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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