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  1. Profile photo of jtrebowski
    jtrebowski Male 40-49
    3359 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 7:34 am
    Link: Is This Billboard Offensive? - Online petition gets billboard removed. Women concerned about teenage daughters being whistled at.
  2. Profile photo of faaaaq
    faaaaq Male 18-29
    693 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    really? women are THAT stupid? way to not perpetuate the stereotype, ladies.
  3. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 1:40 pm
    Yes, it`s offensive. It`s hard to believe anyone could be stupid enough to OK this.
  4. Profile photo of regediT
    regediT Male 18-29
    716 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm
    Sounds like a bunch of whiney women to me.
  5. Profile photo of GlockPants
    GlockPants Male 18-29
    163 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 1:53 pm
    I fail to see how this could be seen as offensive. Please explain yourself.
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    Xerasia Female 18-29
    1181 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 1:58 pm
    i don`t find it that offensive at all. it`s cute.
  7. Profile photo of madduck
    madduck Female 50-59
    7560 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm
    I don`t find it offensive- but then I have never felt threatened by whistling but I know women who are and I assume they might not like it. Before you say it- some women find being barracked very unsettling and unpleasant- as I said, I don`t but I am quite tall ( 5`11 ) and not at all easily upset.
    If some of you think this is being whiney- imagine how you would feel if a crowd of men yelled at your daughter- or mother to ` get yer tits out darlin.... ` as she went down the street?
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    turdburglar Male 30-39
    4896 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm
    It`s sad when people try soooooo hard to be ofended.
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
    6739 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm
    No it`s really not. :<
  10. Profile photo of Mimbles
    Mimbles Female 18-29
    118 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm
    Why is being thought to be good looking offensive? I dont get why people get all offended when someone notices they`re attractive. Should we all just walk around starring at the floor so we dont accidentally find someone attractive?
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    thatjimguy Male 30-39
    459 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 2:11 pm
    It`s probably a clothes store, where the objective is to look good enough to attract men. Simple as that. This seems more about getting publicity than anything. Stupid. It`s like the Marilyn Manson protests by Christian groups, it just publicized him all the more.

    As annoyed as some women are by guys who do that, most get an ego trip from the attention.
  12. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm
    I fail to see how this could be seen as offensive. Please explain yourself.

    I don`t need to explain myself to you, and neither does any other woman that doesn`t want to be subjected to a group of men verbalising their baser insiticts at them.
  13. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm
    Why is being thought to be good looking offensive?

    It isn`t. Acting on what you think by inappropriately imposing yourself in an intimidating way on other people is.
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    thatjimguy Male 30-39
    459 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm
    MacGuffin, although I respect your personal feelings towards this, if most women in the world TRULY felt the way you do, no woman would shop this store and adverting campaigns would not have brought it forward. It there because it`s true, women want to be attractive (and are very competitive about it) to get the best men.
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    banur Male 18-29
    250 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm
    Why did this come to my mind?
  16. Profile photo of NNoamfer
    NNoamfer Male 18-29
    1216 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm
    Get over yourself, you crybaby "I`m offended" non-nice individuals.
  17. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17514 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm
    MacGuffin: I fail to see how a guy whistling his approval of the looks of the opposite sex is sexist in anyway.

    I mean unless you`re a lesbian, why would any woman be offended? After all women want to be sexy right? Men whistling are just compliments on the good job that particular woman is doing on making herself look good.

    What`s the difference between whistling and clapping for a good acting/music/dance performer or laughing at a comedians jokes?

    If you put yourself out there like that, don`t be offended by the compliments you get.
  18. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm
    It there because it`s true, women want to be attractive (and are very competitive about it) to get the best men.

    Which is not nearly the same thing as being leered and verbalised at by a crowd of ignorant men.

