Do you ever get tired of being bombarded by sexual advertisement as a man?

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Ever get annoyed by the relentless tide of sexual advertisement when you are trying to focus?

Focus on what? The adds? I never want to focus on those. Adds are lame and boring.

As for a response to your question... A bit, yeah. The stereotype that men are slavering beasts who always think about sex, need hot chicks with tig ol' bitties in everything, and will buy anything because a pair o' DD breasts was near it once is frustrating, I have to admit. It just goes to show: nobody likes stereotypes, when you get right down to it. XD

YES!

Every friggin time. Frankly, im starting to think that those ads are just as much sexist to men as they are to women.*
You know, the whole idea of - "Here you stupid male monkey, we know that if we put a bunch of titties on the screen - you will buy ANYTHING!"

Every time i see an ad like that, i feel a bit insulted. I know, its petty, but still....

Guess its one more reason to abandon tv in favor of internet tv. Nowadays i pretty much only watch the news....

*Keep in mind that i understand that neither side understands the other's side "pain". This comment wasnt meant to offend anyone, and was merely meant to show my displeasure with said practices.

No, since I can focus just fine anyway.

neonit:
YES!

Every friggin time. Frankly, im starting to think that those ads are just as much sexist to men as they are to women.*
You know, the whole idea of - "Here you stupid male monkey, we know that if we put a bunch of titties on the screen - you will buy ANYTHING!"
...

The market wouldn't still be doing it if it didn't overall work.

Sex sells, it's a great attention grabber, and associating a product with a basic human need is a great way to create lasting impact. Your intellect might say to you: "No, hot women won't suddenly flock to me just because I buy that particular car!". But you'll still remember the brand, and have a tinge of an irrational urge to buy that particular car. Which is that slight edge that might make all the difference when it comes to choosing a car.

Never underestimate the monkey.

Distracted, maybe.

But I also get distracted from all those sexy young women parading down the university library. Anyway, I like sex and I enjoy the aesthetic pleasure pretty women provide.

So basically, I prefer sexy adverts to "funny" ones.

Imperator_DK:

The market wouldn't still be doing it if it didn't overall work.

Sex sells, it's a great attention grabber, and associating a product with a basic human need is a great way to create lasting impact. Your intellect might say to you: "No, hot women won't suddenly flock to me just because I buy that particular car!". But you'll still remember the brand, and have a tinge of an irrational urge to buy that particular car. Which is that slight edge that might make all the difference when it comes to choosing a car.

Never underestimate the monkey.

True enough... Then again, i do feel a bit insulted everytime i see bs like this, so who knows - maybe im one of the perfectly unique snowflakes who experience the opposite effect....

Cant blame the ad company if it really does work though......

Sexual ads?

I'm probably the worst person to notice that... unless it's a girl in a bikini rolling over a car hood to advertise McDonald's Happy Meals I don't really get them at all.

I'm sure some people will take this as confirmation of their views being correct, but I don't find much advertising content is sexualised. Certainly not the "endless stream" or "bombardment" which is being implied. Or perhaps I'm watching the wrong TV channels?

My biggest influence when buying the few things I do, is it cheap. It'll be nice one day to be buy the expensive products advertised via tits but alas I do not have that buying power yet.

Fun fact a pharmaceutical company once went to a beach in california looking for the most attractive people they could to market their products to doctors.

Friendly Lich:
Ever get annoyed by the relentless tide of sexual advertisement when you are trying to focus?

Not really. I was raised in this culture. To that end, I largely ignore sexual advertising, because it's so commonplace it's rarely worth looking at.

Kinda sad really, that I no longer see an attractive women on a billboard and think "My, that certainly is an attractive woman! I should rather like to do sex in, on or around her!". I'm more likely to think "Oh look, highly competitive mortgage rates"

It doesn't really feel normal, you know? That so much advertising aimed at my sex drive has effectively resulted in that sex drive becoming immune to the advertising.

