows a mildly bound geisha, and is by world famous photographer Nobuyoshi Araki, whose works grace several art galleries.

The exquisite mosaic tiling the geisha rests on is actually the product advertised – Bisazza is an Italian tile maker, and the adverts were carried in several high-end home decor magazines.

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority, which has the power to ban adverts which offend its puritanical sensibilities, acted on the basis of 6 complaints and condemned the “demeaning” ads, saying the geisha was “shown in a submissive pose, appeared visibly upset and was shown with her kimono pushed up to expose her thigh.”

It asserts the ads condone rape:

“Notwithstanding the highly stylised nature of the ads, we considered the creative treatment could be seen to imply that sexual violence had taken place or was about to take place.”

It has banned the offending ads completely, though some similar ads escaped.

The company responsible defends the “artistic and beautiful” campaign as featuring “no nudity, innuendo, wounds or scenes of excessive perversion.”

The UK has of course recently banned most fetish porn, though the actual acts depicted remain quite legal so long as the person photographing them is actually involved in the sex…

Via the BBC.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:42 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So they need a version of the ad with the geisha smiling happily to show that she is enjoying herself. If anyone objects, the advert makers can say that there is no reason to deny women their pleasure ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:45 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or a version with a man in the same pose and expression. That probably won't be banned showing the hypocrisy of this all.

    Comment by MusicalNote
    17:19 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You could show the man in the same position, bound much harsher, his cock showing, and blood coming from a mouth and it wouldn't be banned.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:03 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why is there a lizard in the bottom left-corner of the ad? Please tell me I am not the only one who sees it O.o

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:28 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, never think that UK would be that fucked up, but it's not really surprise me since the world is all-way like that, hypocrites and moral faggots rule the government.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:50 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tell me about it, our politicians or popularists, tend to bend to any fucking idiot. I really want a revolution.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:23 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The UK is fuckin' full of gays.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:33 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This basically underlines what a joke "society" has become - out of what, millions of people who potentially saw this a grand total of 6 people apparently had nothing better to do than complain about it. People with too much time on their hands imo, but unfortunately here in the UK, it's these kind of idiots that are running the show.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:04 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lelouch Vi Britannia and V are going to team up to fix this ****ed up world...ALL HAIL LEOUCH V. BRITANNIA!

    When V liberates the world, every flag will be switched to the Gurren Brigade Banner!

    High General Mustang will force every women in the armed forces to wear super short miniskirts!

    Comment by MusicalNote
    17:20 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I feel bad. I actually get all those references. I mean, it's not like there's a lot of them, but still.

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    Comment by warppooted
    21:24 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're not the only one who watches Code Geass, Gurren Lagann and FMA. Nothing to feel bad about.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:59 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    We need 2ch to possess a death note so the whole world will moves our way.

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    Comment by MechaTama31
    14:30 04/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Of course it implies violence, because nobody ever does bondage willingly. What kind of freak would do that, AMIRITE?

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    Comment by Offline
    01:57 05/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope that was meant sarcastic...> >

    I like wrist bondage, because it's SEXY...:P Especially with a tie^^

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    Comment by Shuu
    07:11 05/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    AMIRITE usually implies sarcasm, so no worries. And I honestly can't imagine that a person who would think such bullshit would possibly be able to find this site even by accident...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:44 30/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Of course the other way around it'd probably be called a positive empowering example for women.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:57 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Okay, we are doomed...

    If this harmless piece of actual art faces ban, then what understanding/tolerance are we, otaku are waiting for?!

    Dunno what feminazi stated she looks upset but that expression looks rather 'plastic'( meaning that it doesn't even look like she expressing any natural emotion...)

    Plus she is no sexual turn-on at all...

    Those bitches should go and have a date with their therapists 'cause seeing anything wrong into this picture IS fu*ed up compared to being a 2D lolicon or a hentai fan!!

    Comment by MusicalNote
    17:17 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Thigh is showing."
    With that sort of attitude, I'm surprised they didn't hunt down the model, tie her to a stake, and burn her for not wearing something that covered all but her eyes.

    I find this ridiculous. I see nothing that suggests Rape.

    Freedom of expression is soon to be dead. I'm sad. I love art.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:08 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isn't that the whole point of art (modern), to invoke senses?

    Banning it would just defeat the purpose and is quite contradictory.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    15:29 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    We need to stand up to the moral fags and their political correctness censorship it's going to far.
    Now is the time for revolution.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:23 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is what Britain is all about now didn't you? Banning the slightest thing that could 'offend'. Our government is filled with usless MP's. NuLabour did achieve one thing however, which was to create more laws...It's funny their recent campaigns to stay in have been nothing but 'We're not like the Conservatives!' Both parties are rotten to the core. I guess the only choice is between the Liberal Democrats or Green Party and possibly UKIP, they seem less detrimental to the people of the country.

    It's not surprising when we got morailistic ignorant tards in power i.e. John Beyer (this guys wanted to put people in jail for looking at porn, at least he's retired now), Harriet 'Hate'man or who can forget Liz Longhust (the very one who brought upon the Dangerous Pictures Act that pretty much killed every fetish out there and made those who enjoy it criminals). The government has been enjoying this sleuth of given power by these pro-censorship nutters. So why would the state not accept the offer of more control?

