12/21/07

Breast cancer awareness, indeed.

How do you take something as grave and significant as breast cancer awareness and turn it into a shining beacon of repugnant misogyny?

Like this of course! (click on image for larger version)



Behold the imposing feat of raising crucial ‘awareness’ through a boobalicious mouse pad! If fondling gynormous rubber mammaries ensconced in a lacy blue number while surfing the interweb doesn’t make you well, lucidly aware of a pesky life threatening illness such as breast cancer and what it entails, then I can’t possibly imagine what will!

And what pray, is the infantile reasoning behind the achingly enlightening ‘creative’ ideas for this campaign?

This advertisement presents a tridimensional mouse mat with breasts made by rubber which positions females as target consumers. When you put hands on it and drag the mouse it seems like massaging breasts.

[Emphasis mine]

You see, since doing a self examination involves a certain amount of breast massaging, this mouse pad will immediately force people to ricochet off their seats with one gropey mouse click and have them actively massaging their breasts in a frenzied display of breast cancer ‘awareness’!

The clarity. The brilliance. It burns.

Oh, but it just gets better and better. This was made with women as target consumers. Maybe my propensity for being a harridan renders me incapable of anything but cynicism, but I would give my right hand to know what the creative heads at this agency were smoking. I mean, evidently they get their sublime inspirational leanings from your friendly frat-bro’s dudely guide to thrashing about in a cesspit of objectification and misogyny cause its FUN BITCHEZ, YEA! Or maybe they get their cues from manly websites* which are entirely devoted to the sale of mouse pads tastefully adorned with ergonomic boobs and ass cheeks peeking through a not-there thong which would have definitely made Sisqó or at the very least, Sir Mix-a-Lot proud. But oh, they care about you! These classily busty (and assy) pads are made specifically for reducing the risk of bodily injuries like carpel tunnel syndrome, by providing you with an ergonomic wrist rest in the form of the valley between the titties and butt cheeks. Imaginative, useful and exploitative! Now that’s a killer combination, if I ever saw one!

Some samples (possibly NSFW):





If anime floats your boat, then:



Right, so what are the differences between these mouse pads and the one made for ‘awareness’? Really, I’m on a need to know basis here. These mouse pads are marketing to guys who think exploitation and barefaced sexism is a bit o' fun for the bros and shit like this is oh-so-hilarious. So what really is the difference between the ‘awareness’ mouse pad and these uproarious nudge-nudge wink-wink protuberant ass/boobies and how does that translate into highlighting the importance of breast cancer self examination?

One can argue that the intent was noble of course (I think my eyes inadvertently rolled themselves into my skull), but isn’t that a contemptible way of excusing the obviously banal taste and design choices of the creative team behind this campaign? What really fuels my ire is the absurd sexualization of breast cancer in this instance. Because it concerns breasts see? We all know that boobies = sexay! Everyone wins! N.o.t.

And I can practically smell the apologist bull feces defending the mouse pad for its ‘witty’ and ‘subversive’ choices in dealing with a dreadful disease such as breast cancer.

So allow me to list them out myself.

1) But it’s done for a-w-a-r-e-n-e-s-s! Surely because of this righteous reason, the creative heads should be absolved of all responsibility and are above even a shred of criticism, even if they essentially mock and demean the female populace (the majority of folks who actually contract the disease y’all, go figure!) in the process.

2) Why don’t you have a sense of humor? Clearly this product has a sense of humor about it which is indispensable when faced with life threatening circumstances. So lighten up will ya? Jeebus!

3) Well, why do you find it preposterous that the mouse pad is marketed to women? You are a duplicitous bigot and you support heteronormativity because you cannot wrap your mind around the fact that women like breasts.

4) Why are you such a prude? I always knew that feminists hated sex and anything sexual and you just about proved my point. Aren’t you being hysterical about rubber boobs? Stop complaining, massage them and learn something in the process. They are made of rubber after all.

Have I left out anything else that a discerning boob/funbag/titty aficionado might find infuriating about my views on the ‘awareness’ mouse pad? Oh well, I tried.