    I`m amazed at some of the ignorance I`m reading on here, guys (and some ladies). To the guys: if you`re honestly so OK with whistling at women as a concept, why don`t you try doing it next time you`re on your own in the street and see a woman you find attractive? - see if she reciprocates or appreciates that behaviour that you claim to find so reasonable. Stay in one spot and keep doing it to every woman that goes past that you fancy; see if the Police think it`s funny or innocent when they turn up to have a word with you. If you don`t feel comfortable with doing any of that, ask yourself why not?; because the answer to that question will tell you exactly why it`s unacceptable behaviour for a company to encourage in its male workers.
  19. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm
    I mean unless you`re a lesbian, why would any woman be offended?

    And, once again, Crakr wins the most idiotic comment of the thread award. I`ll let a lesbian explain to you why you`re an idiot; I can`t be bothered.
  20. Profile photo of LordJim
    LordJim Male 60-69
    6952 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm
    Whistling construction workers? How should women respond? Giggle like Barbara Windsor in a Carry On movie?

    The sign explains that the company`s employees can be expected to harrass anyone they find sexually attractive. And if you don`t like it you should`t have yaddayadda you`re trying to emasculate men blahblahblah. MRA jerks.

    Of course it is bloody offensive.
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    Kegomatix Male 18-29
    1341 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm
    Come on now... It`s common knowledge that everything is offensive.
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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
    8044 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm

  23. Profile photo of Kegomatix
    Kegomatix Male 18-29
    1341 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm
    I spent years in the construction industry, we never whistled at any passing women.... Were we doing it wrong?
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    Atrayu4u Female 18-29
    1478 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm
    If I got whistled at, which sometimes I do, but I never seem to be by construction sites when that happens, I just blush and look around to see who I`m dealin` with. If they were to -continue- to do such things, I`d... continue to walk away, like I would have at one whistle.
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    Atrayu4u Female 18-29
    1478 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm
    Yes, Kegomatix, you should have been ignoring the work you were being paid to do an drooled over chicks all day ;)
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    unmercyfuldu Male 18-29
    762 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm
    "What`s the difference between whistling and clapping for a good acting/music/dance performer or laughing at a comedians jokes?"

    So we are to assume that a woman walking down the street, attractive or not, is asking to be judged by a sexual standard? Her value summed up in sexual currency? So in your mind women are just put on this planet to entertain you much like a comedian, musician or artist? They are all seeking your approval by existing? That is why it is sexist. Why is it assumed that all women minus lesbians are to value your appraisal of their worth as sexual objects?
  27. Profile photo of BenTheBug
    BenTheBug Male 18-29
    1195 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm
    How dare they stereotype and encourage others to stereotype male construction workers in such a negative way like this!
  28. Profile photo of Grendel
    Grendel Male 40-49
    6170 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm
    MacGuffin-"Yes, it`s offensive. It`s hard to believe anyone could be stupid enough to OK this"

    Please think about this.

    This is an advertising ploy. There are no men whistling. It`s probably for a lady`s clothing store.

    I found it humerous. It plays off of old film (where construction men whistling at women was a common stchick), and let`s them know that the store will be opening soon.

    But, unfortunately, seeing as some people have nothing better to do than to search hard for things to be offended about, this advertisement is now gone.

    I find it much less offensive that, say, THIS `acceptable` ad:


    But, in this screwed up world, Calvin Klein is `acceptable` and the construction add was `offensive`.

    My take? Yes, you have the right to be offended. So effin what?
  29. Profile photo of WhiteGryphyn
    WhiteGryphyn Female 18-29
    97 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm
    I don`t see a problem with it. They`re obviously a fashion shop trying to be funny. I think some people are over-sensitive and make trouble when none is needed.
  30. Profile photo of LordJim
    LordJim Male 60-69
    6952 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm
    CrakrJak

    Try to understand, just because you find a woman attractive it doesn`t mean she wants to attract you.
  31. Profile photo of LordJim
    LordJim Male 60-69
    6952 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm
    MeGrendel

    That`s a billboard? I don`t think you would get away with that in the UK.
  32. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm
    MeGrendel

    I honestly

    find your posts impossible to

    read.

