Saturday, September 11, 2010
I (Heart) Boobies is in Hot Water
This post is a response to an article I read on Adrants regarding the latest marketing attempt to raise breast cancer awareness and how it has become just another platform to sell more stuff as oppose to truly educating people. Apparently, “I ♥ boobies” bracelets are all the rave according to another article the Adrants author referenced, written for Salon.com. The author of the Salon article isn’t too pleased with the bracelet campaign not because Schools are banning rubber bracelets, as if they are brain washing our youngsters.
She’s upset because she thinks they are rather tasteless and then she goes into an antidotal story about her mother having cancer. She goes on to explain that we place the breasts themselves on a pedestal and forgetting about the person who might actually die of cancer.
Well, please let me tell you something about marketing/advertising. You only have 10 to 15 seconds, maybe less to grab a person’s attention and persuade them to make a contribution to the cause that you are promoting. And boobs certainly grab attention. What’s one of the universal truths of advertising? I’m sure you already know, but sex sells.
Finally, in my opinion, any advertising that sells the product it promotes is a success. Anyway, what do you guys think? Are the bracelets tasteless or acceptable advertising?