What have we come to, when even a breast cancer self examination campaign is reduced to debasing women with its noxious objectification of the very body part plagued by the disease it sets out to raise awareness over?

Would it be acceptable to conceive of an awareness campaign for prostate cancer, with a phallic mouse pad adorned with an ergonomic bulging rubber scrotum/nuts/balls peeking out through a sexy not there g-string? No?

I’m just asking.

* No, I refuse to link to those websites.

61 comments:

Neodawn said...

“…females as target consumers…”… LOL

The agencies do such awareness campaigns, mainly targeting awards like the Cannes Lions and the Clios. A bit might be of social concern, but then it is just that; a bit. The competition in these categories are not cut throat, need not be approved by external clients and they need not even have an effective ad, since it cannot be measured by any sales but just by a nebulous indicator of awareness. So, they can think beyond an effective creative, as in this case.

This one is a clearly an insensitive ad, by a creative team who are clearly not aware of the seriousness of the awareness they are trying to propagate.

Neodawn said...

Related Link:
http://www.shoemoney.com/2007/12/21/help-save-boobs-frozen-pea-friday/

GettingThereNow said...

Brilliant post! And I am looking forward to those anon comments too that bash you for taking up this stand :)

the wannabe indian punkster said...

@ Neodawn:

A bit might be of social concern, but then it is just that; a bit.

Right, but that does not excuse them of anything. I'm pretty sure they could have found a million different ways to come up with an effective campaign without reducing it to protuberant rubber breasts. I'm just saying.

This one is a clearly an insensitive ad, by a creative team who are clearly not aware of the seriousness of the awareness they are trying to propagate.

I wonder if it is a case of them not just being 'aware' or being supremely callous (with great big globs of internalized sexism to boot) or a bit of both. I happen to lean more towards the last two options.

the wannabe indian punkster said...

@ Cee Kay: Thanks! And do click on the first picture to read the fine print on the poster. It is quite a large picture, so let me extend my NSFW warning again. :)

Rohini said...

WTF? The stupidity is even more appalling than the pure inappropriateness. This is targeted towards women? Who are actually going to use these? The Breast Cancer Awareness campaign obviously needs a new ad agency and marketing team...

Anonymous said...

You find the poster offensive because of the breasts and the size of breasts in it? You seem to be more angry about the exposed breast than the actual issue. There are so many important issues which make women suffer in the world and yet, you as a “feminist” choose to focus on a few fun toys and a mouse pad poster. So this is what your “feminism” is all about. Not a pretty picture.

Also, I want to know the conection between a few harmless office supplies and objecification. Just because you repeat yourself many times it does not become true. You have not made yourself convincing and I want to hear your views on this.

unpredictable said...

WTF! Seriously, I thought MY agency made bad ads, but this really takes the cake, redefines *bad* and takes *unimaginative* and *offensive* to a new level ... so much in a single go .. how very very accomplished ...

Loved ur post ... keep at it pls ..

the wannabe indian punkster said...

@ Rohini: Ohh, you got that right. Seriously though, when I saw it, I actually thought that there was some weird misrepresentation at play here, because I couldn't actually believe that it was a campaign for breast cancer awareness. It just, words fail me.

@ Anon: I'll answer your demands (and yes, they were whiny demands dripping with entitlement) in a later comment.

@ Unpredictable: Hello and thank you! Heh, you just about summed it up in your comment. Great accomplishment, indeed. Urgh.

GettingThereNow said...

*** DRUMROLL ***

Here they come! The anon commenters who find Punkster's taking offense at an offensive marketing strategy offensive. (Makes any sense?) :D

Seriously though, Anon. You really think these are a few harmless office supplies? Seriously?? Would you buy one for your sister or daughter? They ARE the supposed target groups for this campaign. Oh, did you mean harmless office supplies for YOU? OH! NOW it makes sense. Well, then we might as well label them "fun" too - no?