    Please learn to write in contiguous sentences

    addressing one issue at a time

    instead of

    like; an ee cummings
    poem.
  33. Profile photo of regediT
    regediT Male 18-29
    716 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm
    @MacGuffin I find most of your posts boring to read, please make your responses concise. Plus it`s a bit of light humour, some are clearly looking too deep into this.
  34. Profile photo of GlockPants
    GlockPants Male 18-29
    163 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 3:37 pm
    "I don`t need to explain myself to you, and neither does any other woman that doesn`t want to be subjected to a group of men verbalising their baser insiticts at them."

    Sorry you feel that way, but why should anyone believe your opinion of the matter if you don`t try explain it?

    And I asked nicely.

    Makes me wonder if you`re this off putting in person or just when you`re talking to strangers on the internet.
  35. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
    32813 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 3:44 pm
    Where does it say the workers are "men"??? Nowhere, that`s where!
    It`s OBVIOUSLY intended to be funny, and plays on the viewer`s own sexist stereotypes to do so!

    Thus if you`re offended by this, you are SEXIST!
    So there :-P

  36. Profile photo of Grendel
    Grendel Male 40-49
    6170 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm
    @LordJim

    Yup, that was a billboard in Manhattan.



    @MacGuffin

    Here, maybe you need to invest in this:



    As far as E.E. Cummings (proper capitalization and all), I prefer D.H. Lawrence:

    I never saw a wild thing
    sorry for itself.
    A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
    without ever having felt sorry for itself.

    I`m partial to William Blake, also:

    If thought is life
    And strength and breath,
    And the want
    Of thought is death,
    Then am I
    A happy fly,
    If I live
    Or if I die.
  37. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 3:53 pm
    @MeGrendel: td*;dr





    * disjointed
  38. Profile photo of mon360
    mon360 Male 13-17
    735 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm
    being offended is 4 losers
  39. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12387 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 4:44 pm
    It isn`t. Acting on what you think by inappropriately imposing yourself in an intimidating way on other people is.

    I`ve been whistled at, usually but not always by men. It wasn`t intimidating in the slightest.

    It`s nice that you`ve never had anyone intimidate you. You`d know what it was if it ever happened to you, so obviously it hasn`t. I`m not being sarcastic - I genuinely find it nice when people can live their lives without even knowing what an unpleasant thing is.
  40. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12387 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm
    madduck`s post is calm, rational and an explanation of her point of view. Anyone who is futilely asking MacGuffin anything could just read madduck`s post instead.

    Personally, I think the billboard is offensive, though not intolerably so. It`s a negative stereotype of construction workers as crude and uncouth, which is offensive. It also encourages the crudity and uncouthness that it ascribes to all construction workers, which is also offensive.

    But I also think that it`s an advert aimed (and well aimed) specifically at the intended market for the shop - the specific group of women who are potential customers (and not their mothers, who aren`t).
  41. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm
    It`s nice that you`ve never had anyone intimidate you. You`d know what it was if it ever happened to you, so obviously it hasn`t.

    It`s sweet that you imagine you`ve got a special insight into any woman`s life, let alone mine, Angilion, just from reading one comment on the internet. You must be very special. Or deluded, one of the two.
  42. Profile photo of jtrebowski
    jtrebowski Male 40-49
    3359 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm
    I couldn`t help but notice that there are some people who think simply being offended by almost anything is unacceptable. Does that mean making crude comments about their fathers is ok?
    The other point I`d like to make is that none of the morons defending this billboard have daughters.
  43. Profile photo of Grendel
    Grendel Male 40-49
    6170 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm
    MacGuffin-"td*;dr "

    Actually had to Google that one, as I had no idea wtf it was.

    I take it is the web equivelent of saying

  44. Profile photo of Grendel
    Grendel Male 40-49
    6170 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm
    jtrebowski-" think simply being offended by almost anything is unacceptable."

    Being offended by anything IS unacceptable, as SOME people ARE offended by ANYTHING, as they make it their life`s goal to BE offended.

    The fact that some people WILL be offended by ANYTHING lessens the mere act to being offended, and thusly lessens the attention people pay to people who are offended for viable reasons.

