Aaaanyway, she recently wrote a post on subliminal sex messages in advertising. Go and have a look, it's worth it just for the curiosity factor alone.
Go on, I'll wait right here.
Are you back? Were you as gobsmacked and dumbfounded as I was? At the raw obviousness of some and the rather hidden and devious efforts of others?
Okay, so now, having seen all that and (I am) thinking, well, of course, sex sells and all that. We are adults, that is all aimed at adults, it's all well and good. Sort of. Plus I'm above it all and that whole subliminal thing is a bunch of psycho mumbo jumbo drivel etc etc. It's only the perverted who actually see it and worse are the ones who actively go looking for it in the media.
Well she more recently did another post on the same topic. On subliminal sex messages in children's movies. Disney movies to be exact. Go on, off you go. Just make sure your little Minnies or Mickeys aren't staring over you shoulder as they focus in on the familiar and then not quite so familiar images.
Did you go look?
Oh. My. God.
I have two girls. And I am bloody terrified of having to raise them past the age of
So how does the world help me at the tender young ages I find them at now?
It puts a subliminal word in Rapunzel's hair and another in the night sky with Simba. It has Snow White contemplating oral sex and Minnie dancing with an oversized penis. Even if it is only directed at the adults who understand the word sex, then that is bad enough. We don't need that kind of encouragement to get our kids to watch your movies. Seriously.
Can this be real?
And if it is, then I am 'this' close to boycotting Disney forever.
Some illustrators either have a sick sense of humour or some nerds have way too much time on their hands looking for the subliminal images.
I am totally and utterly horrifed. Yet not all together shocked either, which is probably worse.
What do you make of it all?