Speaking of PSA posters that objectify with pornulated imagery the very class of people their message purports to serve, get a load of this “consent awareness” ad from the British Home Office. The ad is intended for publication in a magazine read (or, possibly more accurately, looked at) by puerile male heterosexuals, the chief attraction of which periodical is photos of “Bedroom Babes!” and “Celebs Naked on TV!” The magazine, naturally, is called Nuts. The Home Office hopes their ad will guide the insightful readers of Nuts “to greater awareness and understanding of what consent means” and even that it will somehow “[dispel] myths about the type of people who commit rape.”
The notion that puerile male heterosexuals might wish to acquaint themselves with difficult modern concepts like “right” and “wrong” sure is ground-breaking. Never before in the history of the world have young men been called upon to assume such awesome responsibility.
And, it turns out, they still haven’t been.
A crotch-shot with a “Do Not Enter” sign, coupled with the authoritarian threat of imprisonment, appears to be the extent to which Britain’s babe-obsessed youth are expected to appreciate the concept of rape.
According to an Amnesty International report referenced by BBC News, 1/3 of the UK population believe that flirty women are to blame for their own rapes. I suppose the Home Office doesn’t want to swim against the tide of public opinion by suggesting to anyone that rape is wrong because women are human beings.