Personally, I cannot imagine ANY team to be so naive as to think that this is a "harmless" campaign and they are seriously delusional if they think that only the target group will buy it for the "target purpose" - i.e. spreadin awareness about breast cancer.

Oh, come to think of it - how about they have a picture of a woman who has had mastectomy on one side? THAT is more awareness generating for breast cancer na? I'll see how many items are bought then.

Anonymous said...

So punkster refuses to answer. Maybe because she has no answer?

Getting there now, I would definitely show it to my mother. Unlike punkster and other people like you she knows how to take a joke. I do not have a sister but I am sure that she would be fine with it too.We all know where our priorties are. We will not waste our time on trivial issues like this when women are being raped and killed everyday. I find it amusing that punkster who calls herself a "feminist" does not focus on those issues as much as she focuses on silly toys like this. she and you, you guys really need to lighten up and focus on real issues. That is all I am saying.

the mad momma said...

@ anon: sure - there are bigger issues like rape and harassment. but this too is a an issue. and certainly not one to be taken lightly.

a mouse pad with enourmous breasts is funny. but its not funny when you link it up with a terminal disease. i hope you can appreciate the fine difference.

@ tamilpunkster: thanks for bringing this to our attn.

the mad momma said...

@ anon - You know, I don't think it's funny laugh at a woman's body and make lewd jokes - but hey, whatever floats your boat. maybe men dont find it offensive if we make rude jokes about their balls -though i personally believe that ppl who leave anon comments and no way to get back to them, dont really have any...

the point is, if the idea is breast cancer awareness, they should find something that is interesting to women and certainly not go to the other extreme by doing something this tasteless. because this just defeats their purpose, doesnt it?

anyway, i dont find it funny when huge rubber boobs are tied to issues like a terminal disease. a disease that takes lives is not funny. regardless of whether you are male or female, i hope you can appreciate that point.

finally - yes, there are larger issues. And they are being addressed by many ppl all the time. that doesnt mean one ignores these. these are also issues. and i am sure you're smart enough to rememeber the old 'her blog, her choice of issue' argument. if this is what she chooses to write about, well this is what we stop by to read. those who dont think the issue is worth the space its taken up, why, the need just move on.

@ punkster. great post girl.

venkee said...

haha....i imagine their market share is not just limited to desperate sex starved men...when they market it this way and so they can sell more of these and make more money tat way.....and people who really want to massage those rubber boobies and have fun can cover it up sayin... oh hello!! i bought it cos blah...blah.....blah

Anonymous said...

nice ad nice concept

frissko said...

Anon - Don't you think the same kind of depravity lies at the root of the said ad as well those that you term real issues? Think about it..

Punkster - I tend to think the ad agency knows exactly what it is doing. By masquerading as a promoter of a 'just' cause, they've placed a moral sanction on the act of buying this mouse pad. Men can now 'extend their support' and buy these goodies without requiring to be covert about the whole thing.

UneFemmePlusCourageuse said...

Anonymous--
I love how easily you fit into Punkster's category four of "apologist bull feces." Quite perfect, really, that you didn't see that she had already covered all the arguments of you and your ilk.

Can't you see that everything is connected? Disembodied women's parts made into 'harmless' office supplies=objectification=society saying that womens' parts are equal to things which can be bought and sold and used and disposed of. And what does THIS train of thought lead to? Women being bought and sold and used and disposed of. Without their permission. It's systemic, and even if you can personally separate one from the other, there are plenty of arssholes out there who can't.

Anonymous said...

There are too many comments directed at me to answer separately. So I will just try to address all your attacks in one comment.

It is funny that punkster still has not answered. Anyway that is not the issue.

I know that my comment was an example of punksters point in the end of her post. so what? Just because she makes a point which makes fun of my stance that does not make her right. She needs to lighten up and take a joke. There are much bigger issues on this planet and she chooses to focus on this? This is the probelm with people like her.

And why is she upset? There are equal number of penis products as there are breast products. Should I be upset too? Should I throw a fit?I will not, because my time is precious and I will give it to meaningful issues.

That is where I feel her argument falls apart. Why does she not get upset about penis shaped products then?

