Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Shirt Ad: Too Suggestive of a Picture?

One of my readers is concerned that as much as he would like his teenaged son to be reading my blog, that picture of the very pretty lady in the shirt ad is approaching too suggestive. My first reaction was, "Hmmmm. She's very pretty, and I'm not sure that I would accept an ad that went much beyond this, but is this really that provocative of a picture?" Admittedly, I'm not a hormone-crazed teenaged male anymore (although I remember those times with considerable displeasure), but is this picture really problematic? I mean, compared to broadcast television? She's cute, she's healthy, her shoulders are bare, but I didn't think that this was a problematic picture.

So I asked my wife--and she thought the picture was a bit too provocative as well.

Should I suggest to the advertiser that he use a different picture the next time this ad comes up for renewal? I know that ad must work, because the advertiser keeps renewing it. I hate to turn away a repeat advertiser, especially because I don't find the picture all that provocative (especially compared to say, living in California).

On the other hand, I don't want to turn away potential readers. This blog isn't primarily about making money. (If it were, I would be very disappointed.) On the other hand, the advertising revenue does roughly pay for the cost of my Internet service.

So tell me: is this young lady just too exciting for a staid, boring, and Christian blog like mine?

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