It is rare that I feel the need to blog when angry, I usually like to let my thoughts cool off so I can put them in some semblance of order to articulate exactly why I am angry. Though in this case anger doesn’t factor in to it, more like total disappointment.
Before I begin I need to be 200% clear and state an aspect of my past in black and white:
Disclaimer: I have previously worked in Gentlemen’s clubs, often referred to as Strip Clubs or Erotic Clubs
I want to make it abundantly clear, I was not going to write about this as many of my own opinions are often in conflict on this subject.
There. So there is no misunderstanding about my stance in all this, I have no issue with sex, sexuality or items of an erotic nature, and yes I have seen (and used) a fair number over the last 15 years of my adult life. I have no issue with sex or erotica when it is portrayed sensibly and appropriately.
Look, I get it. Sex sells, always has done and sadly always will. It is the easiest method to draw in a mostly male dominated audience. I say mostly male as I know, and have known some women that like to watch erotic dancers. It is not unusual.
However, there is a majority of women that do not like to see this kind of thing, and there is a minority of men too. I for one don’t particularly care either way, I can take it or leave it.
What I have, I suppose you could call it a problem, with is the use of sex and erotica within an industry that really has no need or cause to use it.
This boils down to two key points in my mind:
How do you define “responsibility”? It depends on who you ask really, even the Oxford Dictionary has multiple definitions, the one I’m looking at here is:
A moral obligation to behave correctly towards or in respect of behaviour
This opens the question of “what is moral behaviour“. I’ve already said that I have no problems whatsoever with sex and erotica, but many folk view erotic dancing and sexual imagery as immoral.
Does the industry as a whole view the use of sex and erotica as justifiably responsible?
“able to make good judgements based on reason and experience rather than emotion; practical”
Making good judgements based on reason and experience. How then to anyone can the use of scantily clad women at an exhibition be classed as making good judgement based on reason?
I would dearly love to know what reason the vendor responsible had for these particular costumes. Though I suspect that the chap looking back over his shoulder is the main reason.
It is in the nature of us humans, myself included to double take when seeing something that catches their eye. Does that justify it?
To my mind, no. Does that put me up on a moral high horse? Did you read the disclaimer at the start of this post? I have no issues with sex, sexuality or erotica. I do have issue with the objectification of women to sell products. Does that make me a feminist?
Probably, I agree with some of the principles but I do not identify myself as a feminist.
Sadly, this particular aspect of the industry, that we as advocates are fighting so hard to protect, is a lot more divisive than a conversation on ‘vaping etiquette’ with a wide range of views.
Do I, as a male of 35 years agree with the use of sex in the vaping industry? The answer to that is a NO. This fledgling industry is already under intense scrutiny for a variety of reasons, by adding the use of sex and sexual imagery we’ve just handed our opponents another weapon.
I’ll be clear here, I will not support any vaping vendor, nor attend any vaping show that utilises this type of display. I have no issues with the women themselves, they chose their line of work and I commend them for it, but I am disappointed that they are part of an industry such as ours.
I would dearly love to see any and all sexual related advertising and stunts like the pole-dancers and bikini girls disappear from the vaping industry, if you are a responsible vaper, vendor or expo organiser you would make sure that this isn’t part of the industry, or at least make it clear that (for expo’s) that it’ll be there, so folks who don’t want to see it can choose not to go.
True it was warm in the hall, and not wearing a shirt has its benefits in that situation, but really is even this justifiable?
At least Mrs Wicked here has more on than the ones in the previous picture which makes this slightly better, but not by much. I mean skin-tight pants? Really?
I did feel kind of sorry for her having to wear them, but even though she was dressed like that, from what I saw there wasn’t much attention paid to her, at least not openly.
Of course, all of this is my opinion which you’ll either agree with or you won’t. The industry needs to get its collective head on straight. Yes it is an industry aimed at 18s and over, but do you really want to see heavy restrictions (which are coming anyway) with activities such as this?
Think about it, zero advertising at all. How would the industry encourage smokers to make the switch? Think about the advocates out there fighting to save this industry from overreaching regulations that can, and will destroy it. Do you really think that the female advocates want to be associated with these shenanigans? Do the men?
Get it together folks.
Thanks to VapeMeStoopid for the photos.
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