    The the old `boy who cried wolf` or `al sharpton cried racism` situation. Yes, racism exists. But it`s hard to take seriously anyone who is offended by the astronomical term `Black Hole` and consider it `racist`, and thus people get tired of people getting offended and calling `racism`.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36667 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I think this is more offensive....and funnier.


  46. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12387 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 6:19 pm
    It`s sweet that you imagine you`ve got a special insight into any woman`s life, let alone mine, Angilion, just from reading one comment on the internet. You must be very special. Or deluded, one of the two.

    I was stating a conclusion from something you wrote yourself. That doesn`t require any insight. It just requires the ability and willingness to read and to understand.

    Ah, that explains why you think it`s some kind of special insight.

    Why do you consider what sex people are that to be so monumentally important that you levered it into your post so clumsily? The irrelevancy of it stands out a mile.

    I`m only asking you that question because questions obviously irritate you. I`m bored and you`re irritating enough to make it mildly diverting to throw a question at you to see what irrelevant ranting and silly insults you`ll spew out instead of an answer.
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    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
    3564 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm
    If you don`t want your daughter getting whistled at don`t let her dress like a whore. Also, this is still offensive because it`s a bit sexist. Might as well say "the construction is taking a while because WOMEN are doing the work!"
  48. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 7:17 pm
    I was stating a conclusion from something you wrote yourself. That doesn`t require any insight. It just requires the ability and willingness to read and to understand.

    Oh, really, were you? Because from here it looked like your conclusion about me ("It`s nice that you`ve never had anyone intimidate you") was based on something that madduck actually said ("I have never felt threatened by whistling") rather than anything I wrote. Now, what was that you were saying about having an ability to read and to understand again?
  49. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm
    Why do you consider what sex people are that to be so monumentally important that you levered it into your post so clumsily? The irrelevancy of it stands out a mile.

    In a thread about men whistling at women, I`ll let you work out for yourself why gender is an issue of relevance. It shouldn`t be beyond even someone with your level of incomprehension and inability to follow facts accurately to work it out if you try *really* hard.
  50. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 7:20 pm
    If you don`t want your daughter getting whistled at don`t let her dress like a whore.

    It`s hard to believe that there are women this dumb in the world. If a woman gets raped and she`s wearing a skirt, is that her fault too, by the rules in effect on your planet?
  51. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12387 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 7:26 pm
    Oh, really, were you? Because from here it looked like your conclusion about me ("It`s nice that you`ve never had anyone intimidate you") was based on something that madduck actually said ("I have never felt threatened by whistling") rather than anything I wrote. Now, what was that you were saying about having an ability to read and to understand again?

    Are you parodying yourself or are you serious? I can`t tell.

    I *quoted your text* when replying to it and you claim you thought I was replying to something else written by someone else.

    Yes, that`s a good example of what I was saying about being willing and able to read and understand. Thank you for making it bloody obvious how right I am about you.

    Also, as a lesser example of my point, you ignored one of the two key words. Ability is not the same as willingness and ability.
  52. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12387 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 7:32 pm
    In a thread about men whistling at women, I`ll let you work out for yourself why gender is an issue of relevance. It shouldn`t be beyond even someone with your level of incomprehension and inability to follow facts accurately to work it out if you try *really* hard.

    I`m sorry. I should have realised that I needed to use several posts each time in order to carefully explain everything to you.

    No, wait, it wouldn`t matter. You don`t lack the ability to read and understand. You lack the will to do so.

    The subject in question had nothing to do with men whistling at women. It was about people being intimidated. Posts in a thread are not necessarily always about the title of the thread.

    You should have known that the subject had changed because you were the person who changed it. Do you not read even your own posts?
  53. Profile photo of PizzaPits
    PizzaPits Male 18-29
    553 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm
    *Sigh*.... People take the world too seriously.. It`s just a sign. It doesn`t mean the construction workers are actually going to whistle at you or hit on you. In fact, I bet a lot of construction companies have policies against that. It is the 21st century after all.. They`re just using a common stereotype to reinforce their lame joke about going under a remodel. That`s all it is.. It seems to me that people who have no life and feel like they need to stand up for something (as unnecessary as it may be) are the one`s who bombard people with petitions in order to take harmless crap like this down. People need to get over themselves and stop letting themselves get offended by dumb s.hit like this. Life`s too short to give that many s.hits over nothing.
  54. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12387 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 7:44 pm
    If you don`t want your daughter getting whistled at don`t let her dress like a whore.