Oh, does everyone have a problem with me being anonymous? What does that have to do with anything? Adress the argument, not the person behind it.

La vida Loca said...

think moronism hit a new low. wtf?
if i want to examine my breasts after touchung of of these i would seriously question my sexual orientation. seriously reeks of girl on girl fantasy don't u think?

Anonymous said...

I worked in an IT company for a while and from the kind of forwards that did the rounds there, I get the feeling most men would find this funny, would use it without thinking it is offensive to women. When something is so widely acceptable...........I've seen just about every girl I know use the "men will be men" statement to justify depravity. The more thingfs change the more they stay the same.

V

apu said...

hmm whats with anon's either/or argument? rape and abuse of women is a serious issue. so is objectification of women. i don't feel inclined to laugh at boobie mouse pads supposed to raise awareness of breast cancer - when - all around me, women's bodies are being used to sell every second thing! the either/or argument is akin to saying that no one should talk about darfur because iraq is burning...duh!

the wannabe indian punkster said...

@ Cee Kay: Oh, come to think of it - how about they have a picture of a woman who has had mastectomy on one side?

Excellent, excellent point. I haven’t seen our jokemeister cant-you-take-a-joke anon address that point yet and I doubt he will. But before I forget my manners, thanks a ton, you! :)

@ MM: Thank YOU for standing up to our resident objectification apologist. *bows* Though I doubt a single point would have gone through to his head.

@ Venkee: Yeah, it’s like a readymade excuse see? ‘But I bought it for a-w-a-r-e-n-e-s-s honey! You can’t be mad at me now!’ I can SO see that happening.

@ Anonymous (use a freaking name already!): Scat now. This blog is not for the likes of you.

@ Frissko: Exactly. Just like Venkee said above, it’s a good excuse and an extremely handy cover up for their interest in such products. ‘It’s for awareness! We all win!’ Blargh.

@ UneFemmePlusCourageuse: Isn’t it telling? I mean, I put ‘cant you take a JOKE’ down as one of the depraved apologist craphola reasons towards the end of my post, and what do you know, we have our own resident anon apologist trumpeting the same line. And amen amen amen, to your comment. You’ve put it down better than I ever could.

@ La vida Loca: Trust me, I don’t think any woman will find this campaign palatable, regardless of sexual orientation. What it reeks of is objectification and part of that objectification is sexualization of a freaking life threatening disease. That should turn anyone off. Except maybe the ‘bros’ and our anon here who think shit like this is just howlarious.

@ V: When something is so widely acceptable...........I've seen just about every girl I know use the "men will be men" statement to justify depravity.

Not to nitpick or anything, but have you ever wondered about why they do that?

@ Apu: Seriously! Anon’s non-arguments boggle the mind.

@ Apologist anon: Basically your stupendous arguments follow this unsurprising pattern:

a) Can’t you take a joke?

b) There are serious issues out there little woman.

c) Stop shouting and stop calling yourself a feminist because how dare you concentrate on y when x is obviously more important.

d) So can’t you take a joke?

Rinse and repeat ad nauseam. Newsflash, anon: repeating the same old hackneyed arguments over and over again will not miraculously render them true. Give it a rest, already. Now, let me address your ‘arguments’ one by one.

I know that my comment was an example of punksters point in the end of her post. so what? Just because she makes a point which makes fun of my stance that does not make her right. She needs to lighten up and take a joke.

If this isn’t already obvious to you, this is not ‘just a joke’. The fact that women’s disembodied body parts are used as toys, trinkets, office supplies and what have you is, in itself, horribly problematic and unfunny because it normalizes and culturally sanctions the objectification of women. It makes it that much easier to view women as possessions. To add insult to injury, this campaign takes it up several notches and sexualizes breast cancer awareness, for god’s sake. So I’m sorry, the commoditization of women’s bodies is just not that funny to me.

There are much bigger issues on this planet and she chooses to focus on this? This is the probelm with people like her.