SonicWaffle:

It doesn't really feel normal, you know? That so much advertising aimed at my sex drive has effectively resulted in that sex drive becoming immune to the advertising.

Yup. Desensitised. Not a problem, though. It's actually rather useful.

I cant blame them for trying because it WORKS. Everyone knows its condescending. However the advert companies know that your brain will subconsciously associate that car with hot women, and EVEN though you know and loathe their attempt to manipulate you your subconscious doesnt give a fuck. It likes hot women. It wants things that are near hot women. Probably not a lot. Probably it will fail 99.9999% of the time to leave a lasting impression or an impression that can overcome other negatives that put you off getting something. But if it raises sales by even 5% its worth it for them. And it will.

Adverts that appeal to my concious the most are ones that are FUCKING INFORMATIVE. I mean seriously. WHEN did you see the last advert that told you what it did, why it did it and why its awesome without the need for a shitty faked "Before and after" sequence or a load of pseudo technological speak that makes no sense (Kills 99% of bacteria/virus's is a meaningless meaningless statistic and in the case of the latter its downright false). Also "New stench killing technology".

What pisses me off more is the people carriers OBVIOUSLY made for soccer mums. And yet in the advert it scales a fucking glacier and covers a desert range and swims the fucking pacific. As if ANYONE who gets them will ever use it for even one of those purposes making the advert totally moot. We all know its just going to do the school run. And the people who DO need it for EXTREME conditions driving dont give a fuck about some fancy animation, they probably want to know how durable it is and WHY its good enough to survive those conditions.

Practicality has lost to prettiness. I challenge a single person to find me ONE perfume/deodorant/after shave advert that makes even a lick of sense. Any. One. Ill wager 100 pounds that if you chose one at random it would be a hot guy/girl dancing around or being shown in a montage or running or being posh and wealthy. I can KIND of let them off for this though because how on EARTH do you describe a smell on an advert. You really cant talk at all about the product because unless you experience it theres nothing to be said. At least with food you can wank over how it looks and the quality of the ingredients like in those M and S adverts.

I dont really like advertising of any kind unless its short, to the point, free of jingles and buzzwords, practical and fucking tells me WHAT im buying and WHY i should buy it. Or plays a good quality song that i enjoy that isnt totally annoying or written for the advert.

Danny Ocean:

SonicWaffle:

It doesn't really feel normal, you know? That so much advertising aimed at my sex drive has effectively resulted in that sex drive becoming immune to the advertising.

Yup. Desensitised. Not a problem, though. It's actually rather useful.

But that doesn't cease the nagging feeling that it's wrong somehow. TV shows, books, even the aforementioned adverts all take great joy in reinforcing the trope that a real man isn't desensitised to sex. If he sees a sexy woman in an advert, he finds it arousing.

The message is a pretty clear "you should be liking this, and if you don't you're weird, now go buy some fucking Coke"

BiscuitTrouser:
Adverts that appeal to my concious the most are ones that are FUCKING INFORMATIVE. I mean seriously. WHEN did you see the last advert that told you what it did, why it did it and why its awesome without the need for a shitty faked "Before and after" sequence or a load of pseudo technological speak that makes no sense (Kills 99% of bacteria/virus's is a meaningless meaningless statistic and in the case of the latter its downright false). Also "New stench killing technology".

I agree with you. On that note, want to hear something ironic?

I was watching TV with one of my flatmates the other day, and just such an advert came on. It was simple, no bullshit, it described exactly what the problem it aimed to solve was and how to solve it. Advert was done in about ten seconds, having adequately relayed all the relevant information. We actually had a discussion about how rare and refreshing it was to see an advert that wasn't just marketing bullshit.

A couple of days on, and I honestly could not tell you the name of the product, or even the purpose of it. I remember the no-frills no-bullshit advert because it was unexpected, but the actual content was completely unmemorable.