    That`s a dumb thing to say, on more than one level. Firstly, people can easily get whistled at in almost any clothing. It makes little difference unless it`s enough to qualify as a disguise. When I was younger and being whistled at, I was always dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt or t-shirt. Secondly, prostitutes often dress more conservatively than an average woman out on the town.

    Also, this is still offensive because it`s a bit sexist. Might as well say "the construction is taking a while because WOMEN are doing the work!"

    True, although it would be a closer comparison if you added some clearer sexist stereotyping, something like "The construction is taking a while because women are doing the work and they stop often to polish their nails and gossip spitefully behind each other`s backs".
  55. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm
    >>>The subject in question had nothing to do with men whistling at women.<<<

    I think you`ll find the thread intro contained the exact phrase, and I quote, "Women concerned about teenage daughters being whistled at". And, even making allowances for the likelihood that you may not have seen a real one up close before, if you cross-reference the supplied photograph carefully with Wikipedia, you should just be able to discern that it is specifically the female of the species that is being depicted as the subject of construction worker whistling, and not homo sapiens as a more general target :



    ...
  56. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    But please, do carry on making demonstrably-unsupportable statements in support of your uninformed views; it`s quite entertaining to see someone so willing to lay their ignorance bare.
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    Zeegrr60 Male 40-49
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    June 23, 2012 at 8:03 pm
    What an idiot with free time can accomplish is amazing!
  58. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm
    You should have known that the subject had changed because you were the person who changed it. Do you not read even your own posts?

    PS: No, I didn`t change the subject. Quote me, if you believe I did. All of my posts have been about the specific subject of men leering at and verbally abusing women, which is what this thread is about. It doesn`t surprise me that you`d make yet another unfounded assertion, however: it`s abundantly clear that you don`t read before posting.
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    lawndartsftw Male 40-49
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    June 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm
    ITT : rustled jimmies !!
  60. Profile photo of PizzaPits
    PizzaPits Male 18-29
    553 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 8:14 pm
    You guy`s about done trying to prove who`s smarter than who? Don`t forget that this is the internet and your little arguments don`t mean anything here.
  61. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 8:17 pm
    You *guy`s about done trying to prove who`s smarter than **who? Don`t forget that this is the internet and your little arguments don`t mean anything here.

    * guys
    ** whom

    OK, I`m done now. Goodnight all.
  62. Profile photo of PizzaPits
    PizzaPits Male 18-29
    553 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 8:27 pm
    "* guys
    ** whom

    OK, I`m done now. Goodnight all."

    Haha, I figured as much. That seems to be the way idiots work these days. Those who don`t have a real reply just proofread the other person`s post while using pedantic speech in order to mask the fact that they don`t know what their talking about. That`s what all of your posts are MacGuffin..
  63. Profile photo of jtrebowski
    jtrebowski Male 40-49
    3359 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 9:09 pm
    @PizzaPits: Since you seem to have missed the point of this post.....Your Mom. Now, STFU. (no offense)
  64. Profile photo of jtrebowski
    jtrebowski Male 40-49
    3359 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 9:13 pm
    @MeGrendel: You make a valid point. Can I use that the next time I call some right-wing knuckle-dragging douchebag a child-molesting tea-bagging racist idiot who porks their fathers?
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    inaria Female 18-29
    1515 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm
    If anything this is offensive to the construction workers who are being forced into a stereotype. I have been whistled at before, but never by construction workers. I`m sure their workers are professional and wouldn`t whistle at mall-goers walking by the renovation, so the company was just trying to be witty. If anything it is the construction workers who should be offended by the company making jokes at their expense. :\ Don`t see what some women on here have their panties in a bunch over...
  66. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12387 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 9:22 pm
    PS: No, I didn`t change the subject. Quote me, if you believe I did.