Oh anon anon, red herring much? Your absurd rhetorical ploys will not hold water here, I’m afraid. It’s fascinating really, to see you come here and thump your chest about how I’m not focusing on ‘real’ issues, but who are you to come here and cry hoarse about what’s important or not? And how convenient, that you totally choose to ignore all my previous posts, a good number of them focusing on the very ‘real’ issues you’ve thumped your chest about, and pick this particular post to define what’s ‘real’ and what’s not. But do you realize that instead of offering a valid argument, you’re being nothing but dismissive? That does not address this post or the premise of this post in any way, shape or form. And guess what? Your rhetorical joo-joo does not invalidate anything I’ve said in this post! Fancy that!

And why is she upset? There are equal number of penis products as there are breast products.

Sigh, please stop throwing around statements arbitrarily and hoping that they’ll somehow come true. It’s a trifle pathetic, really. First of all, penis products are far FAR less in number than boob products etc and do realize that in representation and cultural significance, they stand for very different things. While boob products and other products made to represent female disembodied body parts are painfully representative of objectification and sexism, penis products paradoxically stand for the opposite. They aren’t meant to demean the penis, indeed the very nature of these products bizarrely celebrate the penis by simulating acts which are ‘culturally’ looked upon as debasing or submissive. I’m talking about products like chocolate penis, penis ice/candy pops and so on.

So run along, and come back here if you have a coherent argument without using any strawfeminists or red herrings. I’ll actually be nice this time and wait.

That Armchair Philosopher said...

bwahahahahahahahahaha.

*choke*

I'm not quite sure where to draw a line between hilarious marketing, and noxious objectification.. but a mousepad with nuts is _hardly_ what you'd consider ergonomic .. you know?

Plus, wouldn't that be wilful objectification of men? Which is a strict no no, yes?

I like double negatives.

the wannabe indian punkster said...

@ TAP: If the balls faced outward, it might be ergonomic. But I guess a penis redesign would be in the books if such an idea came into fruition, yes? :)

Anonymous said...

cant believe you r a feminist who thinks, penis toys are"They aren’t meant to demean the penis, indeed the very nature of these products bizarrely celebrate the penis by simulating acts which are ‘culturally’ looked upon as debasing or submissive. "but do not think the same abt boob products,nobody says the penis products are made with such an intent..so u agree tat u still feel from the inside tat men r superior....stop callin urself a feminist.LOL....

Anonymous said...

Punkster, you finally answered. Good answer, but I have to disagree.

The fact that you are shocked at these products shows that you are against sex. You do not seem like you are against objecfication, but actually you do not like the idea of sexy things. Let me explain.

Does it upset you because they are breasts? I'm pretty sure you would not have cared if it was hands or legs. They are objectifying too, but why the focus on only breast products? That makes me think that you are more anti sexuality than objectifiation.

Also I know that this was also another point you mentioned in the post. But tell me, where have you proven that you think otherwise?

Swati said...

Fantastic post, punkster. Its funny how these people come here and basically dont read the post or anything you have said. But who cares! Their "wisdom" is what matters. You are a "weak" woman with hyper emotions after all.

PS: My first time here and lovin it.

Anonymous said...

Why no answer, punkster? Is your silence proof that you are anti sex instead of against objectification? Do not think I am putting pressure. I am just interested in your views.

the wannabe indian punkster said...

My god, tis' the deluge of anons!

@ First anon: Buh, did you read the whole comment? Do you see that breast toys and baubles overwhelmingly fall in the joke/office supply category, while penis toys are usually edible in the form of candy/ice popsicles? What does that tell you? I'd like you to answer this first, before you wildly invent hyperbolic, nonsensical statements. And the fake LOL doesn't mean a thing.

@ Apologist anon: Wow, just wow. Did you read my post? Did you read my comment? It is just hilarious that your comment embodies yet another point I had listed out at the end of my post. And being fully aware of the fact, you STILL choose to blather on, peppering your comments with potshots and pearls of MRA wisdom, but who's counting?

The fact that you are shocked at these products shows that you are against sex.

