'Sexy' sausage ad causes stir in Swedish town
Published: 10 Jul 2012 10:07 GMT+02:00
Updated: 10 Jul 2012 10:07 GMT+02:00
The advert includes a close-up picture of a woman clutching a hotdog with two hands, with her lips wrapped around the tip of the sausage.
Below reads the text “Thick sausage with bread” together with prices and other items on sale at the street kiosk, located in Simrishamn in southern Sweden.
Gender studies expert Britten Dehlin has immediately taken issue with the picture.
“This is a sexualized picture. A prime example of an poorly-thought through act and a traditional gender approach with the aim of drawing in customers,” she told the local Ystads Allehanda newspaper.
Dehlin had also been outraged the year before when the kiosk featured an ad of a naked woman wrapping herself around a sausage.
However, kiosk owner Jörgen Andersson doesn’t see the problem.
“I think the picture’s fun! The youngsters don’t get it – they only see the sausage,” he told the paper, adding that the picture had been used by Swedish food retailer Scan around seven years ago.
Meanwhile, Dehlin is furious that the picture may sour potential residents from moving to the area, claiming the sexy sausage ad “sabotages” the municipality's gender equality.
“We want people to come here, we want Simrishamn to have a good reputation and take the lead with our gender equality work. This is not just behind the times, but it’s working against equality,” she told the paper.
Meanwhile, a member of the local council which allows the vendor to rent space at the municipality-run sports hall told the paper he hadn't seen the ad but would nevertheless make sure the offending menu is removed "immediately".