Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Not To Be Capitalist But I Love This Gillette Ad

I was all set to be cynical about this ad put out by Gillette because no matter how you slice it, it's a big company owned by one of the like five massive conglomerates that own everything we buy and I am not going to believe this is anything more than a marketing scheme to them but damnit if it didn't bring tears to my eyes.

Damnit, Gillette.

Some people who are apparently even more bitter than I am are like "uh yeah this is just telling men to exhibit basic human decency" and they're right but man, I've been a serious feminist for at least 10 years now, and 10 years ago even something like this felt out of reach. All I wanted was for people to demand basic accountability from men and lay the blame for men's violence against women at the feet of men. I would have killed for the idea of "isn't it time we stopped excusing bad behavior in men and boys" to become so mainstream as to be in a Gillette commercial.

It's sad that we were so far away from something that basic and common sense that my feeling right now is "we've come so far." But damn, we have.

You also can't understate the value of shitty men getting incredibly pissed off when told to act like adults, and there is plenty of that happening, from full-on tantrums to centrist dorks already putting out thinkpieces about how the Gillette ad doesn't "work." And it's not because it rings hollow from a massive corporate entity that's definitely exploiting women of color right now.

Nobody asked you, Josh.

But really, most of the fragile takes on this ad are tired and predictable. It's the old "THIS AD IS ATTACKING MASCULINITY" which is, of course, admitting that they think that men are inherently violent and useless when it comes to raising kids. Which they want to believe because it means they don't have to be held accountable for their actions like real adults. I've been hearing that shit for 10 years and I'm so over it.

Anyway, Procter & Gamble, could you stop being a giant monopoly maybe? Stop exploiting underpaid workers as you're almost certainly doing?

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