    As I said in the previous post, I did quote you. That`s what I replied to. In my reply, I quoted the text I was replying to. That`s what quoting is for.

    Now reply by demanding I quote you again, or by saying I was replying to someone else when I quoted you, or just make something up. If you repeat it often enough, I`ll become bored enough to ignore you and what was actually written will be on a different page and therefore nobody will see it.

  67. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12387 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 9:29 pm
    Checking back, I think I see what I`ve missed.

    When you wrote in entirely sex-neutral language about how whistling at someone is always and inherently intimidating them, i.e. a deliberate act of intimidation, you were thinking only in terms of the sexist stereotypes you favour. So of course it was sex-specific *in your mind* even though your words were sex-neutral and you were talking in general terms and not specifically about this advert.

    The mistake is mine. Your sexism is as easily predictable as your amusingly puerile attempts to insult me and I should have taken it into account.
  68. Profile photo of xiquiripat
    xiquiripat Male 18-29
    2422 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 9:29 pm
    I laughed. But I see how it can be offensive. Probably wiser to remove it. But seeing as how she didn`t complain about the actual construction workers means that it seems to be a play on a stereotype/behavior that`s largely disappeared. But symbols still matter.

    Also reading this thread was amusing. I can always count on you IAB.
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
    11741 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 9:47 pm
    Robyn Marano, vice president of marketing for MarketFair, did not respond to requests for comment.

    She couldn`t come out and publicly say that they were forced to pander to a bunch of douchetards who have their panties up their twats.

    If you`re worried about what your daughter is doing or what might happen to her at the mall, don`t just drop her off at the door. Teach kids what`s right and wrong and let them learn to stand on their own. Not to mention the old stereotype about construction workers is a lot of crap. These women must still think we live in the `50s.
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    jtrebowski Male 40-49
    3359 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 10:14 pm
    freddyferret: "Not to mention the old stereotype about construction workers is a lot of crap. These women must still think we live in the `50s."

    I feel a whistle coming on. Do you have a little girl I can try it on?
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    jtrebowski Male 40-49
    3359 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm
    freddyferret: "a bunch of douchetards who have their panties up their twats."

    This. This is why i posted this link. i knew there`d be a crowd who`d get their own panties in a wad over the whole "political corectness" thing" that it would generate responsive thread. Maybe if we spent less time bitching about that and more time trying to be polite and NOT offend each other, we`d live in a better world. it`s either that, or, we can make jokes about how stupid conservatives are. Your choice.
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    thatjimguy Male 30-39
    459 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 11:27 pm
    >>Which is not nearly the same thing as being leered and verbalised at by a crowd of ignorant men.

    Actually, it is. And the men are not ignorant. They know they are leering. But what are they leering at you might ask? A girl with a nice dress that shows off her legs on complete purpose perhaps?

    Tell you what if some women have a problem with it, they can choose not to wear things that men consider hot. Of course, most will not do this will they? Women find the benefits of being attractive outweigh the negative.

    Go ahead, convince young attractive women not to wear nice outfits that accentuate the positive and see how long that lasts. Good luck to you.
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    thatjimguy Male 30-39
    459 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 11:29 pm
    Kitteh9lives...that`s because the guys was obviously blue collar.

    Have a guy in a Ferrari wearing the latest GQ pull up and do that and watch what happens.
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    JUGGALETTEx0 Female 18-29
    1380 posts
    June 23, 2012 at 11:34 pm
    @macguffin, um...no one was whistling...it was just a billboard. It`s cute. And I`m pretty sure those are up so no one can see them building while it`s under construction, so all the people working on it, are behind it, not outside whistling at people walking by seeing as how they can`t even see anyone. It is CLEARLY and EXTREMELY OBVIOUSLY a joke, especially considering the bottom that says "so will we soon, please pardon our dust, dirt, and other assorted inconveniences". So yeah, it`s just a joke relax. People are wayyy too sensitive these days. Damn.
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    paperduck Male 18-29
    1745 posts
    June 24, 2012 at 12:28 am
    Oh now we`re not free speech defenders... Maybe in one of tomorrow`s posts we`ll replay that card.

