Are the Summer’s Eve “All Hail the V” ads racist? That’s the question Clutch magazine posed to readers earlier this week regarding a recent series of commercials featuring talking vaginas —one Black, one Latina, and one white—all speaking in a rather stereotypical manner. Take a look for yourself.
Initially I was too disturbed by the idea of talking vaginas and the realization that I can make my hand look like one to even focus on the race issue. (No, I’m not afraid of lady parts, I just don’t want to see any body part, other than the mouth, talking.) I think Summer’s Eve had good intentions — trying to celebrate the female body in a positive way and trying to ensure that all women felt represented — but the blatant use of stereotypes overshadows that. When the black vagina said she was going to hit the club I flipped and when the Latina vagina said “Boo” I was done.
What do you think?