BiscuitTrouser:
I dont really like advertising of any kind unless its short, to the point, free of jingles and buzzwords, practical and fucking tells me WHAT im buying and WHY i should buy it. Or plays a good quality song that i enjoy that isnt totally annoying or written for the advert.

These Tesco ads are actually quite entertaining, being for the most part a piss-take of the perfume-style advertising you described earlier. It escapes the aforementioned problem of being foregettable because the contrast between airy-fairy nonsense and straightforward description of the product is memorable, and it's easy to identify with - who doesn't hate those stupid perfume/aftershave ads that are just a sequence of random images and meaningless phrases?

SonicWaffle:

The message is a pretty clear "you should be liking this, and if you don't you're weird, now go buy some fucking Coke"

Nah, the message is aimed at the stereotypical man- the one which both women and men pressure men into being. It happens to both genders. The main difference is that the stereotypical man is a disparaging, attainable image rather than a beatifying, unattainable one.

Oh yes, every once in a while I come across a commercial which is so painfully obviously focused on catering to men, that I'm actually less inclined to buy the advertised product than before.

I do get tired of it.

The ones that bother me the most are the ones for testosterone. I understand someone wanting to have more energy and loose weight, but the only reason I can see for increasing sex drive is to make the sexual adds more effective. I already have enough sex drive; I'm sex driven; it's called being a man.

Let me put it this way: if someone pulled a Morpheus, held out two pills, and said, "one will make it so you get more sex than you want and one will make it so you want more sex than you get," which one would you take? What if he followed it up by saying neither pill would change the amount of sex you will have? I don't think my choice would change.

This is my problem with all the sex in advertising. It makes you more desirous for sex without actually changing the amount of sex you may have. It's like advertising agents sees us as desperate addicts jumping from product to product hoping that this one might be the one that finally slates our appetites.

What I'm truly tired of is the politically correct condescension that makes every man a somewhat-overweight idiot and the woman next to him the person with all of the answers. It used to bug me because I'm a guy and don't want to be thought of as dumb, but then I realized its actually more demeaning to women because women are never more than a trope in TV advertisements. Woman don't get to be real people with flaws on TV, and society continues to coddle them and talk down to them like they're perfect, rather than address them as equal to men both in strengths and flaws.

Of course it works, because women love hearing that they're perfect, but as Bill Burr so eloquently said, "women spend their whole lives patting each other on the back saying how tough they have it, and guys never both to correct them, because we're trying to fuck you!." The TV commercials continue to reinforce these stereotypes, and because of that, are inherently detrimental to women.

That being said, considering that advertisements are soulless exaggerations promoting a particular good or service that I avoid at all costs anyways, I do occasionally appreciate a bit of eye candy. The benefit of attractive people is that, regardless of anything else, at least they are pleasant to look at.

I can't really speak as a man because I'm not one, but I do wonder how much sex sells with women, and how much it is actually tried in marketing. I know the Old Spice Guy greatly boosted Old Spice's sales, and I know if I had a man at the time I would have jokingly-but-maybe-a-bit-seriously urged him to get Old Spice. Not only because I actually like the smell...but mmmmmm. That man.

Im actually more bothered by feminine hygiene products, cause it seems like they're more common than anyhting. Though I did once see a commercial with my suite mates last semester that we had no real idea what they were doing till the end and it turned out to be a really classy and well done sexual enhancement product for women, the just like never showed it or really mentioned it and kept skirting around the issue. I kinda wnat ot see it again just to make sure we werent all insane.

I'm absolutely sick of them, WTF am I going to do with viagra use my penis as a kickstand so I don't roll out of bed? And dating websites? I'm single and fine, I don't need to date someone. I'm just so freakin sick of it, I don't need women, stop shoving them in my face every commercial break.

SonicWaffle:

I agree with you. On that note, want to hear something ironic?

I was watching TV with one of my flatmates the other day, and just such an advert came on. It was simple, no bullshit, it described exactly what the problem it aimed to solve was and how to solve it. Advert was done in about ten seconds, having adequately relayed all the relevant information. We actually had a discussion about how rare and refreshing it was to see an advert that wasn't just marketing bullshit.