    Everyone please sort out your own "rights and responsibilities" list in your brain. I`m tired of BS people flip flopping their arsenal of "principles" depending on whether they agree or disagree with something.
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    DrProfessor Male 18-29
    3894 posts
    June 24, 2012 at 12:29 am
    That`s cute and clever, and playing off a cheesy (outdated) stereotype. People get offended way too easily.
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    madduck Female 50-59
    7560 posts
    June 24, 2012 at 2:09 am
    I went to bed, but I `think` the point some are trying to make is this- that some women find being whistled and barracked unpleasant- not all workers do it (this advert is unfair on those people)- but often whistles become shouts of either approval or disdain. Given that it is rare that a woman is whistled at for being chic- more often because she looks beddable- there are plenty of people who would assume that this poster is condoning what they see as rude and uncouth behaviour by workers. Generally we try not to condone rude and uncouth behaviour. Looking like a dowdy frump does NOT exclude one from barracking- it just changes its tone- which is just as unpleasant.
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    Sistarose Female 30-39
    373 posts
    June 24, 2012 at 2:28 am
    I laughed, was I offended, damn no. There are way to many really offensive people around to be worried about an half witted sign.
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    cfwestdotie Male 18-29
    184 posts
    June 24, 2012 at 6:09 am
    everythings offensive these days, ridic
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    Grendel Male 40-49
    6170 posts
    June 24, 2012 at 6:36 am
    MacGuffin-"it`s quite entertaining to see someone so willing to lay their ignorance bare."

    Which why your posts are so popular. Tedious, but occasionally entertaining.

    jtrebowski-"if we spent less time bitching about that and more time trying to be polite and NOT offend each other,we`d live in a better world."

    Who says you have a right to not be offended? Why should anyone put any effort in not offending you? It`s still a free-country. People can be as offensive as they want.

    And you have the right to be offended. So what? The fact that you are offended does not affect anyone elses world at all. Nor is it worth a cash payout.

    And how would living in a world where NO one is EVER offended be `better`? Or are you still waiting for them to pass Amendments 211, 212, and 213 to the Constitution? (read "Harrison Bergeron")
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    LordJim Male 60-69
    6952 posts
    June 24, 2012 at 6:46 am
    madduck

    Well put.
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    jtrebowski Male 40-49
    3359 posts
    June 24, 2012 at 7:12 am
    MeGrendel: Striving to be nice doesn`t mean imposing laws. I piss people off sometimes, but I take care in being aware of who I`m pissing off.
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    PizzaPits Male 18-29
    553 posts
    June 24, 2012 at 7:37 am
    "Since you seem to have missed the point of this post.....Your Mom. Now, STFU. (no offense)"

    I didn`t miss the point of this post. I read the article. People were worried about their teen daughters getting the message that it`s okay for them to be harassed by guys just because of how they look. The title of the post asked, "Is this Billboard Offensive?" My opinion: no it isn`t. I actually posted my opinion about the article earlier. It`s a few pages in. So you can STFU.

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    jtrebowski Male 40-49
    3359 posts
    June 24, 2012 at 7:57 am
    @PizzaPits: Ok, so it`s not offensive to you, but why does it bother you and others that people with daughters might find it offensive? THAT was the point.
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    PizzaPits Male 18-29
    553 posts
    June 24, 2012 at 8:37 am
    " why does it bother you and others that people with daughters might find it offensive?"