Does it upset you because they are breasts? I'm pretty sure you would not have cared if it was hands or legs. They are objectifying too, but why the focus on only breast products?

So do you really think that disembodied breasts/ass novelties hold the exact same cultural significance as hands/feet products? Do you really mean that? Am I the only one who finds this comparison terminally absurd? Please stop with the strawfeminists, I implore you. As for your ludicrously predictable feminists-are-teh-prudes-and-they-hate-sex! trope, I'd suggest you stuff it.

That reeks of obvious trollery, and the only reason why I'm letting your comments through is because a) I'm in a surprisingly benevolent mood and b) I'm bored. Don't push your luck.

@ Swati: Hello and thank you!

Unmana said...

Strong and honest words, as usual. More power to you!

the wannabe indian punkster said...

@ Unmana: Thank you so much, unmana. Right after a deluge of anon moronism, your comment really lifted my spirits up. :)

venkee said...

@ First anon: Buh, did you read the whole comment? Do you see that breast toys and baubles overwhelmingly fall in the joke/office supply category, while penis toys are usually edible in the form of candy/ice popsicles?

So u r saying if those werent mouse pads but candies(chocolates)/ice popsicles.....then boob products wud also be They aren’t meant to demean the penis(boobs in this case), indeed the very nature of these products bizarrely celebrate the penis(boobs in this case) by simulating acts which are ‘culturally’ looked upon as debasing or submissive........
and how does an edible penis product "bizarrely celebrate the penis"....i dont understand..(ok guys lets not make the rubber boobies any more lets make edible ones... LOL)...any way i completely agree to watever u have written abt using such products for a cause like breast cancer ,but i dont agree when u say,female disembodied body parts are painfully representative of objectification and sexism, that wud hold good for a penis product either a candy or something in watever form....too if one thinks abt it that way...but we men dont....(cos we arent like the women-feminists who think edible boobies and pussy toys are good but not rubber ones cos u know they represent sexism LOL)...but i wundt think abt it that way....if i saw a woman eating one of those penis candies...tat wud turn me on....i bet any woman who has ever eaten it wud have........err i better not say it....and its the same when men buy these mouse pads(ofcourse when not sold under the cover of spreading awareness abt a disease)too
u being a woman shud be happy with such products,dont those products tell u,u r a somebody who has the real thing(*wink*wink*) and not be pissed abt it...they dont represent sexism...all these boob toys say is look these things are good and only women have the real ones .....(am jealous now, i dont have boobs and am crying).....so tat makes women better.....
well...i think,like the other guy said, u hate sex

neha vish said...

Yikes. What bothers me is something so obviously targeted at men masquerading as something beneficial for women. And as for the anon who suggests that feminists should be concerned about more "serious" issues - that anon doesn't understand the fundamental premise of feminism anyway. As a feminist you make are concerned about anything that demeans women or objectifies them. If a person can't connect the dots between such blatant objectification and the consequential "serious" issues - that person is a moron.

Anonymous said...

U indirectly(or unknowingly) market those pads.

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Snarky Repartee said...

When you get tired of battling these trolls please take a look at this blog: http://www.assertivepatient.com/ :
The Assertive Cancer Patient -- Really witty commentary about the crap breast cancer patients have to put up with from the pink marketing brigades.
Totally agree with your post btw.

Mystique said...

yes of course....that so-called mousepad does not make me aware of breast cancer at all. man the guys in the ad agency have warped logic.

kamal said...

You guys are all educated and intelligent. There are a lot of dumb people in this world who donot register subtle, intelligent promotions. I am one of them. How do you reach out to people like me ?

Only an ad which is tounge in cheek, witty and can break through the mental cobwebs of dumb men can make that impact.

Sex sells doesent it ? Why not ride it to spread the campaign. The more popular the mouse pads get, the more people learn about breast cancer.

Afterall no kyle minouge is going to speak about it ? At the end of the day she is just a hot chick.

Instead of being politically correct and morally upright, these ad guys did what it takes to get the message across.

