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2nd-Apr-2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
Am I the only one who finds the juxtaposition of this cover with the words kind of... questionable? :P
2nd-Apr-2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
Hm. Why's that?

Granted, I know the story and characters, so I'm seeing "people I know" rather than what you might be seeing.
2nd-Apr-2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
Well, sexy 'come hither' looks don't seem to invoke the kind of seriousness about sexual violence that I would want. You look at the picture and think, 'wow, that's supposed to turn me on!' and then at the text and go, 'woah, I'm a bad person/wasn't supposed to be thinking that, apparently.'

But it IS supposed to be sexy, so pairing it with a 'hey, you're not allowed to be turned on because BAD things happen related to sex!' feels like a 'gotcha'. It makes it feel less serious. Or like something mean-spirited. Or confused about what it's trying to say.

I don't know. It feels way off-base.
2nd-Apr-2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
Hm. Yeah, a more badass portrait of them would be more ideal, but that's the cover of the book Jim's giving away...

(Although of them all, I only read Snow (right) as come-hither, and that's just Snow all the time; Talia (left) does look like she'll kick you in the head if you look at her sideways, and Danielle (center) just looks spunky to me.)

2nd-Apr-2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
I think if it's the cover of the book he's giving away, some text like "WIN THIS BOOK by SPONSORING X CAUSE" would have worked better. The themed text makes it feel like someone was trying to... well, make some kind of ad against sexual violence and Failing because all the woman are young, standing in pin-up-like poses and giving you looks. :P
2nd-Apr-2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
I'll mention. I think he used one in four because not only is that the statistic, but at least one of the women on the cover is a survivor (I haven't read this one yet, so I don't know about Red). But it couldn't hurt to make it clearer.
2nd-Apr-2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
That's a tactic that only works on people who've read the book already, though. Presumably if he's trying to get people to win the book, he's hoping to attract people who wouldn't, and so they're lacking the context to understand the point he's making there. (I didn't even see the fourth figure until this appeared on my friendslist for the third time.)

The statistic makes for a very catchy line, but it doesn't do much to explain what he's doing—giving away a book to fund a charity. When I see it, I think 'what is that, an ad against sexual violence? Why does the graphic have nothing to do with the text? Why don't the people in it look more serious/upset?' I don't understand from it that someone's trying to drum up money for a charity unless someone explains the ad. Which... makes it a bad ad. No offense intended to the marketer who made it. :)
2nd-Apr-2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
I don't understand from it that someone's trying to drum up money for a charity unless someone explains the ad.

The line/link underneath the image says that, though.

Have passed it along!

Edited at 2010-04-02 04:27 pm (UTC)
3rd-Apr-2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
No offense taken. I'm taking your comments as feedback, and it's appreciated.
3rd-Apr-2010 04:11 pm (UTC)

I appreciate what you're doing... I just suspect I'm not the only one who got squicked by it. I might be the only one insane enough to say anything. :,
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3rd-Apr-2010 03:47 am (UTC)
I don't recall ever saying that being sexy was a reason to be raped.
3rd-Apr-2010 03:59 am (UTC)
(That's not what I got out of your comment, either.)
3rd-Apr-2010 11:56 am (UTC)
Good. :P
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4th-Apr-2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
Ah, thank you for clarifying your point.

I think the issue becomes blurred when you're talking about art. People make art with specific intentions, and we know that they make it with intentions. If the artist's intentions don't seem to line up with the message, it's usually because someone is trying for deliberate irony. That's part of my problem with the combination: in this case, we're not trying for irony, but the message and the artwork don't seem related.

*shrug* But hey, just my two cents.
2nd-Apr-2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
I went to give a donation, and couldn't because they don't accept PayPal. I know there are issues with PayPal, but still... even accepting a donation with a teeny ding out of it for administrative processing is better than losing that donation altogether.

If your group decides to offer PayPal donations, please post it loud and clear... I'll be the first to chip in!
2nd-Apr-2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
We do take checks! (I have no authority over FirstGiving.com!)
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