    Simply because they blow it out of proportion. The sign is harmless. Teens are an ignorant bunch, but I don`t believe that just because a sign makes a joke about construction workers possibly whistling at them, that they`re automatically going to think it`s okay if it actually ends up happening to them.. Furthermore, it`s the parent`s job to teach their children what to do and how to react when they`re harassed. It`s a topic that should be included when your kid is getting to that age where they start to develop physically. I see this as a way for parents to point the finger and blame someone else for their lack of communication. From an early age, people need to teach their kids that what they see on TV, in magazines, and billboards doesn`t necessarily reflect the real world and shouldn`t be taken too seriously.
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    jtrebowski Male 40-49
    3359 posts
    June 24, 2012 at 8:54 am
    "From an early age, people need to teach their kids that what they see on TV, in magazines, and billboards doesn`t necessarily reflect the real world and shouldn`t be taken too seriously"

    That`s a valid point. I suppose there`s a lot of stuff on tv that others find offensive, but I don`t. The thing is, one can change a tv channel. It takes a petition to change a billboard.
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    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 24, 2012 at 10:30 am
    @MeGrendel: I saw my name at the top.

    Of your post.

    But as I explained before, I

    honestly

    don`t. Read your posts. Because they`re so

    full of dist... (oh look - a squirrel!)

    ractions, making them

    painfully disjointed and

    incoherent.
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    CoyoteKing Male 18-29
    2988 posts
    June 24, 2012 at 11:05 am
    So a bunch of ugly women were butt hurt that they were not actually getting whistled at and complained enough saying it was harassment. idiots. it was a clever sign, just leave them alone.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
    6170 posts
    June 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm
    MacGuffin-"I saw my name at the top. Of your post. But as I explained before, I honestly don`t. Read your posts."

    Translation: "My lack of rational argument forces me to fall back on the tried and true `LA LA LA I CAN`T HEAR YOU` approach."

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    PizzaPits Male 18-29
    553 posts
    June 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm
    "The thing is, one can change a tv channel. It takes a petition to change a billboard."

    That`s true, but I think the vast majority of people(including the teen girls everyone`s so worried about) aren`t going to take it literally as it`s made pretty clear that it`s a joke. Maybe I`m giving people too much credit, but I`d like to think that the world isn`t THAT stupid. I think it`s quite possible that most of the people who take this billboard literally are the ones who are offended by it.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
    6170 posts
    June 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm
    PizzaPits-"I`d like to think that the world isn`t THAT stupid."

    They`re not. Even the people complaining about it aren`t `that` stupid. They just enjoy going around finding things to be `offended` by. It gives their pitiful lives something resembling `meaning`, and delusions of mediocrity.

    PizzaPits-"it`s quite possible that most of the people who take this billboard literally are the ones who are offended by it."

    Even THEY don`t take it literally. They just see a good (in their mind) excuse to squawk and make some noise.

    What no one`s pointed out is that the construction workers in question CAN NOT EVEN SEE the patrons of the mall. The mall takes care that no patron can see the construction.

    (pssst....MacGuffin....this post doesn`t even concern you, so you don`t even have to post about how you didn`t read it.)
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    JUGGALETTEx0 Female 18-29
    1380 posts
    June 24, 2012 at 9:00 pm
    @megrendel, yes, that was already pointed out that the construction workers cannot even seen the shoppers.
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    Justin9235 Male 18-29
    1582 posts
    June 25, 2012 at 4:19 am
    Wow... 404 - Sense of humor not found
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    photomstr Male 50-59
    766 posts
    June 25, 2012 at 4:27 am
    only in `merca . . . jezuz wept
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    photomstr Male 50-59
    766 posts
    June 25, 2012 at 4:29 am
    all these offended people are offensive . . .
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    GlockPants Male 18-29
    163 posts
    June 25, 2012 at 10:35 am
    MeGrendel: "What no one`s pointed out is that the construction workers in question CAN NOT EVEN SEE the patrons of the mall..."

    Actually, JUGGALETTEx0 pointed that out. But it is still a good point to reitterate.
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    WargMaster Male 30-39
    42 posts
    June 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm
    "all these offended people are offensive . . ."

    THIS!

    Quit being whiny little bitches and just ignore it.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
    6170 posts
    June 25, 2012 at 1:25 pm
    GlockPants-"Actually, JUGGALETTEx0 pointed that out."

    My regards to Juggalette. I musta missed it.

    (psst...MacGuffin...this one`s not about you, either.)
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    MrAtari Male 40-49
    1566 posts
    June 25, 2012 at 11:54 pm
    no sense of humor...

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