A couple of days on, and I honestly could not tell you the name of the product, or even the purpose of it. I remember the no-frills no-bullshit advert because it was unexpected, but the actual content was completely unmemorable.

To be honest maybe thats the point.

I work in retail and although i love easy customers who are helpful and direct i NEVER remember them. I DO remember the man in suit with the thickest irish accent in the world attempting to tell a joke and me awkwardly laughing. I helped him for about 10 minutes and it was a nightmare but ill NEVER EVER forget it. I could also pick him out in a crowd for you i imagine. Even if i spent like 50 minutes with helpful people i will probably forget them. It just doesnt register for me to pick out the ordinary. Maybe the adverts are weird and TOTALLY random because thats what our brain remembers. Sure the topless man clicking his fingers for money, women and cars is totally unrelated but i remember that image because its so BIZARE and unrelated. An elephant on a motorcycle could sell telephones on the basis that who the hell forgets an elephant. I hate the way our psychology is counter intuitive to what would actually help us.

I was going to say yes, but...

SonicWaffle:

Friendly Lich:
Ever get annoyed by the relentless tide of sexual advertisement when you are trying to focus?

Not really. I was raised in this culture. To that end, I largely ignore sexual advertising, because it's so commonplace it's rarely worth looking at.

Kinda sad really, that I no longer see an attractive women on a billboard and think "My, that certainly is an attractive woman! I should rather like to do sex in, on or around her!". I'm more likely to think "Oh look, highly competitive mortgage rates"

It doesn't really feel normal, you know? That so much advertising aimed at my sex drive has effectively resulted in that sex drive becoming immune to the advertising.

...this is far more fitting. I honestly can't bother to care anymore. Sure, sometimes Burger King makes a commercial where two women erotically feed each other their disgusting greasy flavorless hamburgers, and that makes me cringe, but usually I just don't care.

I get tired of the late night adverts, like Lava Life, Night Exchange, etc.

But only because I don't need to hear it in every single commercial break after 2:00 AM.

I don't like them, but it's not like they break my focus.

I'm not a man (er, sorry?) but I get what the OP is saying as I find overly sexualized ads distracting and not in the same way men do probably, but they are. Hubby and I were watching "1000 ways to Die" which is a goofy show obviously made for men but we get a kick out of the stories. Thing is, it ALWAYS features some bimbo in a bikini or some crazy story about how a sexual exploit went horrifically wrong. That part of it is just lascivious. That's why I never watched the new Ripley's series (grew up on the old one and the new was so gratuitous it just took away from the subject matter.)

What I don't get so much is why adverts need to be sexy on billboards. Do we WANT men crashing their cars (a la that scene in Desperado?)

Well, in all honesty, the ads I find the most annoying are the chocolate ads.

I love chocolate, but there's no real need to try and make some "deluxe" brand look like "instant orgasm" candy or something like that.

Revnak:

...this is far more fitting. I honestly can't bother to care anymore. Sure, sometimes Burger King makes a commercial where two women erotically feed each other their disgusting greasy flavorless hamburgers, and that makes me cringe, but usually I just don't care.

I had Burger King recently after not having it for... Years.

I hated it, really honestly hated it. Mostly because it sticks with you the whole day. It's the only time fast food has genuinely made me feel sick.

Friendly Lich:
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Yeah, but at that point I just use my left arm while the other rests. Seriously though, I don't mind because when I'm watching something with sexualized advertisements, it's at a point where I am not trying to focus or do anything important. They are mostly just eye-rollers because I know exactly what they're going for.

Witty Name Here:
Well, in all honesty, the ads I find the most annoying are the chocolate ads.

I love chocolate, but there's no real need to try and make some "deluxe" brand look like "instant orgasm" candy or something like that.

