Nearly a month ago Daphne L. sent us this poster advertising the new television show about lawyers, Damages. I saw it all around town and maybe you did, too.
I have been trying to think of something interesting to say about it. I have rejected my first instinct–that the ad represents woman-on-woman violence designed to titillate men and reproduce the stereotype of women as catty–as totally off. I am not having any luck coming up with an idea of how it fits into our collective consciousnesses.
There is certainly something fascinating here, but it may just be the way in which Glenn Close is looking calmly into the camera, while the brunette doesn’t even seem to notice or care that she is there. Perhaps some advertising is just meant to surprise or disturb the reader and be memorable by virtue of failing to make any sense at all.
I leave it to you, oh readers, to articulate objections, explanations, and defenses. Or shall we just simply agree with Daphne that it is “unnerving” and leave it at that?