Marks and Spencer has come under fire for a new festive window display that showcases some seasonal sartorial “must-haves” for its customers: for men, a snappy new suit, and for women?
“In the era of #MeToo and with the recent case of a woman’s underwear being used against her in a rape trial, it seems a particularly poor choice of window display and wording by Marks and Spencer,” she said.
"She added that everyone should wear "whatever they want" but criticised the normalisation of stereotypes "through the juxtaposition of images of women apparently obsessed with 'fancy little knickers' with images of fully clothed men being 'dressed to impress' in suits".
As the first city on the UK to make misogyny a hate crime, it is disappointing to see a window display that reduces women to their underwear while the male statement is about dressing to impress.”
Image caption A display at the same Nottingham store suggests women must also have "outfits to impress" One reply to the Facebook post alluded to a rape trial in which the defendant's lawyer suggested a teenage girl's choice of underwear suggested she had consented to sex.
Lisa-Marie Taylor, CEO at FiLiA, told HuffPost UK the display is an example of women and girls being faced with “sexist images that reflect and perpetuate outdated sexist stereotypes”.
Image copyright MS Image caption The wider campaign includes an image of model David Gandy washing up MS said its stores had various combinations of Christmas window displays, but the same two displays would appear next to one another at some other branches.
Image copyright Siân Steans Image caption A campaigner altered the window so that it read "full human rights" instead of "knickers" Fran Bailey asked: "Ok, MS Nottingham, have we really not learned anything in the last 35 years?
"Marks & Spencer said its shops had several combinations of Christmas window displays.In a statement, the retailer said: "M sells more underwear, in more shapes, sizes and styles, than any other retailer, especially at Christmas.
M&S criticised for sexist window display calling ‘fancy little knickers’ a ‘must-have’ for women
The left side of the display, which includes a suited and booted image of male model David Gandy, is accompanied by the text: “Must-have outfits to impress”.
Marks & Spencer has been embroiled in a sexism row after a window display was branded "vomit-inducing" for placing women's "fancy little knickers" beside men's suits.The display at a Nottingham store shows model David Gandy wearing a suit with the tagline "must-have outfits to impress".
"We've highlighted one combination in our windows, which are part of a wider campaign that features a large variety of must-have Christmas moments, from David Gandy washing up in an M suit through to families snuggling up in our matching PJs."
Image caption Fran Bailey said the juxtaposition was "grossly, grossly offensive" Feminists have described a Marks Spencer window display that suggests women must have "fancy little knickers" as sexist and "vomit-inducing".