    The ASA has been reduced to quivering cowards. They're afraid of the state punishing them should they do anything that offends others. The one to look out for really is Media Watch UK, the one Beyer was head of.

    All of this started with just one case. The Liz Longhurst case. Ever since pictures that are deemed 'offensive' or 'dangerous' the pro-censorship twats have gained more confidence in inserting crazy ass laws and control other the public and the government laps it up. This also gives the state an excuse to 'protect' society. How the hell are we to hold the 2012 Olympics if we're that intolerant of anything? I can imagine foreigners being arrested left, right and center. At times like this I do wish even more that we had real Freedom of Speech like hardlined in the constitution of the US.

    Only just recently did we get a Supreme Court. I don't know if that's a good thing or bad looking at who runs the country at the moment. We need Zero!! Or someone equivelant...V, I hope you're out there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:05 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought it started in the 60s or 70s when some old bitch who wouldn't die thought everything on tv was against proper christian values. She had every network sued and forced the tv censors to edit shit out of every channel.

    Yes a christ fundy...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:32 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha that too, though what I meant was in recent years. There were little to no peep of complaints until that whole fiasco. Once it was announced that the DPA was in act, the pro-censorship organizations had the oppurtunity to go on a crusade again. We were pretty mellowed out before then or mellowing out. I guess you could blame the News recently that puts a negative spin on almost anything. Hell even in The Guardian (I think) there was an article regarding the UK falling into Pedophile Paranoia which is very visible. The people here have been mainpulated to be afraid of almost anything. But if anything it's the government, or shall I say NuLabour, that screwed us over.

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    Comment by ZetsubouNinja
    08:56 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh please. there's been sexual violence on men as well. I think i recall a news post on SC about a woman chopping off a guys penis.

    besides.. shibari is just a fetish, and it works well on women's figures. It just doesn't look right on men.

    Zetsuboushita...even. exit, stage left.

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    Comment by echelon64
    05:56 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rape bad, child sex changes good?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:50 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    fucking feminazis!!! freedom of expression is dead.

    Comment by Busy
    05:51 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually it was men who decided that since at the ASA mainly men work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:57 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, they aren't going to avoid getting a bad rep unless they actually stand up and do something for free speech. So tough shit, feminazis.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:31 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually it was feminazis who lobbied for a policy/code of practice change in how the ASA handles advertisements. Obviously the organization's leaders (men) of the ASA decided to lube up and bend over and taste some feminazi cock.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:42 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    +1

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:08 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Art is art. Art can influence, however, art cannot force. These protect female rights thing is getting to be a bit absurd. At the rate they're going, they'll be banning everything pertaining to erotica eventually. Now where's the sense in that?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:34 04/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is not art. This is a magazine ad. Banning ads is different and does not mean the exact same image would be banned from an art gallery, or even from a coffee-table book sold in a major bookstore.

    Advertising, by its nature, is "pushed" onto the viewer. No one wants to view an ad. Ads are forced into the public's eye on conspicuous billboards. Ads are inserted into television programs - one minute you're watching the program you choose to watch, the next minute you are watching an ad that you didn't choose. Ads are hidden in magazine - you flip the page no knowing whether you'll see an article or an ad.

    You can choose to buy a bondage magazine, or you can choose to never buy a bondage magazine. The problem with the ad is, bondage is being pushed onto people who did not choose to see it.

    Comment by Schrobby
    07:35 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No problem, here. If anything erotic is banned you just have to go out and rape some woman / girl / child. Seems that is exactly what the femnazis want, some good old rape...

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    Comment by Fonzer
    06:00 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I blame people dirty minds thinking that it was that wrong,since people don't think well sometimes.The way they think what will happen or what happened is not right,the pic shows you only that moment there is no before or after moment.
    I find this artistic,nothing more nothing less.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:07 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    While I don't really agree with the banning, it's just a piece of tastless errr ...art?

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    Comment by maga
    05:58 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "visibly upset"?

    She looks more bored then anything else and since when is showing your thigh considered something perverse? What is this the 1800s?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:40 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Okay, the brit shits are starting to piss me off

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    Comment by Anonymous
    07:55 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey don't blame us for the retarded bullcrap this nanny state pushes on us. We didn't even elect Gordon Brown. I am actually going to complain that I don't find the ad offensive and who knows maybe they'll stop this stupid charade. gotta admit it's unlikely that they'll do it.

    Anyone else who lives in the UK please do the same.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:13 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should just stick with their trannys.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:31 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was extremely offended. Material this far over the line makes beer commercials seem like nothing. Good thing I'm not the only one butthurt and we can stop this abomination.

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    Comment by Tiedupinknots
    05:37 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    WOW Now that's what I call sarcasm!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:50 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    he was dead serious, you know.

    Comment by Schrobby
    07:31 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If he really (I think not) was serious he's a shining example of an asshole.

    Comment by Busy
    05:35 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    All the ads about shaving products for woman are way more...eww...18+

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    Comment by Anonymous
    12:20 03/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    2d-raep would look&sell better. Equality now would ignore this shit since it ain't 2d.

    I'd say brits are normal to react at this point. Prefer hardcore stuff to be limited to 2d since it makes it more tolerable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:47 04/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    fuck that they should focus on this crap and leave our 2d alone!

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    Comment by Anonymous
    07:59 04/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    fuck censorship





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