Revnak:

...this is far more fitting. I honestly can't bother to care anymore. Sure, sometimes Burger King makes a commercial where two women erotically feed each other their disgusting greasy flavorless hamburgers, and that makes me cringe, but usually I just don't care.

I had Burger King recently after not having it for... Years.

I hated it, really honestly hated it. Mostly because it sticks with you the whole day. It's the only time fast food has genuinely made me feel sick.

Dude, I just can't stand most fast food burgers anymore. Anything below Jack-in-the-Box (which is far from great) just makes me sick. I'll do it if I have to, but I know that my body will not be happy with me.

Lilani:
I can't really speak as a man because I'm not one, but I do wonder how much sex sells with women, and how much it is actually tried in marketing. I know the Old Spice Guy greatly boosted Old Spice's sales, and I know if I had a man at the time I would have jokingly-but-maybe-a-bit-seriously urged him to get Old Spice. Not only because I actually like the smell...but mmmmmm. That man.

Christ, I hope I don't smell any Chanel on a girl any time soon because that's going to make me think of Brad Pitt.

Confusing boner in 3....

Sex in ads doesn't really bother me.

I'm more likely to be annoyed at men being portrayed as useless in ads. Doesn't always happen, but the "lame dad" trope is rather tedious.

Sex in advertising doesn't distract me, it offends me. it's an insult to my intelligence to try and sell me an unrelated product solely on the basis of sex, and it tells me the company doesn't have enough confidence in their product to sell it on its own merits.

Pretty much...

The thing is, the fact that I get tired of it probably doesn't even mean the advertisement doesn't work.

Lilani:
I can't really speak as a man because I'm not one, but I do wonder how much sex sells with women, and how much it is actually tried in marketing. I know the Old Spice Guy greatly boosted Old Spice's sales, and I know if I had a man at the time I would have jokingly-but-maybe-a-bit-seriously urged him to get Old Spice. Not only because I actually like the smell...but mmmmmm. That man.

I think the thing about the Old Spice guy is that he was funny. There's that whole women-get-turned-on-by-humour-and-personality-over-physical-attractiveness stereotype which, while I don't know how true it is, could be why the Old Spice guy wasn't just made as a pair of abs to drool over.

Even with not that much sexual advertisement aimed at me, in fact I can't think of examples right now but I know there have been, (as a lady I appreciate sexy ladies but I know that I'm not the demographic of those adverts so I don't feel that they are talking to me,) I get uncomfortable with sexy men pouting on adverts as if I'm going to buy their product just because they have a model with a chiselled jaw and pretty eyes.

BonGookKumBop:
if someone pulled a Morpheus, held out two pills, and said, "one will make it so you get more sex than you want and one will make it so you want more sex than you get," which one would you take?

I dunno if it's because I'm female and the plumbing is different... but I'd like to take the second pill. The first pill sounds like my last two relationships ("Ugh, I really don't want to have sex right now but my boyfriend wants to") and the second pill sounds like my current relationship ("I WANT TO HAVE SEX ALL THE TIME but he needs a rest ;_;") and I'm a lot happier with it this way round. But I guess I am still having *some* sex, I might be going insane if I wasn't, I suppose.

lisadagz:
I think the thing about the Old Spice guy is that he was funny. There's that whole women-get-turned-on-by-humour-and-personality-over-physical-attractiveness stereotype which, while I don't know how true it is, could be why the Old Spice guy wasn't just made as a pair of abs to drool over.

Even with not that much sexual advertisement aimed at me, in fact I can't think of examples right now but I know there have been, (as a lady I appreciate sexy ladies but I know that I'm not the demographic of those adverts so I don't feel that they are talking to me,) I get uncomfortable with sexy men pouting on adverts as if I'm going to buy their product just because they have a model with a chiselled jaw and pretty eyes.

Yeah, I think you're definitely right about that. He was breathtakingly sexy, but the humor gave that sexiness just a bit of substance. I can find plenty of sexy men online, but the Old Spice guy had something a hot bod doesn't have on its own. And that's probably why guys like him too.

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