Afterall see how many dumb guys like me got to know about breast cancer.

The proof is indeed in the pudding. We are still talking about it. arent we ?

IMHO its a job well done. Chill guys, Its just another opinion. Dont burn me in the altar of righteous indignation.

Kamal

Renovatio said...

Wow, I just love the anons this round. It seems they're doing it on purpose now.

What I especially fail to understand is how this spreads awareness. Is it lumpy in places to simulate the kind of lumps its 'target audience' ought to be looking for?

La vida Loca said...

Have a wonderful 2008, Punkster!

hedonistic hobo said...

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2007/12/the_fug_girls_since_when_is_je.html

who knew but the fug girls are on to something. (gofugyourself.tyepad.com)

so i asked before and i ask again, are you on facebook?

and ooh i have to ask, you're anti-sex aren't you?
haha....the things people say.

o dear! your blog is so good but sometimes it's your trolls that make me spend so much time here.

the wannabe indian punkster said...

Happy new year y'all!

@ Venkee: The lack of logic. The mind boggles. I'll answer your comment in detail later.

@ Neha: I know! Thats actually the most common trope paraded by anons on feminist blogs. 'But but, y is so much more important than x! Waa!', it's weirdly amusing after a point.

@ Anon: Oh yes, I totally did. Now wheres my commission?

@ Snarky Repartee: Thanks for the link! And I can so imagine how exasperating all this aggressive pink marketing can be.

@ Mystique: Seriously!

@ Kamal: The mind boggles, yet again. I will answer your comment later, as well.

@ Ren: Now that is an excellent point. Because if their lofty aim is to promote awareness, then they should go the whole hog, yes?

@ La Vida Loca: Thank you! And a happy new year to you too!

@ Hobo: Yes, I'm on FB! Email me!

[wannabe.punkster@gmail.com]

Anonymous said...

oh yu want commission?..ok,wat ya want?..couple of those pads?.:)

venkee said...

okies will wait for ur detailed reply

Priyanka said...

Am almost embarrassed to post a comment here coz all i do is write a fashion blog (sue me!!) but what can i say!!????...... absolutely, love, love, love your blog!! Every post makes for such an interesting read! Niiice!

srini said...

hey, this isn't necessarily about this particular post, though i think this one's brilliant as well. It's about your entire blog, it's un- bloody- believable. Amazing. And this is one seriously brave stand you've taken, totally true, actually. Waiting for your next post. Oh yeah, have a great new year. Cheers.

Renovatio said...

Peekaboo, we miss you. Oh what the hell, I miss you.

the wannabe indian punkster said...

@ Ren: Soon, I promise.

Drunken Master said...

I wouldn't want to be caught dead with any of these mouse pads, because if I wanted to see titties, there are other easier accessible and less embarrassing means I have at my disposal to ensure viewing and/or touching.

I disagree with the mousepads, but not entirely for all the same reasons listed as you, but am too tired to elaborate further.

My two paise worth restarts with your next post. Cheers.

anonymouse said...

Speaking of which, send my your FB profile like as well. (Mine should be obvious)

bendinggender said...

o lord my god! whatever next?!

Art said...

say... is that a trick question right at the end?

A guy that reads your blog pretty often and doesn't comment. Ta daa.

Drunken Master said...

Cen u b my FB phrend 2?

the wannabe indian punkster said...

@ Drunken: lol yes! Just email me at wannabe[dot]punkster[at]gmail[dot]com. But you knew that already. :)

Hops said...

Great post, per usual. Ditto to all the sentiments that yes, this is a big deal, objectification of women, slippery slope, etc. It's annoying at the very least, downright dangerous at the worst.

But what really cheeses me off is that not only does this "novelty office supply" company demean women, but they also discriminate against left-handed people! WTF!

Da Rodent said...

Hmm....

WA said...

So popular, looks like people are queuing up to become your FB buddy :) Now where is the next post

g-man said...

...and i bow

La vida Loca said...

wake up and post girl!
all good?

Broom said...

Knock knock. Where have you disappeared?!

Monika said...

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